The Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center is dedicated to providing the greater West Chester area with a wide variety of programs  ranging from the educational (New Directions) to the full-on fun of exercise (Zumba!). Whether you are part of an organization that is looking for space(s) to host your events, or part of our community & looking to try something new, please browse through our programs to see all of the exciting things that the Melton Center has to offer!

Adult Programs

Basketball League

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.

Volleyball

Teams and/or individuals interested in participating in the West Chester Volleyball Program should contact: Joel Urbine, WC Volleyball Director 

West Chester Sport & Social Club

The Club has become the place to meet, compete, network, and socialize and compete with active young professionals all over Dub C! 

Filet of Soul Culinary Institute (FOSCI)

In 2017, Filet of Soul partnered with the Melton Center and the Chester County Workforce Development Board to establish the FOSCI as a Melton Center Program.

This free 8-week program was established to mentor and train economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, in culinary arts and the hospitality industry, while also offering paid work experience opportunities and employment.

We are targeting economically disadvantaged young people in the West Chester borough with a specific focus on the census tract immediately surrounding the Charles A. Melton Center.

Youth Programs

New Directions

The New Directions Program is an affordable academic skill-building and leadership development program for students in grades K-6. Students work with Academic Coaches to achieve academic growth, positive social-emotional development, and leadership skills.

Summer STEAM

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. We wish 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.

Community Garden

The outdoor garden provided a multitude of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, collard greens, squash and melons. We distributed over 200 pounds to community residents and Chester County Food Bank.