Infinity’s 2022-2023 Program Year is here, and we’re so excited to welcome our team of staff and instructors as well as our new and returning students into the Infinity Center this week!
The last day to schedule for OCTOBER lessons is Thursday, September 22, after which time scheduling will begin for a NOVEMBER start!
CLICK HERE to come join the fun!
The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center in Downtown Jamestown is looking for motivated teenagers in Chautauqua County who would like to join a performance group. Whether you’ve always wanted to front a band as a lead singer, rock out on a drum-kit, hold down the groove as a bass player, or riff out on a guitar, Infinity offers all that you need to make those dreams a reality.
Infinity began in 1998 as an opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills and share their talents through performance, under the direction of local mentors and arts educators. Today, the Infinity Center offers something for students of all ages in music, visual arts, dance, theater, and performance.
Infinity’s Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, expressed her excitement about Infinity’s new program year, “The past few years have been challenging for so many in so many ways. We are so excited to kickstart our new year with these auditions and sign ups.
Music and the arts are restorative, and powerful. We have students arrive here at Infinity from more than 30 area schools, students meet peers they may not have met otherwise, and new friendships are formed over common interests. Our mentor instructors are simply stellar humans, and so talented, and ready to share that to support the next generation of creatives.”
In 2021, JamieLee Bonfiglio Davis began work as Infinity’s new Artistic Director, bringing a new set of performance training classes onto the Infinity roster, and working to help students develop their stage and performance skills.
Hawkins added, “JamieLee’s position as Artistic Director brings something special, and exciting to our progress, and our ability to provide students with more opportunities to showcase their hard work and talents. Stay tuned to see more from the amazing young people we are so fortunate to work with.”
Infinity’s new ensembles will begin rehearsal in the upcoming program year, which begins the week of September 19, 2022. Auditions for Infinity ensembles are open to current Infinity students, as well as any student in the area who is performance ready and wants to be involved in this type of opportunity.
Existing Infinity Ensembles, JJ&B (Jamestown Jazz & Blues) and Infinity’s newest Motown -Style Group (think The Supremes or The Temptations) are both seeking new members, and students are encouraged to bring their own ideas for new groups as well.
From JJ&B’s Director, Dana Nordlund, “When I was a kid playing everything with everybody, I always wanted a jazz band like this. Sometimes I forget that they are in high school (except for Ethan, who just graduated in June). These guys play like seasoned studio cats.” JJ&B was inspired by the idea of long-time Infinity student, Johnnie Siggins. Johnnie told us, “I have been in the works of making this dream (jazz band) for over a year now. I started this journey to revive a dying era of music. I’m looking to expand with sax, trombone, trumpet and piano players.”
Infinity Student Dominyck Brown was the inspiration behind Infinity’s new Motown-Style Group. Dominyck shared his love for the Motown style by saying, “My first love for 60s music was The Supremes. They were these gorgeous and glamorous black women who came from the Brewster Projects in Detroit. I just fell in love with all the girl groups from the 60s after that. I loved the sweet love songs and the teenage heartbreak songs. They were always so sweet and innocent but also sassy but classy. They had a significant style that hasn’t been done very much since and if so; not giving them any justice. I want to have a chance to execute and replicate this sound and look, but in our own way.”
Infinity Artistic Director, JamieLee Bonfiglio Davis has worked with Dominyck over the years and told us, “I grew up with the sounds of Motown. My parents loved it, but it’s rare to find a teen who has the love for Motown that Dominyck Brown has. I met Dominyck about 6 years ago and got to know him when we both were casted in the show Hairspray at JCC. He expressed to me his love of the female groups of Motown then. I remember his father and grandparents nurtured his passion. They bought him albums and tickets to a Motown show for his birthday and Dominyck was elated, so, when he became my voice student I wasn’t surprised the songs he was interested in performing were from that era. Our conversations are fascinating because Dominyck’s passion goes beyond just enjoying music; His enthusiasm dives into the history of the groups, individual singers and Motown itself”
Ensemble Audition dates are currently set to take place at the Infinity Center at 301 East 2nd St in Downtown Jamestown on the following dates:
- Monday, September 12 3:30pm-5:30pm
- Tuesday, September 13 3:30pm-5:30pm
Students should come prepared with one to two songs in the genre/style of the group they’d like to audition for. Please contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know if you’ll be attending auditions.
In addition to these ensembles, the Infinity Center will also have the following group classes starting in its new program year which starts September 19, 2022:
Advanced Art, Available Light Photography, Best Part of Me Photography Series, Contemporary Dance, Creative Dance, Duo’s and Trios Vocal Ensemble, Focused and Fun Teen Leadership Class, General Art, Infinity Folk Ensemble, Jam Session, Landscape Painting, Musical Theater Dance, Musical Theater Project, Rising Stars Performance Prep Group, Sculpting, Songwriting Lab, Theater Class.
The Infinity Center is a 14,000 square foot learning space, fully stocked with instruments, learning materials, and advanced equipment for our students. More than 30 professional musicians, artists, actors, and dancers serve as instructor mentors for our students.
A monthly membership fee covers
- One 30-minute, weekly, private lesson in the field of study of the student’s choice.
- A variety of weekly group class options (music, art, dance, theater, and more).
- Abundant performance and talent-showcasing opportunities.
- Unique mentoring options including audition prep, portfolio creation, and college prep.
- The opportunity for performance-level students to join performing ensembles.
- Leadership classes and opportunities.
Subsidized membership rates are also available through Infinity’s Access to Arts Education scholarship fund for families with financial need.
School is out, and if you’re looking for a fun way to spend your summer, we have just the adventure you need!
Join Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge today! IUAC combines popular hiking challenges with a fun, arts related scavenger hunt throughout Chautauqua County.
Visit 24 unique locations, and even partake in a variety of bonus challenges to extend your adventure time. Complete the challenge by October 31, and you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind completion patch, designed by local artist, Ash Ordines!
IUAC is designed for participants of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re brand new to outdoor adventures, or a hiking enthusiast, there is something for you!
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is bringing Chautauqua County a group of fun outdoor-themed classes and adventures in April and May!
Infinity’s Pearl City Clay House will be hosting four nature-inspired classes to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.
Vellum Leaves with local artist, Wendy Bale on Friday, April 29th.
In this fun, beginner-level class, you will learn the basics of paper sculpture, using vellum and other specialty papers to personalize your work, while creating colorful paper leaves. $35. 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Jamestown Oaks Coptic Book on Saturday April 30th with Pearl City Clay House Program Director, Deb Eck. Learn how to make a traditional, elegant, Coptic-sewn binding featuring tree cookies taken from the Third Street oak trees, and decorative papers made by Deb from plants collected on Jamestown’s Riverwalk.
Register online today at www.pearlcityclayhouse.org. All classes will take place at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center, while construction of Pearl City Clay House continues!
Additionally, Infinity’s second annual Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge will begin on May 1st. Running until Monday, October 31., this summer-long outdoor adventure combines our beautiful, local public art and aspects of popular hiking challenges with a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt twist!
Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge will take place at twenty-four various outdoor locations throughout Chautauqua County, where you will take snapshots and selfies at certain markers to earn a unique patch or sticker, designed by local artist Ashley Ordines.
Ultimate Adventure Challenge Registrations range anywhere from $10-$50, and include options for youth, adults, and families.
Register online today at www.infinityperformingarts.org/adventurechallenge
Please be sure to follow Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and Pearl City Clay House on Facebook & Instagram for more updates!
Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge is sponsored by: Jamestown Business College, Chautauqua Sunrise, Rhoe B. Henderson, Larson Orthodontics, Lutheran Jamestown, Courier Capital, Wegmans, Heron Farm and Event Center, Axiom, Three-Sixty Graphics, and Forte.
Registration for Infinity’s 2022 Ultimate Adventure Challenge is OPEN!
This year’s Challenge will introduce a variety of new locations to visit and explore in Chautauqua County. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, someone who enjoys the outdoors and visiting new places, or are just looking for something fun and different to do with your family this summer…the Ultimate Adventure Challenge is for you!
All funds raised benefit music and arts instruction and mentorship at the Infinity Center for children and teens in our community.
Questions? CLICK HERE to learn more about Infinity’s Ultimate Adventure Challenge, or email us at email@example.com
Students can enroll NOW for March Group classes at the Infinity Center! There is so much to learn, and so much fun to have. Come join in!
Group classes are included as a part of each students’ membership. If you aren’t currently a student and would like to enroll, CLICK HERE to complete an Inquiry Form. We’d love to get you started on your learning path!
Current students, stop by the front desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll in group classes today!
Infinity will be closed on Thursday, February 3 for all lessons, classes, and activities due to impending afternoon and evening weather conditions.
Students: Your instructor will be in contact to schedule a makeup lessons, or to reschedule your lesson for today to a digital lesson if possible. If you have questions, please leave a message at the Infinity Center and we will get back to you on Monday when the office is open. 716-664-0991
Congratulations to the winners of the Buffalo Bills Jersey Raffle:
Frances Palmer- Josh Allen Jersey
Mandy Gandhi- Zack Moss Jersey
Teresa Potter- Eric Moulds Jersey
Emma Darr- Fred Jackson Jersey
Infinity will be contacting all winners on Monday, January 31 to arrange pickup or delivery of your jersey.
THANK YOU to Missy Patterniti, Ballgame Heroes, Gib Taylor, Exceptional Stars Athletics, Quick Solutions, Axiom, and an Anonymous Donor who made this fundraiser possible. We will be announcing the total amount raised for the Lexy Hughan Memorial fund on Monday, so stay tuned to our Facebook or Instagram page to find out!
Get your ticket for a chance to win an autographed Josh Allen Jersey.
Thanks to generous donations from our community, we will also draw 3 additional raffle winners after the Josh Allen raffle ticket is drawn. The subsequent drawings include: One (1) Zack Moss autographed jersey, One (1) Eric Moulds autographed jersey, and One (1) Fred Jackson autographed jersey.
Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased ONLINE HERE, or in person at the Infinity Center, Sneaker’s Bar in Jamestown, NY, or Ballgame Heroes.
Winners will be drawn on January 27th. The Josh Allen jersey winner will be drawn first, followed by winners for the remaining jerseys!
Josh is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first four seasons. His Jersey from Week 16 of the 2021-2022 season just headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but you can still get your hands on THIS autographed Jersey.
This raffle will begin a fund at the Infinity Center in memory of Lexy Hughan. Lexy was an Infinity student from the age of 3, and was tragically taken from us on New Year’s Eve at the age of 15.
The Lexy Hughan Memorial Fund will provide music, art, dance, and theater classes at the Infinity Center, with the input of Lexy’s mom, that encompass Lexy’s interests, and her kindhearted personality.
For more about Lexy’s life and time spent in our community and at Infinity: CLICK HERE
If you purchase a ticket online, the Infinity Staff will complete your physical raffle ticket for you and enter it into the drawing. Please be sure to provide us with your full name, email address, and phone number upon checkout so we can contact you should you win. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.