History and Overview
De La Fuente Fine Arts was officially established in January of 2018 as a ministry of Missio Dei Anglican Church. After a few short weeks at her new position as worship leader at Missio Dei, Andi Garbarino-Fry was casting vision with church rector, Father Mark Ball. She shared dreams of an arts program where neighborhood kids could come, not only to hone their artistic skills in music, art, dance and drama for free--but learn about the source of their creativity. Father Mark jumped in with enthusiastic support and the two worked together to lay the foundation for what is now De La Fuente Fine Arts. Our first classes launched in January of 2018 with 12 students in private music lessons, and 15 in group and family music classes. Since then, we have grown to serve over 100 students through music and visual art classes--and look forward to meeting and supporting many more growing and talented artists in the years to come.
Mission and Vision:
De La Fuente Fine Arts is a ministry of Mission Dei Anglican Church providing mentoring and no cost education in art, music and other creative endeavors for the children and youth of Houston. We are inviting families to live into the creative reality of our creator in the full life of the church.
What if young people could not only hear the gospel, but see, touch, and experience it in a tangible way? De La Fuente Fine Arts invites families of inner city Houston to experience the beauty and truth of the gospel through exploring their own creativity. De La Fuente translates to mean “from the source”, or “from the well”, and through instruction and mentoring in music, art, drama, dance and more, we are developing the creative skills of individuals that draw people in to know the One who created them.
Teachers and Staff
Andi Garbarino was thrilled to establish De La Fuente Fine Arts with a degree in Music from Texas Woman's University. She's been making music and art for as long as she can remember, and is happy to be supporting young artists as they do the same. Andi teaches piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, art class and early childhood music.
Ten year veteran teacher and home school mom, Jessalyn is mother to five classically trained musicians. Jessalyn came on board as a piano instructor after teaching general music class at our Carnival of the Animals Camp Mrs. Jessalyn's love of the quest for knowledge combined with her outgoing spirit make her a fabulous instructor!
Hours and Map
How do I sign my child up for classes?
How much do lessons cost?
All lessons and classes are free to students. We ask for a semester materials fee of $20, however we have scholarships available to all students who need them to cover this fee.
How are you able to offer free lessons to everyone?
De La Fuente Fine Arts is a ministry of Missio Dei Anglican Church. We are funded entirely by a generous team of supporters who share our vision and passion to give all children access to fine arts education, as well as the longing for all people to experience the beauty and truth of the Gospel through creativity and be invited into the full life of the church. Our ministry has been blessed to receive a matching grant through the Matthew 25 Initiative, this means every financial gift to DLF is matched by Matthew25i. If you share our vision and passion, would you consider joining our support team?
Do you take donations? I think I have an old instrument around here somewhere...
DLF absolutely takes material donations! We are in great need of ukuleles, guitars and keyboards. De La Fuente is also excited to offer early childhood music classes in which small children are able to explore world instruments and orchestral instruments. We are always seeking to add to our instrument collection for these classes and would welcome your donations of stringed instruments, brass, woodwinds and percussion. We do not typically accept piano donations unless they are of exceptional quality or condition.
What about art supplies?
DLF absolutely takes material donations! We are in great need of water color paper, sulfite paper and other media supplies--sharpies, markers, watercolors, clay and more. We do ask for unused material donations of art supplies, except in the cases of larger equipment for ceramics and clay, or fine brushes.
Can I volunteer? I'm not an artist or musician though...
Yes, yes and yes. We need help in all shapes and forms at DLF--from people like you who love to hang out with families, play on social media (not at the same time!) take pictures, write stories, and more. Contact our director, Andi Garbarino-Fry here.
I'd love to help...and I'm a teacher, artist or musician (or I will be when I graduate soon!)
Okay, we realize that isn't a question--but the answer is still absolutely yes! We are overwhelmed with the response from our community and more amazing teachers like you mean more students are able to join us! If you're interested in volunteering your time in service to our ministry, please contact our director, Andi Garbarino-Fry, here. We also have internships available, and if you are willing to raise your own support, let us know.
What De La Fuente mean, anyway?
De La Fuente translates to mean "From the well," or "From the source," in Spanish. It was inspired by our belief that all of our creative gifts come from our creator God, and our desire to see all children and families come to know Him in the full life of the church.