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New Student Orientation

If you are interested in music, art, dance, or theater, then the Infinity Center is the place for you!  Join us for Infinity’s next new student orientation session on Thursday, February 20 Sessions are scheduled beginning at 6:45pm, and last approximately 30 minutes each. Take a guided tour, watch a short video about program options, meet the Infinity staff, and sign up for lessons!

Please contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 to register for a session and reserve your spot today.

The Infinity Center is located at 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 101 in the Lynn Building.

Email info@infinityperformingarts.org

Infinity Welcomes Two New Team Members

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes a new instructor and new staff member to their team! Frank Valente will be joining the Infinity Percussion department as a hand drumming, cultural drumming, and mallet percussion instructor. He is currently offering lessons to students and adults of all ages.  Additionally, Laura Becker will be joining the Infinity Team as their new Office Coordinator.

Frank Valente (hand drumming, cultural drumming, mallet percussion)
Frank Valente, a Rochester NY native, is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia where he received a degree in Music Education and a Masters in Percussion Performance. Frank is a seasoned percussionist and has performed with orchestras, big bands, straight ahead and jazz fusion bands, musical pits, 21st century contemporary music ensembles, and African drumming ensembles. Frank has performed concerts in Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Chautauqua County, Long Island, and New York City. He is also a dedicated educator both in the public schools and at summer music camps including the Rhythm Section Instructor at the Chautauqua Institute High School Jazz Camp and Jazz Improvisation Instructor at New Horizon Summer Music Festival to name a few.

Frank’s journey with African drumming started in high school when he met master drummer Bernard Woma. Soon after he joined his school’s African Drumming Ensemble where he would learn to play music of the Ewe people of Ghana. In college he performed with the top African Drumming Ensembles for 6+ years where he played music from Ghana, Guinea, Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. During this time he studied with many guest artists including Bernard Woma (Ghana), Eddie Green (Ghana), Haruna Walusimbi (Uganda), and Joyce Woma (Ghana Traditional Dance). Recently he has been studying the frame drumming traditions of Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq.
Frank is also an avid Classical and Jazz Vibraphonist and currently leads his own groups including “The Frank Valente Trio” and co-leads the jazz fusion collective “Mela”. He has been fortunate to have performed with “The New York Voices”, Downbeat Award-Winning Band Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble, Christos Rafalides, John Cross, Bruce Johnstone and Mike Kaupa.
Outside of his work as an educator and gigging percussionist, Frank is a computer music programmer. His main projects include designing a variety of digital synthesizers, guitar pedals, and iPad instruments. Additionally, he has designed computer music systems that improvise, interpret written music, process and analyze sound and much more.

Laura Becker (Office Coordinator)

Laura Becker is originally from Akron, Ohio and has had a life-long involvement in the arts as a dancer, visual artist, musician, seamstress, and theatre student. She received a BA in Theatre with a focus in Non-Profit Arts Administration from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014. Laura recently spent two years in Woodstock, New York developing her work as an independent singer-songwriter and is in the process of recording her first album. She believes in the intrinsic value of the arts for all ages and that it is never too late in life to explore a new artistic passion. She is incredibly inspired by the entrepreneurial and artistic spirit of Jamestown and is excited to be able to contribute to such a wonderful community. Laura is thrilled to be a part of the Infinity team and will work to further its excellence.

 

For more information about Infinity, or to register for lessons with Frank or any of the 40 instructor mentors at Infinity, please visit www.infinityperformingarts.org. New Student Orientation for the upcoming month will be held on MAR 19. Call today to reserve your spot! 716-664-0991

POSTPONED: Infinity’s 6th Annual Art Market

Join us for Infinity’s 6th Annual Art Market Event!

Infinity has decided to postpone this year’s Art Market event due to COVID-19, and to remain in compliance with current NYS event attendance rulings. 

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR AN UPDATED EVENT DATE

Local artists will be featured throughout the event, each with their own merchant booth with hand-crafted items for sale.
A student art exhibit will also be on display.

All funds raised will directly benefit youth development, arts, and mentoring programming at the Infinity Center.

$5 admission at the door.

The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 300 East 3rd St in the Lynn Building. Enter under the blue neon guitar!

Featured Vendors include:

Ashley Ordines
Calla Angelina Clark
Daniel Marchini
Debbie Penley
Debra Eck
GinaMaria Echevarria
Glenda Rednock
Jacob Swanson
Jason Andrew Faulk
John Andrea
John Lipari
Joseph Grice
Laurie McGrath
Lisa Offhaus
Nicole Huyler
Patricia J Culliton
Patricia Kramer
Renee Boardman
Robert Harris
Samantha Nolloth
Susan J Gutierrez
Zoey Smith

CLOSED: February 27

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will be closed on Thursday, February 27, 2020 due to inclement weather.

CLOSED: Presidents Day

Infinity will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents Day.

All regularly scheduled activities will resume on Tuesday, February 18.

New Student Orientation

If you are interested in music, art, dance, or theater, then the Infinity Center is the place for you!  Join us for Infinity’s next new student orientation session on Thursday, January 23. Sessions are scheduled beginning at 5:45pm, and last approximately 30 minutes each. Take a guided tour, watch a short video about program options, meet the Infinity staff, and sign up for lessons!

Please contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 to register for a session and reserve your spot today.

The Infinity Center is located at 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 101 in the Lynn Building.

Closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Infinity will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All regularly scheduled programs and activities will resume on Tuesday, January 21.

Kaleidoscope Night at the Infinity Arts Café

Join us this Thursday, January 16th for a Kaleidoscope Performance Event at the Infinity Arts Café! Kaleidoscope is an ever-changing but interesting mix!

Kaleidoscope Nights feature a wide variety of performers: Infinity music, poetry, dance, or theater students, Infinity instructors, and invited guests from the community!  The show is always different

Family friendly and open to the public! 7:00pm showtime!

Performances by:

Kaylee R (student of Lauren Hiller)
Jasmine B (student of Joanna Roberts)
Jonathan S & instructor Kyle Gustafson
Jackie B (student of Jamie Lee)
Marcus G, Kayle D, & instructor Kyle Gustafson
Emerson G-J (Student of Joanna Roberts)
June W & instructor Sara Rafaloski
Amaya T (Student of Lauren Hiller)

Call for Artists! 6th Annual Art Market & Auction

Infinity Seeks Artists for 6th Annual Art Market and Auction

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is inviting local artists to participate in the 6th Annual Infinity Art Market and Auction.

Infinity’s Art Market and Auction is an annual event that supports area artists, by giving them a market to showcase and sell their arts, all while raising funds to support youth music and arts instruction at the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The fundraiser, which is held at the Infinity Arts Café, will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 11am-4pm.

Infinity’s Art Market and Auction features an art market filled with locally crafted items to help showcase local artists, followed by an auction of locally crafted pieces to raise funds for programming at the Infinity Center! More than 20 artists participate each year, and the event continues to grow!

Online registration for interested artists can be found at: https://forms.gle/iMdo4BgZ5ym6tzXz5

Area artists who wish to participate in the art market should complete their registration forms before February 1, 2020

For more information, call the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 or contact Ashley Ordines by emailing: Ashley@infinityperformingarts.org

We’re Open!

Infinity will be OPEN for all regularly scheduled lessons and rehearsals TODAY, Monday, December 23.

We will be closed for Holiday Recess beginning tomorrow Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1.

DON’T FORGET: Infinity has some great last minute stocking stuffers! All Infinity branded bags and tumblers are BOGO and Infinity Gift Cards will all be available until end of business day today!