Housed in a completely renovated 1858 landmark building—the former First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica—JPAC features a 400-seat multi-purpose performance space that offers theatre productions, music concerts, film festivals, dance performances and arts education. This venue is available for productions, special events, seminars, rehearsals and meetings.
A non-profit organization that offers visual, performing and literary arts, arts education and artist programs such as an in-school residency workshop, to encourage participation in the arts and contribute to the cultural enrichment of Queens and the Greater Metropolitan area. Thursday night jazz concerts, Saturday Family Matinees, the Making Moves Dance Festival and a variety of classes throughout the year enliven this historic building in the heart of our district.
Today the centerpiece of an 11-acre park in Jamaica, Queens, King Manor was the home and farm of Founding Father Rufus King from 1805 to 1827. Rufus King was an author of the U.S. Constitution, as well as one of New York’s first United States Senators and an Ambassador to Great Britain. He was also an early and outspoken opponent of slavery. King Manor later became the estate of King’s son, John Alsop King, who served as New York’s Governor. King Manor has been a museum since 1900 and offers weekly free tours and a variety of “hands on history” workshops and educational experiences to the public. A true can’t-miss gem.