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Arts, Culture & Public Space

Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC)

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.

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Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL)

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.

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King Manor Museum

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.

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Rufus King Park

An 11.5 acre park named after Founding Father Rufus King. His residence is now home to the aforementioned historic King Manor Museum, located in the center of the park. Park facilities include a playground, an expansive sports field, winding walking paths and shaded groves, handball courts and bathrooms. Additional green space can be found a few blocks at Parsons Public Space, an open air plaza abutting Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, complete with moveable tables and chairs, decorative plantings and occasional public events.
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Nearby York College (part of the City University of New York “CUNY” system)

Boasting a performing arts center of its own, with a 1372-seat main theater and a 152-seat little theater. Recent productions and performers gracing the stage include Dance Theater of Harlem, a student-run production of Godspell and more. Along the open breezeway of York College’s campus also lies a hidden historic gem—Prospect Cemetery, which dates back to 1660 and serves as final resting place of several Revolutionary War soldiers and prominent Queens families like the Van Wycks and Sutphins.
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Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ)

Uniting artists, arts organizations, local businesses and educational leaders in efforts to strengthen community and economic development. Nationally recognized as a “Cultural Engine” of community development by the Center for Urban Futures, CCJ has successfully created and managed a wide range of collaborative programs that support its members and greatly impacts community knowledge of, and access to, local cultural offerings and tourism opportunities. Key initiatives include Jamaica JAMS fest, Holidays on the Avenue and Summer Arts in the Park programming.
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Afrikan Poetry Theatre

A non-profit organization that provides a range of cultural, educational, recreational, and social programs that celebrate African-based culture and heritage.
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Jamaica YMCA

Promoting positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body. It is welcoming of all people, with a focus on youth. The YMCA offers a full-service gym and special programming for children and older adults.
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