The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico presents art programs for kids of all ages this summer. The kick-off event on Friday, May 28, 5-6 p m. at the Harwood's Sidney and Gladys Smith Children's Art Gallery features a reception for artwork created by children as part of the Museum Adventures in Art program led by artist and instructor Olga Torres Reid.

Curator of Education Lucy Perera said, "This new gallery space, which features work created by kids in the Harwood's art programs, is very dynamic. We plan to install new exhibitions monthly so that our little artists as well as visitors to the Harwood can experience a museum-quality display of art created by our community's youth."

The Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center will be open during the kick-off, and participants can take part in a project making hats out of recycled materials.

Art experiences continue with two free felt workshops, presented by local artist and instructor Merce Mitchell – felted portraits on Saturday, June 5 and felted creatures on Saturday, June 19, 10-11:30 a.m. The program is part of the Museum Adventures in Art Series, where professional artists share their expertise and enthusiasm with a younger audience. It is funded in part by N.M. Arts.

Summer Art Exploration Workshops kick off with a four-part program, Art/Music/Words, Tuesday, June 1-Friday, June 4, 10 -11:30 a.m. The workshop explores different types of artistic expression including music, writing and performance. A special guest concert features Nancy Laupheimer of the Taos Chamber Music Group and composer-in-residence Edie Hill on Friday, June 4.

Art Exploration Workshops continue with Create a Parade, June 29-July 4. Students will design and fabricate a fantastic, artistic entry for the Arroyo Seco Fourth of July Parade. During the final workshop of the series, the Art of the Sacred, July27-29, includes constructing a recycled art totem, planting an herb garden, retablo making and a labyrinth workshop.

Art Exploration Workshops are free to Harwood Museum Alliance Members at the $75 level and above or $55 for nonmembers, with sibling discounts available.

Saturday Arts for Families integrates a visit to the museum galleries and exhibitions with an art-making activity on July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10-11:30 a.m. Art & Movement, a kids-size interactive yoga class in the Agnes Martin Gallery followed by an art activity, takes place every Saturday in August, 10-11:30 a.m. Both programs are free.

Family Play Date is a free drop-in art-making program held every Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Beth Haidle offers Friday Teen Art weekly, 3:30-5 p.m. The free program explores creativity, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, clothing alteration, design and comics.

The Harwood also presents the Neighborhood Arts Program, a free outreach program bringing art directly to children, youth and families in three Taos communities – Camino de la Merced, St. James Episcopal Church and Ranchitos Road. The program is organized by art teacher and artist Siena Sanderson and funded in part by N.M. Arts and the Quail Roost Foundation.

The community is invited to a sleepover at the Harwood, Night at the Museum on Friday, June 11, 5 p.m.-Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. The sleepover features art, cooking, a dinner party, movie, flashlight tour, s'mores, stories and yoga.

The Harwood Museum of Art of UNM, at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, N.M., is open during the summer Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $8, or free on Sundays to Taos County residents. Visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Media Contact: Lucy Perera, (575) 758-9826 ext. 105; e-mail: lperera@aol.com