Author: Stephanie

Holiday Gifts They Won’t Have to Dust!

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of music, arts, or ADVENTURE this holiday season with Infinity and Pearl City Clay House Gift Opportunities!

Infinity Gift Certificates, Pearl City Clay House Gift Certificates, and Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge 2022 Gift Certificates make great stocking stuffers, and allow your friends and family to explore their creativity!

Infinity Gift Certificates
Pearl City Clay House Gift Certificates
2022 Ultimate Adventure Challenge Gift Certificates/Registration

GivingTuesday is Here!

Help Infinity kick off the annual holiday giving season on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 with #GivingTuesday!

To celebrate Infinity’s 23rd year of service to Chautauqua County, we are preparing to raise $1,000 to support group classes, performing ensembles, and workshops for more Infinity Students!

These experiences are included in each students’ membership thanks to grant support and individual contributions that allow us to sustain offering these experiences at no additional cost to families. Experiences like this  provide additional opportunities for learning, mentoring, peer connection, and creative growth.

Infinity has been serving young people in the Chautauqua County region since 1998, and much of our success as an organization is thanks to a caring, encouraging community who supports the work that we are doing. We couldn’t do it without you!

As a non-profit organization, Infinity relies on grants and contributions to support our programming, including: private lessons, group classes, ensembles, equipment and instruments (and their maintenance and upkeep!), program supplies, and so much more.

Please consider kicking off your 2021 Giving Season by making a donation to Infinity’s #GivingTuesday initiative. Your tax-deductible donations helps ensure that our students can continue to, ” Explore! Experience! and Excel!” in the arts.

Together we make a difference!

If you will consider making a tax deductible donation, in any amount, you can change the life of a student right here in Chautauqua County! Arts Education makes a positive difference in the lives of our area youth!

MAKE A DONATION HERE.

All donations are tax deductible and will be accepted until December 31, 2021!

If you wish to make a donation in person, or by mail you may do so at:

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center
RE: Giving Tuesday
301 East 2nd Street
Lynn Building, Suite 101
Jamestown,

Fall Group Classes

November 2021 Group Classes

Mondays:
4:00pm-5:00pm, General Art with Renee B. Ages 6-12*

Tuesdays:
4:00pm-4:30pm, Jam Session with Sara R. Ages 5-10
5:30pm-6:30pm, Sculpting with Ashley O. Ages 10-18*
4:00pm-5:00pm, Advanced Art and Portfolio Development with Ashley (audition only)
6:30pm-7:30pm, Focused and Fun with Jamie L. Ages 13-18
7:00pm-8:00pm, Folk Ensemble with Sara (audition only)

Wednesdays: 
4:00pm-5:00pm, Intermediate Art with Ashley O. Ages 10-13
5:00pm-6:00pm, Songwriting Lab 1 with Laura B, Ages 9-12
5:30pm-6:15pm, Mini Monets with Melissa M. Ages 4-5
5:30pm-6:30pm, Landscape Painting with Ashley O. Ages 10-18
6:00pm-7:00pm, Songwriting Lab 2 with Laura B, Ages 13-18

Thursdays:
4:00pm-5:00pm, Developing DaVincis with Melissa M. Ages 6-9*
5:00pm-6:00pm, Theater Class with Jamie L. Ages 8-18*
5:00pm-6:00pm, K2 Beatz with Steve Davis (audition only)
5:00pm-6:00pm, INdie Rock Band with Jeremy B. (audition only)
5:30pm-6:30pm, Developing DaVincis with Melissa M. Ages 6-10
6:00pm-7:00pm, Performance Class with Jamie L. Jeremy B. and Sara R. Ages 13-18

 

Calling All Local Teens!

CALLING ALL AREA TEENS!

The Infinity Center wants to hear from you! Join Infinity’s Artistic Director, Jamie Lee, throughout September to share your ideas for music and arts classes, workshops, and events at the Infinity Center in the upcoming year. You do not need to be an Infinity Student to participate in think tank sessions. Come and let us hear your voice so Infinity can help bring your ideas to life in our community.

All in-person sessions will take place at the Infinity Center at 301 East 2nd Street in Jamestown, NY.

August 31, 3:30pm-6:00pm (in-person*)
September 2, 3:30pm-5:00pm (virtual Zoom meet-up)
September 7, 3:30pm-6:00pm (in-person*)
September 8, 3:30pm-6:00pm (in-person*)
September 14, 3:30pm-6:00pm (in-person*)

Sign up for a session HERE. 

*Students attending in-person sessions must follow Infinity’s in-person health and safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask within the Infinity Center. We will have extra masks on hand for any students who need one. Thanks for helping us keep the Infinity Center open for in-person activities! 

Infinity Announces New Programming and Artistic Director in Collaboration with Generator Z Grant Award.

Calling all teenagers! Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is excited to announce a new series of student-driven classes, experiences, and learning opportunities designed by teenagers, for teenagers!

Launched in 2020, Generator Z is a teen-led initiative to reimagine the future of afterschool. More than 1,000 ‘Generators’ from across Southeast Michigan and Western New York shared their afterschool experience and insight online. Afterschool providers stepped up with ideas to turn that teen insight into action. Over 90 providers across both regions received $4 million to bring their ideas to life in the next year and Jamestown’s own Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is one of them!

Generator Z is driven by teens and powered by Lakeshore Connections with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Learn more at www.generator-z.org.

Infinity read the Generator Z ideas from teens across Western New York, and listened to our own students at the Infinity Center, to develop a program idea that we cannot wait to have more local teenagers help us bring to life.

This grant award will allow teens at the Infinity Center to create original music, theater, dance, and artworks through “Originals Labs”, with their completed original works becoming final products such as original albums, books, framed displays, videos, and more!

Funding will also provide area teens with opportunities to develop portfolios, attend student-driven discussion groups to talk about topics that are important to them, attend performance workshops to learn skills such as performance technique, stage/equipment troubleshooting, MC skills, and more, participate in performance events and opportunities, and even help to plan field trips and special workshops.

Infinity Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, says, “This was my favorite grant that I have ever worked on. I love that youth voice was the driver, and that we were able to incorporate every creative and advanced performance idea we’ve always dreamed of being able to offer to Infinity Students. The funder’s approach was incredibly unique and impressively visionary. We are so excited to follow the students’ lead and watch this unfold!”

Along with all of the incredible new learning and performance opportunities that will be available at the Infinity Center with the support of this grant funding, Infinity has hired a new full time Artistic Director, Jamie Lee Bonfiglio-Davis, to implement this programming, connect students and their families with opportunities, and strengthen Infinity’s performance and talent-showcasing experiences for students.

Hawkins states, “We are kicking off our new program year in a big way, and a big part of that is adding Jamie Lee to our full-time staff. She has been a popular Infinity instructor for many years, and brings a unique set of skills to the program and performance team. Our instruction team is so strong, and this grant will allow us to add new instructors, too. We are thrilled to watch this year unfold, and so excited for the students who will benefit in unprecedented ways at Infinity because of this outstanding grant award! If a student is interested in performance and collaborative creativity, THIS is the year to join Infinity.”

Jamie Lee, Artistic Director, states, “There is so much we can do with this grant and I’m just waiting to hear from our youth to find out what it is they want to do! Infinity plans on setting up a few days in September to get together with local teens and see exactly what type of programming they want to see at Infinity this year and then I’ll do my best to make it happen! So, if you’re an Infinity teen you may be hearing from me soon! Also, if you’re a parent who thinks their child would like to be part of this process, please contact Infinity at 716-664-0991! The more minds the merrier. We’re hoping for an eclectic think tank of excited youth to help grow arts in our community through Infinity. How awesome is that? To say I am merely excited seems like an understatement. I’m bursting with enthusiasm being part of it all.”

If you are a local teen and are interested in taking a part of our Teen Think Tank Sessions please contact the Infinity Office at 716-664-0991 to learn about dates and times. If you’re a student interested in joining Infinity, please visit our website at www.infinityperformingarts.org/register to complete registration for our upcoming program year. Scholarships are also available for students and families who need financial support.

In support of these incredible efforts, Infinity is seeking to hire additional instructors for both private lessons and group class experiences in the following areas: Strings (violin, viola, cello), Piano, Drums, Theater, Art, Dance (hip-hop and lyrical), Infinite Exploration (introducing multiple instrument and art forms at beginner levels), and Woodwinds (flute, saxophone, clarinet).

If you feel you would be a good fit for the Infinity Instruction Team, please visit: www.infinityperformingarts.org/employment for more information and application instructions.

Local Music Showcase and Art Market

Save the date!!

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is excited to announce
Local Music Showcase and Art Market
Saturday, September 11, 2021
12pm-8pm
Basil and Bones (2061 Foote Ave, Jamestown).

 

Local Music Showcase and Infinity’s Annual Art Market are two of the Infinity’s biggest annual fundraisers. Both events were cancelled in 2020, but with some creative problem-solving the Infinity Team is thrilled to have found a new, fun way to bring both events back to our community in 2021.

Dubbed as, “The Night Music Reigns”, Infinity’s Local Music Showcase traditionally takes place throughout multiple venues in Downtown Jamestown and features more than 40 local musical acts. Infinity’s Annual Art Market features more than 20 local artist and crafting vendors.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Infinity is combining the two events into an outdoor, single-location fundraising event that will feature Basil & Bones’ food, live music, art and craft vendors, performance artists, live Infinity and Pearl City Clay House classes for community members, and other family-friendly activities.

Follow Infinity on Facebook for more announcements about Infinity’s Local Music Showcase and Art Market Event, or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org/lms-am

All funds raised from Infinity’s Local Music Showcase and Art Market will directly support music and arts education for area young people at the Infinity Center through private lessons, group classes, active learning experiences, ensembles, and performance opportunities.

ARTIST and CRAFT VENDORS: REGISTER HERE

 

Introducing Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge

INTRODUCING: Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge!

REGISTER HERE

Infinity is excited to announce a brand new, FUN-draising event that will encourage our community to break out of the box of isolation to celebrate and explore Chautauqua County!
Spend time with your friends, adventure outdoors with your family, and experience the beauty of our region in a safe, responsible way, while supporting music and arts education at the Infinity Center for our student artists, musicians, dancers, and actors!

Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge will be a 12-week outdoor challenge beginning on Thursday, June 10th and ending on Thursday, September 2nd. Adults, children, and families are encouraged to participate in this summer-long adventure!

Visit Chautauqua County locations and submit ‘selfie’ photographs of your stops along the way to earn a unique patch and/or sticker that was designed by local artist, Ashley Ordines.

Registration is currently OPEN and will remain open throughout the summer!

May 27 Quarantunes is LIVE!

Spring 2021: A Letter Students and Parents

Happy Spring!

How are you doing in the very strange year? We love seeing more students joining us at the Infinity Center and are so excited to continue adding new activities each month!

Infinity Group Classes are back!
Please see the attached list and stay tuned as we continue adding classes each month! All group classes require masks for the entire class. If you have more requests, let us hear them!

Infinity Business Hours
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently open Monday – Thursday each week. This schedule will continue through August 2021 when we will re-evaluate hours for our new program year, which will begin September 7, 2021.

Performance!
While we will not be able to have Café Shows, Summer Camps, or our Spring Showcase this year, we have a very creative team and they have been offering virtual talent-showcasing opportunities for Infinity students. Performers can sign up for a “Quaran-tunes” event and art students can submit work for our “Infinite Artistry” virtual art gallery! Call us or email perform@infinityperformingarts.org

2021-22 Student Registration*
Student Registration is now open for the 2021-22 program year! Students will be scheduled by Infinity staff members via phone in July and August in the order in which they were received, (prior to scheduling new students). Lesson Inquiry Forms may be completed online using the “Register” tab on Infinity’s website. Contact us if you need a paper copy.
For the 2021-22 Program year, the monthly Infinity private lesson membership fee will be $65/month (siblings $60/month). This membership fee covers a weekly private lesson and all group classes the student enrolls in.
The annual registration fee will remain at $20 and is due when the inquiry form is submitted.
PLEASE NOTE: 2021-22 registration fee and prior account balances need to be paid in full prior to scheduling for the new year.
Secure your spot with your preferred instructor by returning your registration forms as quickly as possible.

Need-Based Scholarships
Our 2021-22 Scholarship Application is available on Infinity’s website at the ‘Programs and Classes’ tab. Students needing financial assistance should fill out the form and return it with the required documentation as soon as possible. The first round of scholarships will be awarded August 15, 2021.

Instrument Rental Return
All instruments that have been out on loan are to be returned to Infinity before we close August 30, 2021. If you would like to request an instrument loan for the new program year, please indicate that on your new 2021-22 registration form.

LAST DAY of the 2020-21 Program Year: Monday, August 30th, 2021
We will once again be running a 12-month program for our new 2021-22 Program Year which will begin Tuesday, September 7, 2021!

Survey Time!
Surveys are more important than you may realize! We are always interested in hearing from you and discovering ways to improve our program. Additionally, we use survey results in grants and donation requests. Please complete the survey by following this link: https://forms.gle/cwbQghYRdWufqKq98
When you have finished, let us know and you can pick a prize at the front desk!

This will be a rebuilding year and we look forward to adding more student classes and opportunities every month! Visit our website or Facebook page for up-to-date Infinity news. Connect with an Infinity Team Member with any questions, comments, or ideas at any time. We hope you enjoy the rest of the program year!

Shane Hawkins
Executive Director
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.

 

As members of Infinity, students generously volunteer two hours of their time each year to help us grow our program. If you have not completed your volunteer time, see the opportunities outlined below that qualify as a volunteer session:

Save-Around Coupon Books $20 each
Direct sale fundraiser: students sell three books of coupons for stores and restaurants to fulfill their volunteering requirement.

Cards for a Cause $30 each
Direct sale fundraiser: students sell three boxes of greeting cards to fulfill their volunteer hour requirement.

Facebook Fundraiser
Share an Infinity fundraiser to your timeline/with friends and family – raise $25 to fulfill your volunteer hour requirement.

Art Tile
Purchase a $35 tile, create art on paper and turn it in to the front desk to be turned into a ceramic tile for installation in the Infinity Center hallway!

Buyout
$25 donation to Infinity replaces a two-hour volunteer session, or any of the alternative volunteer options.

Is your child enjoying Infinity? Give us a review on Facebook or Google and get a prize at the front desk! THANK YOU for Supporting Infinity!

Let Your Creativity Soar at Infinity!

Come join the fun at Infinity! We can’t wait to meet you!
Infinity offers something for everyone! With in-person and digital lesson options available, we are ready to see you explore your creativity, experience the arts in fun new ways, and excel at meeting your goals!
Register online today! www.infinityperformingarts.org