Situated in the restored Queens Registry building on bustling Jamaica Avenue, the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning is a community school of the arts, a professional arts center and an integral part of the city's multicultural arts scene.
The center's multidisciplinary visual and performing arts classes are offered in ten-week cycles three times each year at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Workshops for younger children include keyboard and guitar; tap, jazz, African dance and ballet; photography, ceramics, painting and drawing; and martial arts. Children ages 8 to 12 can experiment with computer graphics and other media, while those ages 13 to 17 can enroll in the continuing Teen Arts Intensive program. This afterschool workshop offers teens education in drama, voice, ceramics, painting and drawing and is held Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm. Fees are $5 per week.
Classes in the visual and performing arts are available both at the center and in-school. In addition, performances reflecting a wide range of cultural heritages and artistic disciplines are presented at the center. Past offerings have included the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, India, China and Latin America, as well as multicultural puppet shows, mime, storytelling, magic and folk music. Under special circumstances, performances at other locations can be arranged. While at the center, students may tour the art gallery. Packages available include galley talk and related workshops.