Escuela del Sol | Harwood Art Center

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Our Story

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

Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist


I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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