January 19, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Harwood Educational Programs

The Museum believes that all children should have access to the arts regardless of income or background. Our goal is to make the Harwood collection and special exhibitions accessible to our entire community, young and old. Introducing children to the arts encourages positive risk-taking, builds links to our histories and cultures, teaches visual literacy, and inspires curiosity, creativity and life-long learning in our future generations. The Harwood Educational Programs include:  Art in the Schools, Teen Engagement Program, Home School at the Harwood, Art Exploration Workshops and Art Explorers' Club


Art in the Schools uses the power of art to transform young lives. This museum-based studio art program provides in-depth arts education to at-risk, low-income school children. Since the program began in 2007, the Harwood has developed a partnership with 12 local schools, providing 3,800 2-hour visits to over 1,200 Pre-K through 5th grade children per school year. This regular engagement in the arts has been shown to motivate student learning through creative thinking and problem solving, which is linked to a positive and successful educational experience.   Learn more about this program. 

Art in the Schools is funded through grants and individual donations.  Thank you to New Mexico Arts, Taos Community Foundation, Fasken Foundation, Martin Foundation for Creative Arts, Wilder Green Fund, US Bank, and many individuals for their support this school year. A VSA contract with the Kennedy Center also supports our service to special needs kids in the Taos community.     

To support this program click on the donate button below to be directed to the UNM Foundation's secure giving page.


The Harwood Teen Engagement program offers opportunities for mentorship, civic engagement, and leadership to youth age 13 – 18. Using the Museum as the basis of their Service Learning component, teens gain career-related skills. Teams come together each semester to create a series of programs, such as exhibitions, films, poetry slams, events and workshops that are envisioned and implemented by teens for teens. This program empowers our youth to make a far reaching impact in their community.   Contact education@harwoodmuseum.org for more information. 

The Teen Engagement Program is funded through grants and individual donations. Thank you to the Kanter Kallman Foundation and the Albert I. Piece Foundation for making this program possible.  

To support this program click on the donate button below to be directed to the UNM Foundation's secure giving page.



Home school families are invited to a special art program exploring the Harwood's diverse collection and creating art in the Museum's inspiring Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center the last Monday of each month from 10-11:30 am. This program is designed for kids 4 - 12 years old. Parent participation is required. Contact education@harwoodmuseum.org for more information.  


These multi-day workshops are held during the summer and on school breaks. This program introduces kids to different themes in art, often aligned to current museum exhibitions. Guest artist instructors as well as museum educators present a project over a four day period. 

Art Exploration Workshops allow for more involved art-making, provide opportunities for friendships, and make children 100% comfortable in the Harwood Museum. The Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center, the Harwood's Back-Yard Sculpture Garden as well as the Museum galleries are used in this program. Scholarships for this program are made possible by The Fasken Youth Arts Outreach and  Scholarship Fund. For more information on Art Explorations Click Here.

View one of the puppet shows created with Christina Mas Oliver during one of the summer 2014 Art Exploration Workshops



Taught by A.C. Ward 

The Art Explorer Club is a series of imaginative workshops for four and five year olds. In a relaxed family friendly environment, students will be introduced to the exciting exhibits of the Harwood Museum. We will explore the visual elements of line, color, and shape, while also discovering the energy and feeling behind the paintings. The museum visit will be followed by studio time where participants will create art projects that will deepen our understanding of the art we have seen.

Students will get a chance to explore their own creativity using a variety of mediums provided by the Harwood. We will work mixed media materials to create contemporary pieces. We will also investigate the mixing of colors, paint application, and the execution of a personal vision. It is our hope to share the fun and magic of looking at art and creating projects which will widen the scope of our young artist's imagination.

Check our calendar for the next upcoming Art Explorer workshop. Contact education@harwoodmuseum.org for more information. 

COMMUNITY DAYS  & Family days

REbecca Aubin and El Moises at Halloween at the HarwoodIn conjunction with exhibitions and the season, the Harwood opens its doors to the community free of charge with fun activites for kids and adults.  Valentine Extraveganza, Halloween @ The Harwood, Lighting Ledoux and special ones as exhibitions inspire.  

2014 Halloween @ The Harwood supported in part by Centinel Bank of Taos.