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

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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