Love and Blessings to Our Founder Delores Freeman Clybourn on her Retirement!
When asked what’s next for our founder and recent retiree. She respondes with that knowing smile and says……. rest, relaxation, day trips, and of course, art and cultural events, and we know much, much more.
The Nia Center family wishes to thank Delores for her vision and dedication in firmly establishing the Nia Legacy so that it can and does continue! ……If only a simple “Thanks, Ms. Dee” was enough!
How It All Started
Delores Freeman-Clybourn, Former Executive Director, founded The Nia Center in 2002-2014 initially by offering art classes in a garage. Delores recalls: I realized that [Chester] schools had reduced or eliminated the arts programs throughout the district… the children truly missed access to arts related programs so I decided to begin having classes in a rented garage on the west end. Then I developed the “Chester Pride Historical Tours” and used our seniors willing to share their stories of Chester’s rich history in the arts with our youth. This gave them a connection with the past and pride in our city. This is how it began.