June 21, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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April 01, 2020

Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

In this unprecedented time, my heart goes out to those who are on the front lines of this crisis within our own community, nationally and around the world. I am overcome with gratitude for being surrounded by the beauty and space that Taos offers. I am especially grateful for the Harwood community and hope that each of you is healthy and safe as we navigate this challenging time together.

While the Harwood Museum of Art is closed to the public, our amazing staff has successfully transitioned to remote work. Please know that we are here for you and available for questions. Our team is not only planning for our eventual reopening but is also taking this time as an opportunity to assess our current work and re-emerge as a stronger organization that is more resilient and connected to our community.

We will all be impacted by this global experience and creativity is central to our resilience. Art connects us. I think of Dean Pulver’s Spiral Journey which explores a profound universal experience. I think of Subhankar Banerjee’s photographs that speak to multi-species interconnectedness across continents, poignantly relevant as boundaries are obliterated by the current pandemic. And even Bea Mandelman whose depression era street scenes show our shared humanity.

Art is the language of our humanity. Right now, as we physically distance ourselves, we virtually come together in each other’s living rooms, and we see each other in new ways. The Harwood too will continue to share our exhibitions and artist voices via video and virtual gatherings, and we will learn new ways to continue to be a beacon of creative inspiration in our world. Right now on Facebook we ask that you share your memories of the Harwood Library, and an on-line survey asking for your input, so we can be an even better museum for you. So please check in with us, and stay connected via Facebook, Instagram, email and our website.

Through this time, we hope that the Harwood can inspire creativity as our world finds new solutions to a better future. Rarely are we given the opportunity to re-asses and re-emerge with more intention. I know we can come through this, together.

Peace + Equanimity,


Juniper Leherissey Manley
Executive Director
Harwood Museum of Art