Mayor’s Art Institute

Mayor's Art Institute

The Mayor’s Art Institute was created in 1999 to provide paid training and mentorship for artistically talented youth and adults.

The program was administered by the City of Albuquerque from 1999-2005, before being administered the Harwood Art Center from 2006-2015. The Institute grew and flourished through the support of the Harwood staff and community. It gained stability, national recognition, and the support of the greater Albuquerque community while under the administration of Harwood.

Beginning in 2016, the Mayor’s Art Institute will be administered by ALMA (Apprenticeships for Leaders in Mosaic Arts), a local arts non-profit directed by the lead artists of the Mayor’s Art Institute.  The Harwood Art Center is thrilled to have been able to incubate this lasting, successful program, and we wish ALMA the best in the future.

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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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