A dream fulfilled to the Glory of God

Jenna Parish
Kindermusik classes prepare the 3 and 4 year olds for future musical adventures. Weekly classes are at 3:45 p.m. Mondays.

A long time dream of several at Destin United Methodist has finally come to fruition.

After receiving many generous donations and spending months planning, we were able to renovate a building on our campus to create the Destin School of the Arts.

The school now holds a beautiful, multi-functional space called Studio A, a throwback to the building's original name, Building A, that is used for weekly choir rehearsals, classes and small recitals. We have three lesson rooms in which a variety of private instrumental lessons are taught including voice, piano, guitar, drums and, in the near future, strings. The school also features a recording studio, complete with all the gear. Along with its colorful, modern decor, works of art from local artists are displayed throughout the building.

Our dream is to be able to bring arts to our community and fill in some of those gaps that are left by the limitations of our schools and what they are able to provide. We hope to partner with them and walk alongside other arts-minded organizations to bring arts to children and adults alike. Some of our long-term dreams include a community youth chorus, arts classes for snowbirds, and arts summer camps for kids.

Not only do we want to enrich the lives of those in our community, our heart is to bless those who may have never considered private lessons because of the cost. We are working hard to build a scholarship fund for families and students who may need financial assistance because we know the powerful ability arts have to change lives, and we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn.

We hope that arts-minded people, those who may be interested in supporting our work, or those who might be interested in sharing their gifts will hear about us, check us out and find us a worthy cause to support.

Jenna Parrish is director of The Destin School of the Arts and assistant director of Children's Ministries at Destin United Methodist Church.