Sponsored in a combined effort by State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman and Council members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller, the Precise Publishing Group, Bethany Youth Ministries and the Voice of the Youth Changes Everything, the first ever MLK Poetry Slam with be held at 7 p.m.
Hosted by community civic leader and author Delicia Davis and Franck Joseph, the two hour artistic throwdown where participants are encouraged to speak on pride, social justice, inequality, race or any of the core principles of Dr. King. It is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.
Located at the Bethany French Baptist Church (90-21 160 St.) in Jamaica. Submit your work to perform at MLKPoetrySlam@gmail.com
First Fridays at JCAL
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s “First Friday Residency Series” aims to provide an inviting and nurturing environment for artists in need of a platform to exhibit their work. Musicians, poets and writers, performers and visual artists are welcome to submit concepts of unfinished work to be refined at JCAL. Selected artists will present on the First Friday of every month. January will feature the works of Carlos Casado Project, Thalys Peterson and Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess.
There will then be a closing reception by Faith Holland featuring her gallery, Female Adapter.
These events will occur from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call the JCAL at (718) 658-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
York College Computer Programming Academy
With the ever growing importance of tech in the workplace, it’s never been a better time to earn the necessary skills that’ll make your resume stand out.
Through the York College’s Computer Programming Academy, you can be trained to become a certified web developer. The training program is geared towards 18 to 24 year olds living in South Queens who have a high school or equivalency diploma and are not currently in school or working full time. The York College Computer Programming Academy will run from February to May, Monday to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enrollment into the program requires an assessment test and an in-person interview. Students can expect to graduate from this certification program with website and application programming and development skills, a portfolio of projects, and a paid part-time internship with a tech startup lasting 4 weeks. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, Jan. 13. For additional information and to receive an application, email email@example.com.
Undissed and Very Able
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) will be presenting Undissed and Very Able, a photography exhibition created by the members of the Progressive Visions Photo Club. Based in Woodside, the Progressive Visions Photo Club is made up of a group of photographers with disabilities, and the exhibition will display the work of over 20 contributing photographers from the club.
The exhibit is being held at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.
Festival an Koulè (Haitian Art Festival)
Queens Library is proud to present “Festival an Koulè” a six-week exhibit of artists who represent the rich culture of Haiti in their art.
Twenty established and emerging Haitian artists—many of them Queens locals—will display their works at Cambria Heights, Rochdale Village, St. Albans, and South Hollis—the four libraries that serve the large and vibrant Haitian community of Southeast Queens.
Haiti is a country of great beauty, a vibrant Caribbean culture, and a heroic history, populated by people with a natural gift for storytelling. Haitian art reveals the riches of Haiti’s spirit, rendered in vibrant colors and bold patterns.
This six-week art exhibit will spotlight a variety of established and emerging Haitian artists – many Queens locals – and the vibrant culture that is present in the communities of Cambria Heights (218-13 Linden Blvd.), Rochdale Village (169-09 137th Ave.), South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Ave.) and St. Albans (191-05 Linden Blvd.).
GingerBread Lane in Corona
Over in Western Queens, one of the holiday’s most delectable treats gets turned into a sight to behold. A 500-square-foot mini-metropolis with more than 1,000 houses bridges, stores, trees, trains, and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy will be on display once again this year. The annual exhibition always includes Candy Cane Place, Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, and Toffee Boulevard.
The display will be at the New York Hall of Science located on 47-01 111th St. in Corona. It will be on display until Jan. 15.