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An Afro-Latinx Mixtape

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is seeking multidisciplinary artists to showcase original work for “An Afro-Latinx Mixtape,” a visual art exhibition conceived and curated by Adrian Bermeo. The show will exhibit artists’ visual interpretations of musical genres that have carried our ancestors, spoken for communities, and influenced global culture. Musical genres inspiring the exhibit include Hip-Hop, Jazz, Motown, Reggaeton, Rumba, Bomba, Salsa, Blues, Reggae, and more. As a celebration of Black and Latin@ musical genres, many being born in Africa, the Americas and Caribbean islands, this exhibition aims to represent a multinational combination of sounds and stories, as told by artists living in the undeniable melting pot that is New York City. The exhibition will be on display in JCAL’s galleries from July 26, 2024 to September 13, 2024 and is part of our Visual Voices curatorial initiative. Artists selected for this exhibition will each receive a $250.00 stipend.

About Visual Voices
Visual Voices, is a cohort of emerging and midcareer curators who will receive, from 2023 to 2025, the fiscal, strategic and institutional support to propose and mount exhibitions in JCAL’s galleries in order to amplify Queens-based BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. Visual Voices curators will identify, cultivate and elevate emerging BIIPOC talent, and produce artist talks, workshops and demonstrations. Visual Voices reflects our leadership’s conviction that a diverse community isn’t defined top-down by a cultural institution, but rather by giving agency and power to a community to define itself.

     · Solo artists only; no collectives or collaborations will be considered;
     · Artist must be a current resident of NYC. Special priority given to Queens-based artists.  
     · Artists under 18 may participate with parental or guardian consent, with the minimum age being 13.
     JCAL welcomes artists of all races, colors, religions, languages, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, ages, disabilities, and socioeconomic and marital statuses. Those who identify as part of underrepresented communities, and whose work centers on the artist’s personal experiences and observations, are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Deadline to submit is April 20, 2024. Only one application per artist will be accepted. Work will be reviewed based on quality and the completeness of the accompanying application. You may be contacted with follow-up questions regarding the nature of the work and the manner of intended exhibition. Artists are responsible for transporting and collecting all artwork to and from the institution. JCAL reserves the right to not exhibit artwork that does not meet display criteria or does not align with the institution’s mission. 

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