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Board Proposes to Name Gallery at Parsons Theatre after Community Member

The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) recently proposed to the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to name a gallery after Lucille Ruibal Rivera, known for her contributions to the local arts community, and member of the NAHF and the city's Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Equity Board.

The proposal would name the gallery, which is adjacent to the Parsons Theatre, the Lucille Ruibal Rivera Gallery. Ruibal Rivera was killed in November 2023 in an apparent murder-suicide, according to local news sources.

"As an accomplished artist and photographer, she shared her passion for art and inclusivity with everyone she encountered," the proposal submitted by NAHF read. "We believe that naming the gallery space in her honor is a fitting tribute to her life of service and dedication to our community."

Ruibal Rivera was seen as a key figure in facilitating collaboration between Northglenn Arts and the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) and curated a space that provided exceptional experiences to those visiting the Parsons Theatre. These exhibits highlighted underrepresented groups such as the LGBTQIA+ and Hispanic communities.

Aside from her work with the arts community, Rubial Rivera was a former clinic administrator for Denver Health and assisted in the launchh of. the Tepeyac Community Health Center.

The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is asking for feedback from residents and community members on the potential naming. As per the Parks Naming Policy, there is a 90-day assessment period, during which the board seeks support, opposition, or alternative proposals. 

Anyone interested in providing feedback is asked to attend their meeting on Feb. 8 or March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Those who cannot attend the meetings in-person can participate remotely, or provide feedback via email by contacting Christie Chambers at 303.280.7821 or cchambers@northglenn.org.