Escuela del Sol | Harwood Art Center

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Escuela del Sol

Harwood Art Center is the community outreach program of Escuela del Sol, an independent, non-profit Montessori school founded in 1968. Harwood was started to build and sustain connections between the school and the neighborhood in which it is located, as well as the larger community of Albuquerque. The unique relationship between school and community art center provides limitless opportunities for personal and community-wide education, enrichment and growth through the arts.

Escuela del Sol is dedicated to instilling a passion for lifelong learning, and Harwood Art Center represents a palpable extension of this philosophy.

The Harwood Team

The Harwood Staff is responsible for the programming and daily operations of the Center, and includes the administrative staff of Escuela del Sol Montessori.

As a single organization, Harwood and Escuela share a Board of Trustees who facilitate the direction and philosophy of the organization. In addition to the Board of Trustees, Harwood also looks to several advisory committees for input to ensure that we meet the needs of our community.

The Escuela Mission

Escuela del Sol is an educational community that promotes the understanding of the interdependence of all life, values diversity and encourages students of all ages to discover the role each plays in contributing to his or her community. Escuela del Sol Montessori is a not-for-profit school that runs multiple programs including pre-K and elementary education, and Harwood, a community outreach program based in arts education and service.

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HARWOOD STORIES

Susan Klebanoff

Susan Klebanoff


Former Resident Artist

I had the good fortune to be an artist at the Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005. It was wonderful being in a community of artists that were so creative and supportive of each other. Having just arrived in NM in ’96, it was particularly meaningful for me because I did not know anyone in this state, and it enabled me to create immediate friendships with like minded people. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Harwood and believe that the [Harwood] Art Center is vital to the neighboring community.

Susan Klebanoff is an internationally recognized contemporary tapestry artist who lives and works in Albuquerque. She kept a studio at Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005.

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