Since 2010, the Thompson Family Foundation of New York has provided scholarships for students of area high schools and colleges to take studio classes at The Woodstock School of Art. At little or no cost to themselves or their families, students who are enrolled in art classes in their regular educational institutions may be recommended by an instructor to take a studio class at The Woodstock School of Art. In many cases, depending on the school where the student is enrolled, classes taken and completed at The Woodstock School of Art may earn their school’s academic credit. There are special classes held for Thompson scholarship recipients on a regular basis at the school, providing the opportunity for the students to enjoy a classic, north light art studio atmosphere, with instruction by active, professional artists. Special sessions of classes are held several times each year, exposing the students to various disciplines such as printmaking and sculpture. Work created by Thompson scholarship students is showcased each year in The Woodstock School of Art’s Angeloch Gallery, rounding out each student’s artistic experience.
Wade F. B. Thompson (died 2009) revived the beloved Airstream brand of travel trailers and led a campaign to renovate the historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. Mr. Thompson was deeply dedicated to the arts, historic preservation and conservation. He was the founder and chairman of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy whose mission is to restore and revitalize the historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. He was a major supporter of Central Park Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society, and Mystic Seaport Museum. He and his business partner Peter Orthwein ran Thor Industries.