Outreach Programs | Harwood Art Center

Outreach Programs

  • Creative Roots, Family Art Day

  • Creative Roots members in the Annual Marigold Parade

  • Mayor’s Art Institute mosaic on the Albuquerque Convention Center

Harwood Reaches Out

In 1991, Harwood Art Center was created as the community outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori. The school made its home in the heart of Albuquerque, in one of its most historic neighborhoods, between Old Town and Downtown. The area was also designated a “pocket of poverty." Understanding that art is vital for a healthy community, Harwood Art Center was designed to increase access to the arts and inspire a passion for life-long learning in our community.

Harwood has deep roots in our neighborhood. We partner with local community centers and offer free art workshops and public events with the goal of building strong relationships around the city.

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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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