April 20, 2021 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, and Art Exploration Workshops. 


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. Pierce 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 as scheduled four times a year 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



COMMUNITY DAYS  & Family days

 El Moises at Halloween at the HarwoodThe Harwood opens its doors to the community free of charge with fun activites for kids and adults.  Valentine Extraveganza, Halloween @ The Harwood, and Lighting Ledoux.  Come be inspired!  

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