ARTBARN 2019 in Fort Worden

This summer, ARTBARN is excited to announce we will be a part of the brand new music and arts festival, THING, at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA, August 24th and 25th.
We’ve been working on a piece called The Archivists since 2017, a story about an all too imaginable near future where women’s stories are being erased and a group of women come together to collect and protect those stories before they can be forgotten.

For THING, we’ll be building an installation that audience members can interact with in a variety of ways. They will be invited to peruse the archive, to read and listen to stories of women and/or write or record stories of their own. We are imagining an archive similar to what we built for our 2017 workshop version of this piece that was set in an abandoned gym.


We have compiled over a hundred stories written by our incredible ARTBARN 2017 company of interns, associate artists, and collaborating writers who sent us submissions from around the country about the women (from history and their personal lives) who inspire them. We are excited to feature those stories in this year’s piece.

Our goal is to represent as many women as possible and to build a stunning piece of scale that has an immediate visual and emotional impact. For that, we’re going to need MORE STORIES! If you’d like to contribute a story to the archive, here’s how to do it:

  • Claim 1-100 women (by placing your name in the “claim’ column) from this list who we don’t already have content for (those without anything in the ‘fictional material’ column. Or ADD a woman we have not yet listed at the bottom. The only real requirements are that they self-identify as a woman, are deceased, and someone who you think should be included in a preserved archive.
  • Write something about them for inclusion in the archive. This should be no more than 500 words and can take a range of forms (biography, recipe, memory, monologue, to do list, diary entry, image, excerpt of their own writing, poem, letter, etc.) in addition to their date of birth and death
  • Submit this to us by emailing and/or by August 10, 2019
All contributing writers will be credited in the archive and online.
We hope to see you at Fort Worden in August!