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Contact Information

Physical Address:
912 Oak Street SE, Building M Albuquerque, NM 87106 Map

Phone: (505) 880-8249
Fax: (505) 872-0664

Full staff listing

Welcome to the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts Program!

We provide a comprehensive program of fine arts education, K – 12, designed to make a significant contribution to student learning and personal growth.

In our 90 elementary schools, we:

  • Provide direct instruction in music and visual arts to all students.
  • Hire, supervise, and provide professional development for certified art and music teachers.
  • Provide consumable supplies and equipment for arts instruction at no cost to schools.
  • Provide professional development for classroom teachers.
  • Work with community groups to coordinate annual district-wide arts events, including NM Symphony Orchestra concerts & programs; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Tour Performances; Popejoy Hall Schooltime Series; UNM Music Prep School & many others.
  • Coordinate “Art is Elementary,” the annual district exhibit of elementary art; the annual fourth and fifth grade elementary Honor Choir concerts; and the APS art exhibit at the NM State Fair.
  • Provide advocacy at the local and state levels for the advancement of arts education.

In our 27 middle schools and 13 high schools, we:

  • Work with Human Resources to staff band, chorus and orchestra positions.
  • Fund bus transportation for high school bands to perform at home football games.
  • Coordinate and review bids for replacement of worn and non-repairable school instruments.
  • Coordinate or assist with district music, art, photography and drama festivals.

Throughout the district, we:

  • Oversee the ARTS Center, a library of arts-related resources and a professional development resource for any APS staff member in the areas of art, music, dance, drama, and literature.
  • Oversee the Music Instrument Repair Department technicians, who repair and maintain all music instruments for middle school and high school music programs.
  • Produce FAN Fare, the Fine Arts program quarterly newsletter.

Contact Us

Person Title Phone
Gina Rasinski Director of Fine Arts, Performing Arts Zones 1 and 4 (505) 880-8249 ext. 88041
Joe Gershin Performing Arts Manager, Zones 2 and 3 (505) 880-8249 ext. 88035
Renee Gallegos Visual Arts Manager, Zones 1 and 4 (505) 880-8249 ext. 88039
Denise Rudd Visual Arts Manager, Zones 2 and 3 (505) 880-8249 ext. 88034
Deanna Amend Choir Resource Teacher (505) 880-8249 ext. 88044
Rosemary Fessinger Music Resource Teacher (505) 880-8249 ext. 88033
Cinamon Gentry Visual Arts Resource Teacher (505) 880-8249 ext. 88032
Audra Chaplin Inventory Technician (505) 880-8249 ext. 88037
Gloria Deffenbaugh Funding Technician (505) 880-8249 ext. 88036
Bernadette Madrid Aragon Secretary (505) 880-8249 ext. 88038
Carla Haynes ARTS Resource Teacher - Music (505) 880-8249 ext. 88031
Joni Lloyd ARTS Resource Teacher - Drama (505) 880-8249 ext. 88043
Rosy Poling ARTS Resource Teacher - Visual Arts (505) 880-8249 ext. 88042
Karen Price ARTS Resource Teacher - Dance (505) 880-8249 ext. 88040
Andee Schray ARTS Center Librarian (505) 880-8249 ext. 88022
Catherine Cunningham Music Instrument Repair - String Specialist (505) 765-5950 ext. 67464
Jim Hopkins Music Instrument Repair - Wind, Brass, Percussion Specialist (505) 765-5950 ext. 67464