About BARN

BARN envisions a world where people recognize and value their own creativity and their capacity to contribute to their communities.

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Our Mission

To grow and inspire a creative community through craft, learning, and service.

To accomplish that mission, BARN
  • Maintains a well-equipped facility with a variety of craft studios
  • Offers access to all studios for members as well as the public
  • Offers classes and events that increase the ability of participants to learn and expand their skills
  • Supports other non-profit organizations through community service using our core competencies

Our Values

The core values that guide BARN’s mission and actions are:

Inclusivity

It is essential to provide a safe and welcoming space for all within the BARN community.

Craft

Hands-on creativity and innovation bring joy, serve needs, and inspire action.

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Volunteerism
& Service

Participants apply their skills to solve problems, share knowledge, and respond to needs at BARN and in the community at large.

Stewardship

Honesty and care form the basis of relationships and activities at BARN.

Diversity & Belonging

BARN’s goal is to mirror the diversity of our community, welcoming people from all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. We are actively working to dismantle the historical barriers that have limited access to the arts, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate.

We occupy the ancestral home of the Suquamish Tribe. We are honored when tribal members participate and teach at BARN, and hope to continue building a relationship of peace and support. We offer members of all registered Native American tribes a discounted membership. For more information email membership@bainbridgebarn.org.

We understand that time and cost can be barriers to participation. That’s why we’re expanding our scheduling options and encourage you to explore our financial aid if needed.

We value your feedback about diversity and belonging. Whether you have personal experiences or innovative ideas, please share them with us at belong@bainbridgebarn.org.

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History

The idea for BARN was sparked in 2012 when a group of woodworkers, fiber artists, and other makers discovered they shared a common goal of finding a home for makers and artisans. Learn more »

BARN members selling their hand-crafted wares at BARN Bazaar

Annual Events

Get to know BARN by attending one of our annual events. From the Spring Sampler to the BARN Bazaar, our community events bring makers together. Learn more »

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Visit BARN

You’re welcome to visit BARN any day during open hours. We also offer free guided tours between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more »

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Youth at BARN

All BARN classes are open to youth of high school age and up. BARN also offers summer and after-school programs for teens and tweens. Learn more »

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Accessibility

Our Companion Program offers individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive, and social-emotional challenges a companion who can assist them at BARN events. Learn more »

A Tiny House being built by BARN community service volunteers

Tuition Assistance

Class tuition assistance is available whether you are a member or not. Your application will be reviewed promptly. Learn more »

People of BARN

Studio Leads and Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of BARN. They set direction, create studio programming, facilitate classes and open studios, and more. Become a volunteer »

Staff

Staff members support volunteers and programming, maintain the facility and systems, and share information about what’s happening at BARN. See staff members »

Board of Directors

The board provides strategic direction for BARN programs and operations. See Board of Directors »

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Business Documents
Annual Report

The Impact Report shares the impact that BARN programs had on the community. View the 2023 annual report »

Tax ID

Our federal tax number (or EIN) is 27-0188882. This letter from the IRS verifies that we are a public charity entitled to receive tax-deductible donations.

Tax Returns

Our 2023 federal tax return » See all federal tax returns »

Policies

Our privacy policy »

Helpful Forms
Tuition Assistance

To help make BARN accessible to all, we offer tuition assistance to help cover the cost of classes. Learn more »

Support BARN

Your gift to BARN, regardless of the amount, changes lives for the better. Your tax-deductible contribution expands tuition support, creates new opportunities for youth, purchases and maintains equipment, and much more. You’ll make a difference by helping BARN to help others.