Area residents in Jamestown and throughout Chautauqua County are being asked to throw their support behind a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing art and creativity.
Throughout the year, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, LLC accepts donations from the community through its Project C-Note fundraising campaign. With the year just about over, Infinity would like to make one more appeal to the community.
According to Shane Hawkins, Infinity executive director, with funding raised through Project C-Note, Infinity is able to provide more scholarships for area students interested in learning and participating in the arts, but who otherwise would be unable to afford taking music or art classes.
Infinity Board Member Jason Sample presents his C-Note donation to Infinity student Oliver Burdo as other students and staff look on. Also pictured are students Zac Ricker, Alec Hawkins, Hayley Restivo and Josh Reuter, along with Infinity music coordinator Sarah Marchitelli and executive director Shane Hawkins.
"Infinity students come from all walks of life," Hawkins said. "Our goal is to turn no student away, so we strive to maintain a budget so every student who wishes to participate can do so."
Hawkins said involvement in the arts has been conclusively shown to provide many positive benefits for children during all stages of their growth and development.
Infinity's program of music and arts training for young people, delivered within the context of a mentoring relationship, is a winning combination, she said.
"Our students are mentored to stay in school, develop career goals, and find personal expression through the visual and performing arts," said Hawkins.
Project C-Note is a year-long fundraising drive used to support, promote, and further the efforts of Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. to bring music and arts education to Chautauqua County youth.
Interested donors can get more information by calling 664-0991, going online to www.infinityperformingarts.org or visiting Infinity at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.