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Barnstone Art for Kids was founded by Lynn Detwiler in 2011, merging her lifelong passion for art with experience in doing group facilitation work with grieving children. The concept of the organization was sketched out in a retail art gallery. Soon it became clear that the sheer brilliance of art was in its power to encourage individuals to heal, cope and grow.

With some modest financial, material and volunteer support from patrons and artists, Barnstone Art for Kids launched their first small group mentoring program in the fall of 2011.  Seven volunteers provided six children with the opportunity to experience nine enriched hours of therapeutic artistic expression over a six-week period. After witnessing the positive impact on both the children and volunteer mentors, Barnstone pursued registration as a 501(c)3 organization. We are dedicated to pairing children who have suffered multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences, with compassionate mentors in small groups to deliver a trauma informed resilience program, The Power of Art.

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