Apprenticeship for Art & Social Justice
Job Posting

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



Apprentices will work with program lead and assisting artist, Harwood staff, and community partners to coalesce community input into a cohesive design for a public sculpture and design, fabricate and install a public sculpture at Mesa Verde Park in the International District of Albuquerque. 


*Applicants must be 16 – 24 years old.*

Applicants should demonstrate strong teamwork, a proven work ethic, creative thinking, and communication skills. Experience in art, architecture, design, digital rendering or fabrication

Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged.


Apprentices will work from June 1 – August 6. Work hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with an hour lunch break. Apprentices must be available for the entire summer program. *There will be no work the week of June 29 – July 3 for the Fourth of July Holiday.* 

Apprentices will be paid $12 an hour. Apprentices are hired in partnership with New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps as Corps members and the apprenticeship must be your sole employment this summer. 

Applications are due by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020.

This is a competitive application process. After reviewing the written applications, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview during the week of February 24 – 28. Following the interview process, we will select a final group to hire for the summer 2020 apprenticeship. We will hire a group of apprentices that represent diversity in skills, experiences and viewpoints.  


Harwood Art Center is a program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, an independent Montessori school. For over 40 years, Escuela del Sol has nurtured creativity, independence and academic excellence. Established in 1991, Harwood Art Center expands the school’s philosophy to serve a broad audience of youth and adults with a variety of programs, including art classes, studio rentals, gallery exhibitions and community outreach projects, as well as apprenticeship, teaching and professional development opportunities. Escuela and Harwood are dedicated to building a love of lifelong learning, creative expression and positive impact on our community and our world.

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Jennifer DePaolo

Associate Director of Community Outreach, (505) 242-6367