For over 50 years, Blue Line Arts (formerly known as Roseville Arts - Blue Line Gallery) has been a valuable, active community resource, providing arts education programs, arts scholarships, gallery exhibitions, competitions, tours, school field trips, and community events in the City of Roseville's downtown corridor. With the development of Blue Line Arts, the destination has become an attraction for the region and an anchor in downtown. Our small yet mighty team delivers culturally diverse and relevant contemporary art exhibitions, educational arts opportunities, and community-based public art projects . We promote arts development, collaborating with other arts organizations while strengthening the creative sector for long term sustainability, cultural experiences, and life-long learning.
In 2015, Blue Line Arts acquired the Arts & Business Council of the Sacramento Region through Americans for the Arts. The new program provides professional development programming for artists and arts organizations with goals to strengthen the arts sector for sustainability and economic development. As the home of the Sacramento Region's Arts & Business Council, Blue Line Arts hosted the 2017 Prelude to the Season and the 2018 Arts Awards Gala, raising funds for the Gloria Burt Fellowship in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The Gloria Burt Fellowship's inaugural award was $10,000, awarded to an artist to pursue a project in partnership with a local business.
Under new leadership since 2018, our organization has expanded art program offerings for all ages, including our year round youth and adult education programs, Tour Talk & Create program for K-12 students, our Veterans in the Arts programming, and a new foray into public art commissions.
A Brief History:
1964: Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) - under the name Roseville Community Projects
1974: Purchased Victorian 'Haman House'
1989: Purchased property - raised $300,000 to develop outdoor performing arts pavilion and community events site
2001: Completed a Children's Gallery
2003: Through a capital campaign, developed a long-term lease with the City of Roseville to create a downtown destination gallery
2008: Grand opening of Roseville Arts - Blue Line Gallery, a 5,500 sq. ft. gem of an exhibition venue featuring five internal gallery spaces
2011: Began partnering with the Placer Community Foundation to host the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residency and Teaching program, housing world-renowned artists to educate college educators, students, and children
2012: Formed partnership with the Kingsley Art Club and the Crocker Art Museum and became the host of the biennial Crocker-Kingsley art competition
2013: Rebranded as Blue Line Arts, increased youth scholarships, and featured inaugural music programming
2015: Acquired the Arts & Business Council of the Sacramento Region, serving the six county region through professional development for artists and arts organizations, and administering regional arts awards through the Gloria Burt Artist Fellowship.
2018: Launched a pilot program for women veterans, marking the start of our ongoing Veterans in the Arts and art therapy programming.
2019: Launched the first Roseville Mural Project, marking the beginning of our organization's involvement in public art programming.
2020: Re-branded the Arts & Business Council of the Sacramento Region as the Sacramento Alliance for Regional Arts, moving it out from under the Blue Line umbrella into an independent nonprofit led by regional arts professionals in order to raise awareness and support for artists and arts organizations in the region.
In 2020, our organization adopted the following formal equity policy:
To support a full creative life for all, Blue Line Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive and equitable nation.
Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.
We acknowledge that:
-In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
-Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.
-We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
-Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
-The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…
-Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
-Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.
-Commit time and resources to cultivate more diverse perspectives within the organization.
To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to:
-Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.
-Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress towards cultural equity more visible.
-Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes cultural equity.