Art and Culture Centre, Melaque, Mexico

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.  Denzel Washington

Melaque Mexico is a quiet fishing and tourist town with a population of approximately 12,000. Although there was a lot of interest in arts and culture, there wasn’t a centre to house all the programs. The schools have lost all their art and culture classes, and as a result, the children don’t learn about their heritage.

Nancy Lennie, a vibrant 83-year-old, who owns La Paloma Oceanfront Retreat generously donated the money to put up the first floor and is leasing the land to the Centre on a yearly basis forever. She is the driving force behind the whole thing. Another local person donated enough to provide one door, and one window.

The committee, which is made up of volunteers, is trying to raise money to complete the next two floors. They are looking for grants, in-kind donations, and of course donations of any size. They will be hosting several events which will enable them to pay for electricity, security, cleaning and maintenance etc. They offer memberships which will go towards the operational account, except if someone specifically wants it to go towards the building of a classroom, elevator etc.

The Centre has a lot of projects planned.  Classes in the arts, crafts and culture, both in Spanish and English. They hope that Mexicans and expats will take the classes together in both languages. At this point, the classes will cost something, but the committee will be starting a scholarship fund to help local kids and adults be able to afford a class. The local people are very excited about the Center.

This poster was done by local children and then adults added to it. Amazing piece of art.

At the “soft” opening a few artists came with their creations. A lot of very talented people.

This man makes these musical instruments out of bamboo and seashells. They sound amazing. He also teaches a class on how to make

Listen to a short recording of his work.

A cafeteria is being added.

The Centre will also have theatre, dance and movies for the enjoyment of the community. There is a murder mystery play being planned and another play about the 16 virtues based on a painting commisioned by the Queen of Spain.

They are looking for a Director to help run the many different committees such as volunteers, fundraisers, movies, theatre and gallery.

The Art and Culture centre will bring new life into this community.


7 replies
  1. Jill
    Jill says:

    Hi Suzanne, just reading this now. It’s great! Thanks so much. Yes, I agree with Barbara, what a wonderful legacy Nancy is creating. Wow! Looking forward to this year coming up. Yoga classes; Bridge card game (partner bridge) gatherings and lessons; piano, ballet; Open Forums and the list goes on. The following is what has been scheduled for Dec and into the new year. WOW!

    Starting Dec 4 and 6 -every Tuesday and Thursday 9-11 yin yang yoga with Latika 100 pesos
    Evert Friday Starting Dec 7 Open Forum (donations) 10-30 -11.30 by Ken Koyama
    Every Monday starting Dec 10 Partnership Bridge Beginners welcome . A short ½ hour lesson starting at the beginning followed by bridge starts at 9.30 and ends at 12. Noon
    Every Saturday 11.30-12.30 Piano with Pepe (need keyboard)
    Every other Saturday 6.30-7.30 Intermediate Ballet
    Every Other Sunday 10.30 -11.30 Intermediate ballet
    Galeria Amigo Events (attached to and part of Centre
    Dec 3 -28 Positive Paper Photo Show
    Dec 18-Jan Gala Auction Items

    • Steven
      Steven says:

      I was with Tommy Clarkson when he gave the presentation to the group on plants in Mexico. I left my yeti cup at the center which got locked up in the restaurant and was closed when we returned from having lunch I need to get in contact with someone regarding coming up and picking up the cup at their convenience It was a gift from my son so I would like to retrieve it. Thank you in advance for your help with this issue.


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