Art & Social Justice Apprenticeship | Harwood Art Center

Art & Social Justice Apprenticeship

Harwood Art Center is accepting applications to our PAID summer apprenticeship in Art and Social Justice.

This summer, Harwood Art Center will assemble a creative team to design and fabrication a public sculpture that helps light Mesa Verde Park in the International District of Albuquerque. We will hire ten apprentices from local high schools who will work with our leadership team to coalesce community input into a cohesive design for an ongoing project in the park.

Apprentices will work from June 3 - August 9 on Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm with a lunch break. Apprentices will be paid $12 an hour. Apprentices are hired in partnership with New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps and as Corps members, the apprenticeship must be your sole employment this summer. Applicants should demonstrate strong teamwork, a proven work ethic, creative thinking and communication skills. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged.

Applications are due by SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019.

Apply for the 2019 Apprenticeship >

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.

Meet the 2018 Team >


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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