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.

Learn more about:

Our Vision, Mission & Goals:


Visual and Performing Arts are an integral part of every child's education.


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:

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

Gina Gutierrez
Fine Arts Administrative
(505) 962-1361

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

Loretta Risso
Fine Arts Clerk, Cleveland HS
(505) 938-0300 Ext. 52282

Juan Torres
District Percussion Coordinator
(505) 962-1354

Sam Nesbitt
Elementary Band Program Coordinator
(505) 962-1356

Kristen Pickens
Orchestra Educational Assistant
(505) 962-1368

Please visit individual school Web sites for the arts teachers on each campus.