InfinityArts, Author at Infinity Arts Center

November 5, 2019
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On October 26th, 2019 Infinity Arts Center celebrated their first big event at our new Performance and Entertainment Venue. We were happy to be able to utilize this space for a variety of activities ranging from silly to spooky. Entry to this event was free along with the performances, dance lesson, sing-along, haunted house, costume contest, and live painting station inside. Additional activities including a bouncy house and cupcake decoration station which were offered with the purchase of tickets.

Our Center Director and Dance Instructor, Vanessa Finnegan, performed a spooky solo followed by a silly and energetic dance performed with students of her Dance Mix class. The instructor then invited the children in attendance at the party up on stage to learn the dance! The kids spent a joyful 15 minutes learning the dance before performing it together on stage. Miss Vanessa’s Dance Mix class for children ages 6 to 12 meets on Fridays at 4:30PM, and is preceded by a 30 minute yoga class.

At intervals throughout the night Piano instructor Yulia Nilova played beautiful and haunting jazz music live! We are blessed to have such a talented instructor teaching our students. With her piano set up in the center of the event among a living-room arrangement where parents and children could relax, talk, and observe the goings on, her music provided a lovely addition to the family fun.

Our Musical Theatre instructor and Events Coordinator, Stephanie Gaertner, appeared as everyone’s favorite ice princess, with the vocals of a Queen, Elsa! Guests enjoyed singing along or just watching and listening. Stephanie will share her talent further at Infinity Arts center in her upcoming “Shining Stars” Musical Theatre classes for ages 5-9, as well as in her “Spotlight Studio” workshops for high school aged kids.

Hung on one wall of the 4000sq foot event space was a large contour drawing. This drawing included images of pumpkins, headstones, a castle, and a cute cartoon-like witch, all of which children enjoyed painting at their leisure throughout the night! We have our art instructor Lydia Kimbrough to thank for that drawing. Her upcoming painting and drawing class, beginning weekly on Monday, December 2nd at 6pm, will tackle the skills of contour drawing, along with various painting techniques.

We had so much fun taking the kids through the haunted house, teaching a fun and silly dance up on stage, cupcake decorating, bouncing in the bouncy house, singing along to “Let it Go” with Elsa, painting our big spooky wall drawing, and watching the performances!

We hope to see you at our next event!


September 5, 2019
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Are children getting enough exposure to art? While there is nothing inherently wrong with watching YouTube or television, their precedence over art can be problematic. Children’s minds should be nourished with beautiful and powerful works of art.

 

If you want to give your child the art their young minds crave, Infinity Arts Center has a number of opportunities for art exposure and learning. You can also take measures at home that will set your kids on a path toward lifelong art appreciation. Here are five artists every child should know:

 

1. Michelangelo – Your child’s art education won’t be complete without studying this master. Kids will be fascinated by learning how long it took Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel and the trials along the way.

 

2. Vincent Van Gogh – Kids will love the colorful and whimsical art of Van Gogh. Starry Night makes a good introductory piece for children to enjoy.

 

3. Beatrix Potter – Her beloved stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, aren’t the only reason to study this artist. Her illustrations bring the stories to life and will be appreciated by young ones.

 

4. Norman Rockwell – Rockwell created pieces of art that depicted everyday American life. This art will be delighted in by children as they see the artwork almost jumping off the page. Norman Rockwell’s art is also a way to study what life was like for Americans decades ago.

 

5. Grandma Moses – How could children not like Grandma Moses? They will love studying the detailed scenes in her primitive paintings. Kids may also be intrigued by her life story, including how she did not begin her career until much later than usual!

August 24, 2019
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Music is almost universal – most of us enjoy it, whether by playing an instrument, singing and dancing to it, or simply listening. However, many schools are having to reduce or end their music programs due to cutbacks in funding. Canceling music programs is a mistake because music is a subject that can enrich children’s lives and education.

 

Here are eight benefits of keeping music in our schools:

 

1.       Music develops language and reasoning skills. Children with early musical training develop the areas of the brain related to these skills. Music helps to develop the left side of the brain, and songs can imprint information on the young mind.

 

2.       Music helps students master memorization. Even using sheet or book music, student musicians are constantly relying upon their memory to play. Memory skills are valuable in education and beyond.

 

3.       Students get practice at improving their work. Learning music is learning a craft, and students want to create successful work instead of mediocre work. This skill can be transferred to other subjects, too.

 

4.       Music teaches pattern recognition, so students can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills.

 

5.       Students with experience in music performance, or even an appreciation of music, score higher on the SAT. In fact, a study shows a 63-point increase in verbal and 44-point increase in math for music students.

 

6.       Music fosters imagination and intellectual curiosity. Children who are introduced to music in the early childhood years develop a positive attitude toward learning.

 

7.       Developing music skills teaches students discipline. Young musicians must learn to set aside time to practice and develop discipline and patience to master playing their instrument.

 

8.       Students who study the arts learn to think creatively. Creative thinking skills help children to think outside the box and even realize there might be more than one right answer.

July 29, 2019
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Self-confidence is key to success, and theatre participation can increase confidence in children of all ages. Theatre utilizes many gifts including storytelling, language, movement, voice and even technical elements. When children use and refine these gifts, they are affirmed in their learning experience.

 

Next week, our Hollywood Camp brings excitement and skill-building activities to your children. It’s just one of the many fun and creative camps we are offering this summer at Infinity Arts Center. Read on to learn five fast facts about Hollywood Camp:

 

1.      Hollywood Camp will ENGAGE young campers. Your child will discover how to sing, act, dance and be crafty in just 1 week. In fact, during Hollywood Camp, your child will be the celebrity! We’ll learn everything about show business and Hollywood!

 

2.      Hollywood Camp is coming up quickly. It will be held July 29 – August 2 from 9AM –4PM. Don’t let your child miss out!

 

3.      The camp is offered to kids ages 6-12. We have planned this special camp just for that age group, so you can be sure it will be an engaging and valuable experience for your child.

 

4.      Before Care will be offered from 7-9AM each day, as well as After Care from 4-6PM each day. We want to help you fit our camps into your busy life!

 

5.      We find that different camp schedules might work better for different campers and their parents. We’ll be offering Hollywood Camp as a Full-Day or Half-Day option. Besides attending the full day, your child can attend from 9AM-12PM or 1-4PM.

 

These are just five facts about our Hollywood Camp, but here is the most important fact of all: You can register for camp by visiting our sign-up page–  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/InfinityArtsCenter#/selectSessions/2535314

July 1, 2019
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We live in a world of complementary dualities, each of which is a part of a complete whole.  Light complements dark, sorrow complements joy, effort complements ease, sleep and relaxation (down time) complement our working life.  In life as in art, the negative spaces empower and define the positive ones.  Each defines the other, each gives life to the other, and thus in our world the whole exists.  They are sides of a single coin.

In fashion now are the sciences, currently called STEM, science, technology, engineering and math.  Sciences are concerned with the physical world, the observable and quantifiable.  They seek to understand how the physical universe is constructed, how it works, how it might be changed to adapt to circumstances, how it might serve people.   The sciences work with what can be logically proven or disproven through experimentation.   Together, the sciences have brought about immense and rapid advances in our understanding and in applications in our physical world.

My grandmother began life in a world in which the use of horses was still common.  Before she passed, men traveled to the moon.  Technology in the present advances even more rapidly. The quickened pace of these advances comes at a cost.  In order to devote the amount of attention and cultural value to STEM topics and to fully support these rapid advances, we have largely neglected the partner of STEM, the arts.

Arts – visual arts, music, dance, theater, literature, philosophy and writing, to include some – are more concerned with that which is less readily apprehensible.  Arts apply themselves to our values, our pursuit of wisdom, subjective perceptions and emotions, and to concepts such as joy, beauty and existential truth.  STEM deals exceptionally well with the concretely physical; arts express marvelously our souls.  Both are necessary.

Our world today is unbalanced; some would say it is chaotic.   This is not amazing if we notice that we have neglected the sisters of STEM.  The whole cannot be complete while only half of it is fully accepted and appreciated.  Putting an “A” into the acronym “STEM” to make “STEAM” does little.  The four strands of STEM are still emphasized while the arts are lumped together and given lip service.

At one time – my grandmother’s and maybe also my mother’s – arts had a greater place in our culture.  Schools gave emphasis to literature, writing and music.  Elocution, painting, drawing and crafts were also given instructional time, and exhibitions of these were valued.  Dance and theater were not only performing arts, to be enjoyed if one had time and money, but also often popular pastimes.   In private life, there was time to create beauty.   Math and science were certainly not ignored, but the whole was more balanced.

Not so today.  Schools emphasize and promote STEM subjects, and parents rush to enroll their children in STEM summer camps and extracurricular lessons. Arts in the schools are underfunded and minimal.

We have lost something.  Social structures have lost center or direction as they change and grow.  Balance is good as change progresses; it keeps the change from falling into destructive chaos.  We have lost that balance, that sense of direction, that guidance system.  Some would say we have lost our soul.  Re-including and re-establishing the importance of what we have neglected can help restore what we have lost.

Let us individually grow our whole selves, both the logical and the intuitive, with a sense of the wonder of the universe.

Peace, Diane

You can find more from Diane at  http://thevoicefromthebackrow.com/