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Harwood Art Center

"If I had a visitor, we would go on a field trip to the Harwood Art Center and we would look at the site-specific commissions from local artists that we have out in the sun yard."

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Harwood Art Center

"If I had a visitor, we would go on a field trip to the Harwood Art Center and we would look at the site-specific commissions from local artists that we have out in the sun yard."

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1114 7th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Harwood Art Center

Julia Mandeville is the Chief Programs Officer at the Harwood Art Center, one of Albuquerque’s most inclusive community arts spaces. The outreach arm of Escuela del Sol Montessori, the Harwood Art Center boasts studios, generous community initiatives and development programs that benefit a wide range of area artists.

Visit Albuquerque spoke with Julia to get a better feel for the center’s aims and her role as its arts administrator and curator.

Harwood Art Center is recommended by notable locals as one of the best galleries in Albuquerque, NM.

On Albuquerque’s Vibrant Arts Community

“I grew up on the east coast in a family of artists and had probably the most beautiful and grounded upbringing in that regard, in contrast to many other places that you could be. 

As soon as I got to Albuquerque, I just felt at home. It feels different here.
It's something in the air and in the land and in the camaraderie of this
community.”
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Harwood Art Center and Albuquerque’s Character

On the importance of building relationships in the arts and the Harwood Art Center's crucial role in the city’s arts ecosystem, Julia says, “I'm working in a cross-section of different spaces, and that's something that I think is extraordinary about this city. If you’re interested in and engaged by the city, our people reciprocate. I’m working really actively in the arts and am interested in how the arts contribute to community building and economic development. Our arts really exemplify the character of this city.

“The arts also have this potential to magnify what’s good about this city. You realize that that energy and care are seen and valued by people outside the arts field. 

These moments and opportunities we’re able to build are all grounded in relationships. People in Albuquerque are really able to think beyond the bounds of their own structures and their own fields and to collaboratively create opportunities for partnership."

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