Everyone is welcome at BARN.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are here to learn from unique abilities and perspectives as much as we are here to teach.

Our center is enriched by such inclusion because in doing so, we are a catalyst for exponential learning growth, dynamic collaborative results, and overall community wellness. We seek to support individuals in accessing BARN classes, workshops, and open studio hours in as varied capacities as possible and within consideration of the safety of all students, volunteers, and staff.

Financial Aid

We have generous financial aid available in the form of tuition assistance and membership grants.

Tuition Assistance

Class tuition assistance is available whether you are a member or not. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a response within three business days.

Membership Grants

Assistance with the cost of BARN membership is available.  If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator at or call (206) 842-4475 x202.

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Building Access

Our building offers accessible parking spots, an accessible entrance, wide hallways, and an elevator. We offer an all-gender bathroom on our lower level. For information on accessibility in specific studios, contact

Hearing Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant, BARN is able to provide a sound field amplification system, which helps amplify and clarify audio, benefiting students of all hearing abilities. Please request this in advance of a class or event by emailing

Companion Program

BARN’s Companion Program provides individuals with disabilities assistance at BARN classes and events. This service is free, but people do need to register and pay any course and materials fees.

If you have your own ADA Companion that you would like to bring to assist you, please contact

All Companion Program requests must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the start of the class.

Special thanks to Bainbridge Community Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the BARN Companion Program.

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Get Involved

We’d love to hear your thoughts about accessibility and inclusion at BARN.  If you have personal stories or ideas about how BARN can become an even more safe and welcoming space, please email

BARN’s IDEA Committee is dedicated to moving the organization forward in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility.  It is made up of staff, members, and community members passionate about this work.  If you are interested in volunteering your time to this team, please email

Interested in becoming a companion? We hope you consider applying for this rewarding position. For teens, community members, and experienced professionals this is an amazing opportunity to volunteer your time to help keep BARN accessible and inclusive. Dates and hours will vary depending on the quantity of participants and which programs our participants select.  For more information about becoming a companion, please email

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