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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

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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