History of RRAA

 (the late Delma Petrullo)

 

 How Rio Rancho Art Association All Began

 

In February 2004, ARTsLINK, an art advisory council to the City of Rio Rancho, was created with the purpose of finding ways to give the City of Rio Rancho an identity through the arts (Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Public Arts). Delma M. Petrullo was on the original ARTsLINK advisory council. The Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) grew out of one of these components and was officially established in October 2004. Delma was not only founder of RRAA, but she also became  a city councilor for District 3 in Rio Rancho.

Delma passed away after loosing her battle with esophageal cancer on June 3rd,  2009 at the age of 60.

Without Delma’s vision, there would not be a professional art organization in Rio Rancho. Delma also encouraged the city to pass an ordinance to create an Art Commission so that the city would have an entity that could oversee and bring public art to the city, along with facilitating in establishing a presence of art in the community.