Local artist honored for years of volunteer work
For years Nancy Thompson has taught art to juvenile offenders
Nancy Thompson of West Goshen has volunteered countless hours to teach art to juvenile offenders.
WEST CHESTER >> Care, concern, and compassion.
Those three words were used to describe local artist Nancy Thompson’s approach to volunteer work she was honored for recently at the Chester County Youth Center with juvenile offenders.
“I truly consider it a privilege to be here” to show appreciation for Thompson’s work, said center director Gary Blair at the Oct. 26 county commissioners’ meeting, at which she was awarded a citation for her many years of work at the center.
Thompson, of West Goshen, helped those teenagers at the center create murals in an all-purpose room depicting land and sky and sea, as well as a jazz jam session, said Blair. “It was amazing to see the works in progress, and the way (the youths) bought into everything,” he said. “We’ve got some tough kids in there. This is a great thing to recognize.”
Thanking the commissioners for the citation, Thompson expressed modesty. “One person is not responsible for all that happened there,” said the widow of former state senator and county commissioner Robert Thompson. “It is the staff that works together.”
The citation, signed by all three commissioners, states that Thompson’s “artistic talent and love of teaching art, combined with her commitment to serving the young people … has led to the completion of a four-part mural created by Nancy, with significant artistic contributions by the youth.
“The artwork has helped the center’s young people discover their artistic talents while experiencing teamwork and a boost to their self-esteem,” it read. “Thanks to Nancy’s contributions, the mural is now, and will continue to be a positive talking piece for the Chester County Youth Center residents and staff during meal times and program times.”