Bellas Artes is a music and dance center for kids from poor or marginalized families, serving 275 students, ages 6 to 20. Its inspiration, leader and builder is Brother Ivo Toneck, whose name is honored on the Foundation, the building, the street and the Guaymas Civic Auditorium, having led its reconstruction effort. Starting with the city’s first mariachi band in 1996, Bellas Artes has developed a 65-piece marching band and taught classical and regional music, ballet and modern dance. It is transitioning to house only a diploma-earning youth symphony orchestra, chorus and some dance. Ivo is also behind the $3.5 million Conservatory of Music, a university-level arts education facility being constructed on the waterfront, just across from the statue of El Pescador, literally changing the face of Guaymas. The city has been the happy recipient of Ivo’s construction talent and cultural contributions since he arrived in 1985, a Franciscan friar from the United States.
What they need: Government grant money will supply new instruments and one year’s budget to run the Conservatory, but Bellas Artes is in need of day-to-day operating funds. Information for tax-deductible contributions can be found at casafranciscanaoutreach.org but they must be specifically earmarked for Bellas Artes. Also welcomed is anyone with musical training as a volunteer teacher or master’s class instructor.
Contact: Brother Ivo, 87, has built an impressive legacy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 222-1495.
Location: In Guaymas on Serdan, just past the downtown area on the left. The Conservatory of Music is under construction nearby on the waterfront.