Community meeting planned for BARN project

Bainbridge residents will be able to participate in the next step for creating an educational center for aspiring artisans.

The nonprofit Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) will host a public meeting Tuesday, April 29 to discuss a proposed 25,000-square-foot building for teaching artisanal crafts.

The BARN center will provide community workshops where students can learn skills ranging from metal fabricating, fiber arts and 3-D printing to cooking and robotics.

Classes will be available for all skill levels, and an open studio time will also offer informal learning where students can work on personal and community service projects.

BARN began in 2012 in collaboration with local artists and the Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop. It has since partnered up with Bainbridge architect Johnpaul Jones, his firm Jones & Jones and PHC Construction to develop plans for a community learning center.

Residents will have the chance to learn more about the center from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Fireside Room at the Vineyard Lane Condominiums off of Highway 305.

For more information, contact Joshua Machen of the city’s planning department at 206-780-3765.

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