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Kids Drawing

Barnstone Art for Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Phoenixville, PA that uses the Power of Art tofoster 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 their first small group mentoring program in the fall of 2011. We have grown and expandedour 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


Sean Halloran

Executive Director
Barnstone Art For Kids


Sean joined Barnstone first as a mentor and eventually joined the Board in 2017. As an Art Therapist and Psychologist, Sean brings a wealth of relevant knowledge to Barnstone Art for Kids. Sean has spent over 20 years in the non-profit, mental health world working with children and families as both a Clinician and Program Administrator/ Leader. His work in program development and leadership have included the integration of trauma-informed practices at both the programmatic and organizational levels.


As both a supporter and volunteer mentor at Barnstone Art for Kids, Sean was instrumental in monitoring the program and evaluation tools for the Power of Art. In July of 2019, Sean became the Executive Director of Barnstone Art for Kids. He remains on the Board as a non-voting member.


Lisa Katarynick

Director of Programming
Barnstone Art For Kids


Lisa volunteered at Barnstone first as a mentor and and after five years joined the team in 2017.


After graduating from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Lisa held various graphic design and art director positions in magazine and music publishing. It was during this time Lisa began teaching children art both privately and in various classes and art camps. Working with children lead to Lisa’s volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the Musicians on Call non-profit and eventually to volunteering at Barnstone Art for Kids.

“When I heard about Barnstone Art for Kids I didn’t have to think twice about saying YES to volunteering! Mentoring kids and watching them heal, cope and grow through the Power of Art is so rewarding! I am so lucky to now be part of this amazing team where I get to work everyday with wonderful people who help children in our community!" 

Lisa has furthered her education with certificates in trauma informed training from Drexel University College of Medicine and the Jefferson Trauma Education Network- Thomas Jefferson University. In her spare time Lisa enjoys painting, cooking, listening to live music and mentoring children.



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