Survey: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
educational organization providing community workshops in various arts disciplines
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Performance Space
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Mission Statement since 2003: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is a non-profit organization that offers visual, performing and literary arts, arts education and artists’’ programs to encourage participation in the arts and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the children and adults of Queens and the Greater Metropolitan area. Mission Statement prior to 2003: Through education in the arts and humanities, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc. provides accessible and diverse programs that promote creative expression and personal growth to individuals, the business and civic communities of Southeastern Queens.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is a 34-year-old multidisciplinary urban arts center located in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. More than 25,000 people of all ages and backgrounds participate in our wide array of education, performing arts, and visual arts programs annually. JCAL was founded in 1972 as part of a large-scale effort to revitalize the declining Jamaica business district. Downtown Jamaica, like many neighborhoods across the United States, experienced a long period of decline in the 1960s. In 1967, local artists, business leaders and community members came together to restore the decaying commercial corridor along Jamaica Avenue. They acquired the abandoned Queens Register of Titles and Deeds Building – a New York landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places – and transformed it into an urban cultural center that would serve as a symbol of Jamaica’s reawakening and act as a magnet for businesses, shoppers, and residents returning to the downtown area. Today, the Center’s neo-Renaissance building features a 1,650 square foot visual arts gallery, a 99-seat proscenium theater, three painting and three dance studios, a ceramics studio, a computer lab, and a newly renovated, soundproof music studio. Our programs for children, teens, and adults include a multicultural series of music, theater, and dance performances; film screenings and lectures; contemporary visual arts exhibitions; in-school artist residencies; a series of nearly 50 different arts workshops; and free or low-cost after-school and summer programs. In addition to onsite workshops and events, our pioneering alliance with nearby schools initiated one of the first Arts in Education programs in the country. This award-winning program has helped to establish the educational viability of collaborations between schools and community based organizations nationwide.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
JCAL’s neo-Renaissance building features a 1,650 square foot visual arts gallery, a 99-seat proscenium theater, three painting and three dance studios, a ceramics studio, and a soundproof music studio. Our Education, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts programs serve the residents of Southeast Queens and the greater New York metropolitan area. Education: JCAL currently offers a comprehensive array of in-school and on-site arts education programs for children, teens, and adults including: Teen Spot, a series of after-school/summer arts workshops that enables teens to deepen their understanding of dance, architecture, visual arts, or spoken word; School Day, which consists of customized in-school artist residencies and hands-on arts workshops for K –12 students; a six-week Summer Arts Program, through which children enjoy arts workshops as well as weekly cultural field trips; and over 50 different Community Workshops in subjects ranging from belly dancing and guitar to ceramics, painting, quilting, and drama. Performing Arts: The Center presents a wide variety of performing arts events in its intimate 99-seat theater each year. Our ticket prices are kept low ($5 - $10) in order to ensure that all of our constituents have affordable access to high-quality cultural events in their own community. Events include dance performances and demonstrations; jazz, classical, and world-music concerts; spoken word events and open mic nights; and theatrical productions. With the opening of a second facility in 2007, “The Church Project” (working title), we will have the capacity to significantly increase our performing arts offerings. Visual Arts: The goals of JCAL’sVisual Arts Program are as follows: 1) Encourage the development and exhibit the work of under-represented artists, especially artists of color, women, and emerging artists. 2) Provide our constituency with free access to contemporary visual art that reflects the rich cultural diversity and urban relevance of Southeast Queens. 3) Serve as an arts services organization providing New York artists, particularly those residing in the outer boroughs, with career resources and support.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Zuri McKie
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Anita Segarra
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Heng-Gil Han
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Many indoviduals would poccess archival materials of JCAL, such as atists, former board and staff.
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
We are planning to establish a research lab where the archive would be stored for the public.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
11 - 20
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
1 - 10
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Building the research lab
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Building the research lab
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$45,001 - $50,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$90,001 - $100,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
Who executed this survey.: 
Heng-Gil Han
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: