Art & Social Justice Apprenticeship | Harwood Art Center

Art & Social Justice Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship for Art & Social Justice
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Meet the 2018 Team >

Harwood’s Apprenticeship for Art & Social Justice employs and trains high school students under the mentorship of professional artists, designers, architects, engineers and fabricators. Apprenticeship teams create large-scale public sculptures that achieve social impact by: Providing lighting and increasing public safety in Mesa Verde Park; cultivating community-driven planning and design in the La Mesa neighborhood; and working with a collaborative network in Albuquerque’s International District.

We’ve built new partnerships with the International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC), CABQ Parks and Recreation Department, Hayes Middle School and Mesa Verde Community Center in support of this program.

Situated in a residential neighborhood, Mesa Verde Park is a daily thruway for Hayes Middle School students who seek safe and comfortable passage through the park. Unfortunately, many students report being asked to transport parcels across the park, stepping on discarded needles and being followed by strangers.

The IDHCC is engaged in needle pick up in the park. Hayes Middle School is working with the city to procure a crossing-guard and footpath lighting at the intersection of Lomas and Tennessee. Our sculptures along Tennessee will increase lighting and community engagement in the park.

This summer,the inaugural year of the apprenticeship, our artists and apprentices will coalesce community input into a design that reflects the values and hopes of residents who use the park regularly. Next summer, our team will fabricate and install the first community-driven outdoor lighting sculpture in Mesa Verde Park. We are consulting city planners, civic leaders and architects on feasibility and infrastructure requirements of our design.

Together, through this innovative and comprehensive approach, we’ll improve the quality of life in La Mesa.


Susan Klebanoff

Susan Klebanoff

Former Resident Artist

I had the good fortune to be an artist at the Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005. It was wonderful being in a community of artists that were so creative and supportive of each other. Having just arrived in NM in ’96, it was particularly meaningful for me because I did not know anyone in this state, and it enabled me to create immediate friendships with like minded people. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Harwood and believe that the [Harwood] Art Center is vital to the neighboring community.

Susan Klebanoff is an internationally recognized contemporary tapestry artist who lives and works in Albuquerque. She kept a studio at Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005.

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