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Multicultural Education And Counseling Through The Arts

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.



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.



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!



Rating: 5

MECA is one of the most sincere organizations I have ever come across. They give to the local community all that is possible with their limited funds. The results are way above average. There are few groups who contribute so directly to the people they are attempting to assist. The children profit immensely and I believe, it changes many of these children's lives for the better. They are able to experience arts directly as they never could given the meager income of many of their parents. The paid employees often work for half pay which may even be paid late. They depend on their other family members' income to survive sometimes in order to keep the doors open to the community they serve. The results are often amazing, with even sending students to Julliard on scholarship for college!