Washington Corridor Newsletter May 2013 Edition

What’s the buzz on the Washington Corridor?

Recently, I met Diane Morin, one of the founders of a local cultural arts organization located in our area. I attended a luncheon she invited me to and was wonderfully surprised by this 35-year community- based nonprofit organization. The services provided to the underserved youth in the 6th Ward are often life changing.

Arts Education Programming

MecaMembers of the Old Sixth Ward community founded MECA in 1977 to provide arts activities and cultural opportunities as alternatives for the underserved youth in Houston’s inner-city neighborhoods. MECA continues such efforts to promote the cognitive, social, cultural and academic benefits of the arts. Today, MECA delivers services to hundreds of youth annually, many of whom would not have access to such life-changing programs without the center. MECA also serves adult arts studies.

MECA’s Mission

MECA is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services and community building.

Support Services

MECA support services include tutoring, counseling, referrals, mentoring, crisis intervention, life-skills training SAT preparation, scholarships and assistance with college applications.

All MECA students are offered Support Services as needed at no additional cost. Community members are also invited to receive support services as needed. As a United Way agency, MECA collaborates with other service organizations to provide referrals, life-skills classes, parenting workshops and school advocacy.

MECA also offers sophomore and junior high school students the opportunity to travel abroad through The Experiment In International Living program which offers a challenging three to five week summer abroad program.

Support Services staff includes Tutors, a certified community health worker and a volunteer Social Worker.

Meca2The Classes

Adult Fitness
African Dance and Drumming
Button Accordion
Classical Guitar
Classical Violin
Contemporary Dance
Hip-Hop Dance
Musical Improvisation*
Mexican Ballet Folklorico
Modem Dance
Mosaic Art
Oil Painting
Suzuki Violin
Visual Art

*Sponsored by Nameless Sound


MECA Alumn is named Houston’s First Poet Laureate

GwendolynZepedaMayor Annise D. Parker and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson today announced that award-winning author and poet Gwendolyn Zepeda has been selected as Houston’s first Poet Laureate. Zepeda will represent the city by creating excitement about poetry through outreach programs, teaching, and written work.

Zepeda is a Houston-based author who is best-known for her works of fiction, including “Growing Up Tamales,” “Houston, We Have a Problema,” “Lone Star Legend,” and “Better with You Here”. However, Zepeda is also an accomplished poet. She has several chapbooks and published poems to her name, with a book of poetry due out in 2014: “It’s Zepeda Not Zapata.”

Contact us for current classes and additional information.

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(713) 802-9370
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How to Use Light to Increase a Home’s Value

johnfrelsmay13aIf you are getting ready to stage your home for selling you’re probably already thinking of ways to maximize the value of your home and make it as appealing as possible to your potential buyers. Making effective use of light fixtures and lighting schemes will help you reach that goal.

The easiest way to use light in your home is to take advantage of natural sunlight. Rooms with big windows and a lot of sun exposure lend themselves to this easiest of all.

The case may be, however, that not every room in your home is easily illuminated with sunlight. If this is the case, then open windows and doors fully to allow sunlight to reach greater depth in your home.

Carefully placed mirrors also can help in redirecting sunlight throughout the home.

When staging your home you want to highlight the best features of your home and your décor while simultaneously downplaying the negative.

Using a targeted lighting scheme is a perfect way to highlight your favorite décor accents. Track lighting is ideal for this task as they can easily be directed to focus their light on a particular part of your room.

If your budget allows for it, consider updating the lighting designs in some of your house’s rooms, such as in your kitchen.

JohnFrelsMay13bRecessed lighting installed under-cabinet is a popular trend in contemporary kitchen design. The installation is fairly simple and gives a sleek and professional look to your kitchen.

In your living room and dining room consider changing out an old hanging lamp and replacing it with an elegant looking chandelier. Remember to choose one that helps to accent your room and doesn’t overpower it.

When preparing your home, don’t overlook the simple advantages that light can bring to your home. Accent the positive with lights and downplay the negative by taking the focus away from it. Show off what made you fall in love with your home and you’ll hopefully help a buyer find that same attachment.

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