The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, formerly known as the West Chester Community Center, traces its history back to the early part of the 20th century. In 1917, the West Chester Community Center was found with the mission of meeting the needs of citizens who were traditionally excluded from mainstream social events and organizations on the basis of their economic status, gender, and/or race.
For a hundred years, the Melton Center has been a source of support and salvation for many individuals, including artists Horace Pippen and Selma Burke, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Over a decade ago, the Melton Center widened its mission, “…to contribute to the quality of life for ALL people of the greater West Chester Community by continuing its long commitment of providing educational, recreational, cultural and civic services.”
The Melton Center continues to provide a meeting place for such organizations as the NAACP, the Human Relations Council of Greater West Chester, several addiction groups, a Gospel Choir ensemble, a youth Basketball program (with staying in school as one of its principles), the Volleyball League of the West Chester Recreation Department, and a polling place for local residents. We are proud to host a robust collection of programs to serve our community.