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Our Story

Harwood Art Center

Harwood, the outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, is a creative center for community and the arts. Participating at a grassroots level, we work to build a sustainable and more vibrant local, statewide and regional community by using the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, cultural enrichment and social change.

We believe that equitable access to the arts is an integral part of a vibrant community, and our programs manifest this belief. We provide art education for all ages; community outreach projects and events; teaching and apprenticeship opportunities; and studios, exhibitions and professional development programs for both emerging and established artists.

Events and classes take place in our main building at the corner of Seventh Street and Mountain Road, at our art studios at the corner of Sixth Street and Mountain Road, and at many and varied locations around the neighborhood, city and state.

ABOUT HARWOOD & ESCUELA

For over 40 years, Escuela del Sol, an independent Montessori school, has nurtured creativity, independence and academic excellence in pre-K through elementary aged children. Escuela’s Harwood Art Center expands the school’s philosophy to serve a broad audience of youth and adults with a variety of arts programs. Escuela and Harwood are dedicated to instilling a passion for lifelong learning, creative expression and positive impact on our world.

HARWOOD STORIES

Richard Goulis

Former Harwood Employee

In 1992, I answered a HELP WANTED ad for substitute teachers at Escuela del Sol Montessori. There I met Friedje, who astutely noticed I had some experience in organizing artists and arts organizations. I began searching for interested artists and set out creating art workshops for the community. We soon began offering about 30 workshops, in everything from pinhole photography, drawing, performance art, to ceramics, mask making, video production and more.  After this successful summer session, I was offered a managerial position and began to see what could come of the newly minted “Harwood Art Center.”  After about one year we had 65 amazing artists in the studios, with a growing waiting list of well over 50 people, a working performance space, dance floor and darkroom, various gallery spaces, as well as classes just about every night of the week.

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