Category: The Center

“Melton Pot” Garden Party This Saturday

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

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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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COVID-19 Melton Center Updates

As we go through these difficult times, we first want to express our sincere wishes that you and yours are in the best of health, and remain so. To stay compliant with the newest CDC and Local mandates, all Melton Center events are postponed until further notice. We will resume business as soon as it is safe and hopefully our temporary postponement along with most other businesses will have successfully reduced the spread of the virus to a manageable level.

We ask for your patience, understanding and support while we get through this as a community. We are a small business/Non-Profit directly affected by this current situation and we are doing our best to make it through this difficult time. We promise you will be the first to know when we have an update. In the meantime, our offices will be closed until further notice with limited administrative capacity. We very much look forward to seeing everyone when this is over!

Please stay safe and well,
Sincerely, Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center

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Affordable Housing Updates

Plans for the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center to build about 50 affordable workforce development housing units along Market Street, Miner and Worthington streets have been approved. Church Housing of Phoenixville and NRP LLC are also involved in construction expected to cost $15.4 million.

The grant from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has approved and ground-breaking at the 2.5 acre site to the east of the current building is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020.

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