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Lexy Hughan Memorial Fundraiser

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 info@infinityperformingarts.org. 

 

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors, Hosts New Classes in 2022

The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center announces classes for January 2022, and introduces two (2) new theater instructors to their team!

In partnership with Generator Z and Lakeshore Connections, Infinity was awarded grant funding in 2021 to create and develop a new series of teen-designed and teen-focused classes at the Infinity Center. In addition to their continued roster of classes for students of all ages, Infinity will be offering unique classes, workshops, events, field-trips, and more for students ages 13-18 in the remainder of their 2021-2022 Program Year.

Infinity’s Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, says, “The Generator Z Grant was one of our favorite grant proposals to write, because it was so in-line with Infinity’s mission of providing our students with a voice in the direction of our programming. We’ve always relied heavily on student feedback and input to design our classes and programs, and with funding available from Generator Z we are able to bring even more of our students’ ideas to life. We’re excited about the possibilities, including field-trips, finished products (such as student recorded albums, framed art, photography portfolios, and more), increased performance opportunities, and giving our teens more creative flexibility and ownership in their learning path at Infinity.”

Infinity’s team began working with teens in July of 2021 to bring this project to life, and will continue into 2022 by adding even more classes! Additionally, Infinity Artistic Director, Jamie Lee, is expanding performance and talent showcasing opportunities for Infinity students of all ages in the coming year!

Teen-focused classes offered in January of 2022 include: Acting, Advanced Art and Portfolio Development, Sculpting, Songwriting, Focused and Fun Leadership Class, Photography, Theater Class, and Performance Class. Additional classes and learning opportunities are also offered for students ages 12 and under. A list of all offerings can be found on Infinity’s website calendar!

To help bring these ideas to life, Infinity has been adding to their roster of Instructor Mentors, and is pleased to welcome Davis Niles and Julia Burrows to their Infinity team roster!

Davis Niles, Theater Instructor
David is thrilled to be a part of the Infinity team. Originally from the Jamestown area, David attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy located in New York City after high school. He then spent the next couple of decades performing all over the US in various productions and tours, while also staying active in the commercial market. David is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and loves passing on the knowledge gained over his many years of professional experience in the field to the next generation of aspiring actors.

Julia Burrows, Theater Instructor

Julia Burrows recently moved to Jamestown from New York City and is very excited to be on the Infinity team. After over 18 years of professional experience acting and singing all over the United States, she is looking forward to sharing her love of performing with young minds. She studied acting in NYC at The Barrow Group Theater Company, joined the Actor’s Union and then went on to play some of her dream roles in theater. Some favorite theater credits include “Sibella” in A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder at 3D Theatricals in LA, “Amalia” in She Loves Me and “Mother” in A Christmas Story at Capital Repertory Theater; “Nellie” in South Pacific at Gateway Playhouse; “Magnolia” in Show Boat at Central City Opera Company at The Denver Center; “Marian” in The Music Man opposite Peter Scolari at Ogunquit Playhouse; “Lori-Beth” in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days at Goodspeed Opera House and Papermill Playhouse (Original Cast Recording); “Cornelia” in Pirates! at Papermill Playhouse; Off-Broadway’s Greed at New World Stages; and Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent TV/Film credits: “Sarah” in the film Buttons: A Christmas Tale, an original movie musical recently released by Paramount Pictures on Amazon co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. Julia also makes an appearance in the final season of Madam Secretary. You can visit www.JuliaBurrows.com for more. She can’t wait to help spark creativity, share inspiration and help nurture the next generation of artists.

 David and Julia will be offering a new Theater Class to students (grades 7-12) in January called, Acting 14701: #Possibilities.

For more information about Infinity, or to register for lessons and classes with any of the instructor mentors at Infinity, please visit www.infinityperformingarts.org/register.

Infinity is currently offering both in-person and virtual learning options.

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,

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!

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