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Volunteer making art project with two students.

Our Story

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.


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 its first small group mentoring program in the fall of 2011. We have grown and expanded our program offerings in the intervening years. We continue to seek new ways to inform our communities about the dangers of ACEs and provide creative, inspiring programs to children. We are glad you are here and encourage you to join us in this important work.

Students wearing silly masks on the stairs

Our mission

Barnstone Art for Kids uses the power of art and community connection to foster resilience in children facing adversity.

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