Exploring the Metropolis Announces Move to Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Katie Cox

Exploring the Metropolis Inc., the only arts nonprofit exclusively dedicated to analyzing and resolving workspace issues for New York City’s performing artists, announced their relocation to the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, in the vibrant cultural hub of downtown Jamaica, Queens.
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) has been a longtime partner of Exploring the Metropolis with the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies. EtM moved from their former Manhattan office to Jamaica on August 9.
“For the last five years, starting with our Queens Workspace Initiative, more of our work has focused on space for artists in Queens, and specifically Jamaica,” said David Johnston, Executive Director of Exploring the Metropolis. “With the opening of JCAL’s Co-Work Space and the start of our fifth year of EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies in Jamaica – right there in the same building – it seemed the right time to make the move.”
“We are excited to shift our administrative operations to the place where so much of our programming happens. We love deepening our partnership with JCAL and with the artists, and we love being a part of the cultural landscape in Jamaica.”
JCAL’s affordable Co-Work space aims to help emerging artmakers, cohorts and companies start their businesses while being an incubator for artists to share and work with their peers,” said Cathy Hung, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.
“The partnership with EtM for the last four years has been a wonderful experience. Their decision to move their headquarters to JCAL’s Co-Work space is a perfect testimony to that partnership.” EtM’s office is now on the fifth floor of JCAL, near the studios of local artists.
Now in its fifth year, the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning provides space for new work for the growing community of dance and musicmakers in Queens and specifically, Jamaica. This program stems from our Queens Workspace Initiative study, which identified Jamaica as an area of untapped resources: underutilized space, excellent public transportation and great potential for an impact on the performing arts landscape.Four choreographer/composer teams (eight artists total) are selected by a panel to receive free space over a three-month period at JCAL, to develop new work. Each artist receives a stipend of $2,000. Each team presents free public programs at JCAL, allowing the community a rare look inside the creative process of these artists.

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