Voter Registration Drive This Saturday – 10/17/2020

If you need to register, please come by! If you know someone who needs to register, please bring them!

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Outdoor Beautification Project Is Almost Complete!

The Melton Center and Filet of Soul Culinary Institute would like to thank the following donors and volunteers for the #OutdoorBeautificationProject.

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The Center Receives a $95,000 Grant

The Charles Melton Center in West Chester was awarded a $95,000 grant in a ceremony at the Justice Center in West Chester Monday.

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“Melton Pot” Garden Party

We are back!!

You are cordially invited to join us this Saturday evening for the “Melton Pot”- an exclusive garden party fundraiser hosted by Filet of Soul in the Melton Center’s newly renovated outdoor patio!

FOSCI and Melton Center staff have been working tirelessly with community volunteers on the outdoor beautification of the Melton Center, which was made possible by our generous donors. We are so excited for the community to finally enjoy our beautiful patio garden!

Get your tickets now for a wonderful night of food, atmosphere, music, and more food! Seating is limited!!

Live Music, Aperitif served, BYOB. Advance ticket purchase required!

Details:$100 per person for Chef’s 6-Course Tasting Menu, which includes a selection of authentic, handcrafted, Caribbean, Soul and BBQ fare.

Proceeds benefit Filet of Soul Culinary Institute (FOSCI) and the Charles A. Melton Center!

A special thanks to our wonderful outdoor beautification donors and volunteers

  • Creative Planning, LLC
  • Levelhead Co
  • Main Line Gardens
  • Brightview Landscape
  • First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA
  • West Chester Alliance for Social Justice
  • Borough of West Chester
  • Samantha Bowman and family
  • Chuck Poe
  • Rose Grasso
  • Pattie Friel
  • Kaela Duke and family

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Response to George Floyd’s Death

We, the Board of Directors and staff of the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center in West Chester, PA, take the following stance concerning racial issues in America.


  • Prejudice 
  • Intolerance
  • Discrimination
  • Systemic and Institutional Racism
  • Bigotry
  • Hate
  • Disparities and Disproportionality
  • Brutality
  • Silence and Indifference


  • Equity and Equality
  • Social Justice
  • Dialogue
  • Police and Judicial Reform
  • Public Protests
  • Unity, Cooperation, and Community
  • Equal Access to all Educational Resources
  • Voting without Voter Suppression 


  • The Marginalized 
  • The Underserved 
  • The Underrepresented 

Mission Statement 

The Mission of the historic Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center is to contribute to the quality of life for all people of the greater West Chester community by continuing its long commitment to providing educational, recreational, cultural and civic services.

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Keeping The Community Fed

In the midst of this global crisis, it has been our honor to step and reach out to help our most vulnerable
populations while training and employing low income youth and seniors, as well as individuals who have
lost employment because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Every week Filet of Soul Culinary Institute at the Melton Center prepares and delivers hundreds of meals to low income seniors and families in West Chester and Coatesville! Filet of Soul Culinary Institute has been covering all costs.


Photos by Mayor Dianne Herrin


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Filet of Soul Memorial Day Fundraiser

Filet of Soul exists to love people and transform lives through employment, food, music, service, and outreach.  In 2017, Filet of Soul partnered with the Melton Center and the Chester County Workforce Development Board to establish Filet of Soul Culinary Institute (FOSCI) as a Melton Center Program.

The free program was established to mentor and train economically disadvantaged youth in culinary arts and the hospitality industry, while also offering paid work experience opportunities and employment. In 2019, the Melton Center received a PHARE grant from PHFA to expand the FOSCI program to include a more extensive culinary training program and health and wellness classes and activities.

FOSCI’s current focus includes:
1. Training and mentoring economically disadvantaged youth and young adults.
2. Employing and training 2nd chance employees and dislocated workers
3. Donating home-cooked healthy meals to our most vulnerable populations. 

Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Filet of Soul and the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center have been working with Mayor Dianne Herrin, United Way of Chester County, the West Chester Area Senior Center, The Bridge Academy and Community Center, the Coatesville Towers Senior Apartments, the Church Street Towers, the Denney Rayburn House, and other organizations to provide complimentary meals to low-income seniors and families in West Chester and Coatesville. 

The video highlights our recent fundraiser and our meal donation program.

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Summer Program Going Virtual!

We have reviewed the CDC, state, and local guidelines for safety during COVID-19, and we have made the difficult decision not to hold our Summer STEAM Camp in person this year.

The Center wishes we would be spending the summer learning and exploring with our students, but the health and safety of our students, families, and community are always our first priority.

We are committed to providing a high-quality, engaging virtual program for the students this year, and we look forward to coming back with a stronger program than ever in Summer 2021.

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Summer Basketball Cancellation

We have reviewed the CDC, state, and local guidelines during COVID-19, and we have made the difficult decision to cancel our summer basketball league for 2020. We know how much the community looks forward to the summer league, and we are disappointed about missing this year of the league. However, the health and safety of our students, families, and community are always our first priority. We look forward to coming back in Summer 2021 with a stronger program than ever.

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