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Barnstone Art for Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Phoenixville, PA that uses the Power of Art to foster resiliency in children facing adversity.  Children benefit from sustained one-on-one interactions with a motivated mentor and our mentors are rewarded with a sense of fulfillment and a chance to make a difference.

Heal, Cope & Grow

  • A one on one relationship with a mentor to maximize opportunity for choice and control.
  • A safe, structured environment suitable for judgement free expression.
  • An intimate group setting to learn to live and grow with one another.
  • Access to explore and create art for a full year.
  • Working with their hands, gradually opening their minds to release stress.
  • Overcoming obstacles that strengthen problem-solving skills.
  • Taking time to reflect on a project and learning how to be present.
  • Expressing and acknowledging feelings helping them communicate effectively.
 MENTORS are trained to: 
  • Provide a safe and supportive relationship.
  • Model examples of healthy, confident behavior.
  • Affirm and reinforce success through the creative process.
  • Value each child’s voice and expression of feelings through reflective listening techniques.
  • The  opportunity for healthy, constructive expression.
  • Multiple options: There is no right or wrong way when creating art.  Art just is.
  • Encouragement of original ideas and openness toward the ideas of others.
  • New skills that generate a sense of pride and accomplishment, boosting self-esteem.