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Parsons Wall Gallery Re-Named After Ruibal Rivera

Lucille Ruibal Rivera was a champion for arts and inclusion in Northglenn. For her efforts, the art wall next to the Parsons Theatre is now the “Lucille Ruibal Rivera Gallery.”

Council unanimously approved the change at its May 13 meeting.

Council Member Jay Jaramillo worked with Lucille for a time at the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC).

“Lucille truly made a big difference in our community,” he said. “Her legacy will live on in the art that she advocated for.”

As a board member on the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation (NAHF) and member of the Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Equity (DISE) Board, Lucille played a
crucial role in promoting inclusivity. She facilitated collaboration between Northglenn Arts and CHAC, and curated a space that provided extraordinary experiences for residents and visitors to the Parsons Theatre. She was committed to a broad spectrum of art, including works representing the LGBTQIA+ community, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, street art, and the creations of the late Stevon Lucero.

“It’s a testament to the power of art, community, and the enduring spirit of a woman who believed in the potential of every individual to create something beautiful and meaningful,” wrote True Apodaca, Ruibal Rivera’s son. “To name this space after Lucille is to recognize that art and community are inseparable, and to honor the role of art as a catalyst for change, understanding and unity.”

The public had 90 days to support or oppose the measure, including three Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings. The NAHF submitted a proposal for the change in December after Rivera passed away last winter and supported the initiative through the entire process.