On February 1st, 1966, the Roseville Community Projects Incorporated (now Blue Line Arts) held its first outreach exhibit in an old Bank of America building in Downtown Roseville, directed by David Fiddyment, the first Board President. With the help of devoted board members, volunteers, and donors, the organization has grown over the years, still holding true to its original intent: to support the arts.
The Roseville Community Projects Incorporated bought the Haman House in 1974 to house the Roseville Arts Center. For the next 30 years, this center created exhibitions supporting visual and performing arts in the community. With the dramatic growth in Placer County at the turn of this new century, the Blue Line Arts board of directors recognized a need for change in order to successfully continue its mission. In 2003, the Board of Directors decided that the art center needed its own home in order to grow.
In February 2008, after selling its former facility and completing a successful capital campaign, the newly-dubbed Roseville Arts opened its new, state-of-the-art gallery, known now as Blue Line Arts. This new 5,000 square-foot facility allowed for exhibition space for established and emerging artists, as well as an education space for children and adults. The organization underwent yet another name change in February of 2013 to coincide with the 5 year anniversary of the creation of the new gallery; changing from “Blue Line Gallery” to “Blue Line Arts,” this change is not only to provide more opportunities to residents of Placer County, but it is also an effort to return to the original mission of the Roseville Arts Center.
Roseville’s best-known work of public art has a lesson for a growing, changing city
Public Art Competition at The Fountains
'Off Center' strikes a balance between past and present
Gold Country Media
Art Workshops for Veterans
Good Day Sacramento
Crocker-Kingsley competition brings bright light for local artists, friends
Art at Work: Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Blue Line Arts Provides Fine Arts Education
Gold Country Media
It's Time to Paint the Town!
Students Painting Large Mural in Roseville
Veteran Artists Featured at the Lohse
Free Art Programs for Female Veterans
Blue Line Arts is a regional cultural hub committed to fostering impactful arts experiences. Through exhibitions, educational programming, and public arts initiatives, we support a full creative life for all.
Board of Directors
Statement on Cultural Equity
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.
- 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.
Freedom of Speech Commitment
Freedom of speech is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The works in this institution’s exhibits may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, offend. We defend the freedom to create content and exhibit such work from anywhere in the world, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting, and experiencing such work is a constitutional right.
To exhibit a work of art is not to endorse the work or the vision, ideas, and opinions of the artist. It is to uphold the right of all to experience diverse visions and views. If and when controversies arise from the exhibition of a work of art, we welcome public discussion and debate with the belief that such discussion is integral to the experience of the art. Consistent with our fundamental commitment to freedom of speech, however, we will not censor exhibitions in response to political or ideological pressure.