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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

SUZANNE SBARGE
SUZANNE SBARGE

Former Director of Harwood

When I started the building was primarily a studio center for artists with very little public programming. The only staff members were the Building Manager Marshall Kovitz and me, and we were both part-time. I worked to expand the reach of Harwood through lots more exhibitions, classes and events, and the Harwood Summer Arts Camp. I focused on community involvement and marketing, which transformed Harwood from a mostly quiet studio center into a public venue that was always buzzing with activity.

I am grateful to the Harwood for launching my career in arts administration over 20 years ago and for serving as the umbrella for 516 ARTS in our first year.

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