Fine Arts Department

Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each student within Rio Rancho Public Schools. All schools within the district have full-time art and music teachers. The district leadership team understands that the arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure. Education and engagement in the fine arts is an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component in the educational program for every student.

Our schools offer a variety of fine arts options. Our staff of fine arts educators is award-winning, and dedicated to fostering the arts in the lives of our students.

Art of Success Application opens April 12, 2024 at 7 PM (click here to apply).

Learn more about:

Our Vision, Mission & Goals:


To help all children discover the Arts


The Rio Rancho Public Schools Fine Arts Department is dedicated to ensuring each child receives a comprehensive education including instruction in visual and performing arts by highly qualified educators.


Arts Literacy; Preparing and Presenting Artistic Works; Arts Integration

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Contact Us:

Dr. Kurt A. Schmidt
Executive Director of Fine Arts
(505) 962-1355

Tamara Garcia
Fine Arts Administrative Assistant
(505) 962-1361

Angie Alire
Fine Arts Clerk, Rio Rancho HS & 5th Grade Band & Orchestra
(505) 962-9432

Anthony James
Fine Arts Clerk, Cleveland HS
(505) 938-0300 Ext. 52282

Juan Torres
District Percussion Coordinator

Sam Nesbitt
Elementary Band Program Coordinator

Kristen Pickens
Elementary Orchestra Program Coordinator

Mary (Ali) Brasher Austell
Itinerant Orchestra Teacher

Brad Dubbs
Assistant Band Director

Please visit our Fine Arts Staff page to find the Fine Arts teachers for each school site.