Fine Arts

Contact Information

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

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

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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.
  • Physical Address:
    912 Oak Street SE, Building M Albuquerque, NM 87106 Map
  • Main Phone: (505) 880-8249
  • Fax: (505) 872-0664

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Staff listed by employee, with email address and phone number.
Employee Contact Information
Gina Rasinski
Director of Fine Arts, Performing Arts Zones 1 and 4
Joe Gershin
Performing Arts Manager, Zones 2 and 3
Renee Gallegos
Visual Arts Manager, Zones 1 and 4
Denise Rudd
Visual Arts Manager, Zones 2 and 3
Deanna Amend
Choir Resource Teacher
Rosemary Fessinger
Music Resource Teacher
Cinamon Gentry
Visual Arts Resource Teacher
Andrew Binns
Funding Technician - Music
Audra Chaplin
Funding Technician - Visual Arts
Kirsten Ensafdaran
Inventory Technician
Bernadette Madrid Aragon
Secretary
Carla Haynes
ARTS Resource Teacher - Music
Joni Lloyd
ARTS Resource Teacher - Drama
Rosy Poling
ARTS Resource Teacher - Visual Arts
Karen Price
ARTS Resource Teacher - Dance
Andee Schray
ARTS Center Librarian
Catherine Cunningham
Music Instrument Repair - String Specialist
Jim Hopkins
Music Instrument Repair - Wind, Brass, Percussion Specialist