Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is pleased to open its application portal for the 15th annual Making Moves Dance Festival (MMDF). To create more performance opportunities, we have expanded to a three-day event at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC).   

MMDF2024 will present commissions by, and performances from, up to nine choreographers on Fri., Sept 20, 2024, Sat., Sept 21, 2024. Sun., Sept 22, 2024. All choreographers, dance artists, and companies working in any genre—including, but not limited to, modern, contemporary, African, ballet, ballroom, folk, hip hop, jazz, and social-dance influence (e.g., vogue, house, waacking)—are encouraged to apply; bold ideas are especially welcome. Early submission is encouraged; the submission deadline is 6 pm Friday, May 24, 2024.

MMDF2024 offers opportunities for choreographers and dance companies. 

 ● Major Commission: Two professional choreographers will each receive a $3000 commission to create a new, 30-minute work and present it at JPAC. Artists will be selected through an in-person audition/interview after a video submission. Commissioned choreographers will receive up to 80 hours of free rehearsal space at JCAL (space permitting). Commissioned choreographers will provide dancers, costumes, props, etc., out of commissioned funds (no solos or duets).

 ● Emerging Artists: As many as three professional choreographers and/or groups that are emerging and/or identify as underrepresented will receive a $1250 stipend to present a 15-minute piece at JPAC. Applicants must provide a record of accomplishment of public performances, commit time to the choreographic process, and highlight their creative concepts in their submissions.  

 ● Early-Career Artists: As many as four professional choreographers and/or groups will receive a $750 stipend to present a 10-minute piece at JPAC; pre-existing work is preferred. Applicants must provide a record of accomplishment of public performances, commit time to the choreographic process, and highlight their creative concepts in their submissions.

 MMDF2024 applicants will be selected by a jury of cultural leaders representing the diversity of NYC’s dance community; the jury will be chaired by JCAL Artistic Director Courtney Ffrench.

Applicants will be selected based on the strength of submitted work samples; clarity of choreographic vision; ability to communicate their commitment to purpose, aesthetic, and technique; an artist statement; evidence of training pertinent to the work; and a documented track record of artistic activity in NYC. Calls of inquiry regarding the status of an application will not be returned.

MMDF2024 applicants may be considered for multiple opportunities but can only be awarded in one category. Selected artists may request up to six hours of rehearsal space at JCAL/JPAC the week before MMDF2024, plus one dress and one tech rehearsal directly on the JPAC stage.

MMDF2024 applicants must be at least 18 years old, residents of NYC as of the application deadline, and have previously presented work in a public setting. Queens residents receive preference for all opportunities.

  • Scoring will be based on technique, intent, storytelling, and presentation. 
  • A minimum of 3 minutes of straight video footage per work sample is required. Work samples should be no more than 3 years old. No reels or trailers, no edits, or cuts
  • If sending a long work sample, please timestamp length for viewing, 3 minutes max (your best 3 minutes) 
  • Maximum 3 work samples. 
  • Submit work samples as online links (YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive) in a PDF. *If samples are password protected and a password is not given, the application will be disqualified
  • Cover letter, Resume, Contact info, and Work proposal required

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2024. No exceptions, no extensions.

Selected artists announced to artists: June 10, 2024  

Selected artists announced to the public: Monday, June 24, 2024

For questions about the application please contact: 

David Smith, Program Associate- Dsmith@jcal.org 

MMDF 2023 is supported by the Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance, with additional support from New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

About JCAL 

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), founded in 1972, is a multidisciplinary arts center based in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. Our mission is devoted to offering quality visual, performing, and literary arts and to providing accessible education programs to encourage participation in the arts. Operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sundays and major holidays. For more information, call JCAL at 718-658-7400 or visit JCAL.org.

About Jamaica Flux

Launched in 2004, Jamaica Flux was created to build equity and to expand cultural inclusion throughout Southeast Queens. For the sixth iteration and 20th anniversary of Jamaica Flux in 2024, JCAL will build on this legacy by once again uniting artists, local residents, curators, scholars, and community stakeholders to harness and catalyze the transformative power of the arts. Projects informed by a commitment to social change, and which drive inclusive public discourse, collective civic action, and deep community engagement, are especially welcome.

Previous Jamaica Flux iterations have consistently situated principles of social practice, exploring and incorporating such diverse contemporary issues as urban development, wellness, education, fair trade, and small business into traditional and interdisciplinary artforms. Over 140 artists and collectives have taken part over the years, from installing large-scale public installations and convening interactive projects and workshops to potato ecology, SAT tutoring, CGI/AR videos, walking audio tours, and papermaking on the street.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) seeks proposals from visual artists for Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2024, a multidisciplinary project focused on site-specific public artworks temporarily installed in a tight, one-mile radius of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. Projects that meaningfully explore the area’s diverse cultural geography and utilize dialogue and deep collaboration with local businesses, organizations, and/or public sites within the community, are particularly welcome. Each artist selected will receive at least $1,000 towards the completion of their proposed project. 


Selection Criteria:

· Conceptual rigor and artistic quality

· Articulation of the project’s potential to positively affect the local community;

· Feasibility and clarity of scope for the proposed project;

· Capacity of the artist to design and execute the project;

· Significance of the proposed project as an agent of social change;

· Understanding the professional benefit to the artist for participation in Jamaica Flux.


Project Sites

Sites for earlier iterations of Jamaica Flux have included King Manor Museum and Rufus King Park; Jamaica Market; Jamaica Colosseum Mall; Central Branch of the Queens Public Library; Jamaica Station of the Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica YMCA; York College/City University of New York; First Presbyterian Church; many local restaurants and businesses; and a range of public spaces (bus shelters, billboards, phone booths, street corners, sidewalks). 

JCAL’s two landmark buildings—Jamaica Arts Center (sidewalks, windows, balcony, galleries, classrooms) and Jamaica Performing Arts Center (lower level, fences, grass, lobby)—have also been utilized for Jamaica Flux projects. Previous Jamaica Flux sites are not necessarily locked in for 2024, but rather will be approached by the JCAL leadership during the project-selection process.

We strongly encourage artists to visit and to be thoughtful when identifying proposed sites for projects.


Applicant Eligibility

Artists currently living in New York City, working across all visual arts mediums, may apply regardless of age, gender, or nationality. JCAL honors the values of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Plan, thus Queens-based candidates that identify as BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) will receive priority.


Application Instructions

Proposals for Jamaica Flux shall be considered complete when all the following are included:

• Up to 2-page resume with full contact information (name, address, phone, email);

• 1 page artist statement or biography;

• 3-page full project proposal that must include the following elements:

o Detailed description of the project’s premise and concept;

o At least 1 suggested site and explanation of alignment with Jamaica Flux;

o Up to 5 drawings, designs, and/or segments germane to the proposed project;

o Ideas for supplemental public programs and/or events.

o Up to 6 images of previous artwork, clearly labeled.


For general inquiries, please email Visual Arts Program Associate Zach Frater at zfrater@jcal.org

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning