Outreach Programs

  • Creative Roots, Family Art Day

  • Creative Roots members in the Annual Marigold Parade

  • Mayor’s Art Institute mosaic on the Albuquerque Convention Center

Harwood Reaches Out

In 1991, Harwood Art Center was created as the community outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori. The school made its home in the heart of Albuquerque, in one of its most historic neighborhoods, between Old Town and Downtown. The area was also designated a “pocket of poverty." Understanding that art is vital for a healthy community, Harwood Art Center was designed to increase access to the arts and inspire a passion for life-long learning in our community.

Harwood has deep roots in our neighborhood. We partner with local community centers and offer free art workshops and public events with the goal of building strong relationships around the city.

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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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