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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Provide performing and visual art

Programs: After school program - conducted in school year to teach the performing and visual arts to youth.

summer arts - summer camp type program providing classes in the performing and visual arts and recreational programs.

neighborhood schools - in school performing and visual arts instruction at local elementary, middle and high schools.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

MECA continued a year of introducing and training students and adults alike in various arts in the past year, despite economic hardships. MECA was in three HISD schools teaching arts and music classes, and offered after school classes for their entire service area in classes ranging from ballet to Mariachi.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been aware of MECA for several years, and over the last 4 years have been involved in the United Way allocations process that reviews MECA's programs and awards funding. Through that process, MECA was evaluated along with other not for profits serving the Houston community, and consistently they are recognized for the quality of their programs, the diversity of their offerings, and their focus on bringing arts to a subset of the Houston community that may not have access otherwise. Thanks to my exposure through the United Way, I joined the MECA board because I have come to believe strongly in the mission they strive to, and I see how critical their role is in the community they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor of MECA for over 25 years or more. As a former school teacher and an active volunteer in the arts, I appreciate the many cultural and educational programs provided children ( for the most part from liminted resources) who live in the inner city of Houston. I have attended many cultural programs not only on the site of the Center but at other educational and cultural venues of Houston. Each child is counselled to excell to the best of their abilities. Parents are actively involved and in that way, not only appreciate the talents of their children, but expand in their own social and cultural education. There always haas to be an energetic and visionary person in each organization who formulates and guides the activities and goals of that entity. Alice Valdez has dedicated her life and talents to MECA and has been able to overcome the many adverse econmic and political roadblocks that the organization faced while conserving her
interest in the social, cultural and educational benefits that were necessary for the children , youth and families served by MECA.

Janese R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My three daughters were fortunate to have been MECA Kids. I firmly believe the years they spent at MECA learning to dance, sing, act, play the piano, trumpet, violin, draw, paint.......made a great difference in their ability to achieve in academics. I am forever indebted to MECA, Alice Valdez and her genius, the instructors, staff and all the volunteers. MECA is worth your time, donations and attendance at their performances and activities. If you have children from the ages of 5 to 95 you MUST take them to MECA!! Thank you MECA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed the shows I have seen and how the the children enjoy their performance. I've seen the parents and kids have fun in the activities they are doing. It would be great for the kids and parents to keep returning to MECA and to learn and grow more. The Viva La Amor concert was great and I enjoyed the different performances in this concert. The environment was like one big family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About six years ago I had a good experience along with my kids of what MECA had to offer through their services to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my third year at MECA, and we have seen our daughter's talent develop. Through her time at MECA she has become more confident, disciplined, aware of time management and wants to become even more successful in her art area. No only has she learned how to dance at MECA it has also helped her to knowledge and pride for her culture.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has been taking Ballet Folklorico for 3 years. This style of dance helps her to be more disciplined and responsible in all of her school work. Since she starting taking Ballet Folklorico she has been an Honor Roll student at school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In particular, my daughter has had a positive and fun experience with the Ballet Folklorico dance classes and program at MECA.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well since I've been here in the last year and half I've gained a lot of experience working with others and just learning new things on my own. Being here really takes my mind off of other things, it's really fun.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Any organization that has a passion for the youth of our country to become contributing citizens when reaching adulthood deserves much praise. MECA is this organization. The time and service that is given by all the staff goes above the call of duty. They are truly dedicated servants! They believe in kids!