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Harwood Art Center

Harwood, the public outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, is a creative center for community. Participating at a grassroots level, Harwood deploys the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, cultural enrichment and social change. We believe that equitable access to the arts and opportunities for creative expression are integral to inspired, passionate individuals and to healthy, vibrant communities.

Our programs include arts education, engagement and community outreach initiatives for all ages, as well as resident studio, apprenticeship, teaching and professional development opportunities for artists. Events, workshops and classes take place in our main building at the corner of 7th & Mountain, at our 6th Street Studio, and at many varied locations around the neighborhood, city and state.

Harwood’s work blooms from the seeds of our shared humanity. Art is a powerful means for holistic community engagement, and we wield it toward integration, visibility, empathy and unity. The arts imbue individuals and New Mexico with a unique sense of place, shared identity, cultural wealth, and vast potential for development. Across our efforts, we center communities who are marginalized by biases toward status, identity and location by shaping our programs with and for our broad and diverse community/ies.

Escuela del Sol & Harwood Art Center

For 50 years, Escuela del Sol, an independent Montessori school, has nurtured self-discovery, social responsibility and passion for learning in our students. Each day Escuela supports students from ages 18 months to 14 years on their real-world quests to excel academically and to develop the skills they need for meaningful, happy and successful futures.

For more than 25 years, Escuela’s Harwood Art Center has expanded our model of intergenerational, creative and inspired learning in service to our New Mexico community.

Harwood and Escuela are dedicated to instilling a passion for lifelong learning, creative expression and positive impact on our world.