Small Gallery, Big Changes
The cool thing about working at a small nonprofit is that there is SO much room to grow. The Blue was born in 1966 under the title of Roseville Community Projects Incorporated. Through the efforts of board members, volunteers, and donors, the organization grew exponentially from its first exhibition at an old Bank of America. Eventually, they were able to buy the Haman House to house the Roseville Arts Center. Upon outgrowing that property, they moved to the current gallery space on Vernon Street. Somewhere along the way, they decided that "Roseville Community Projects Incorporated" wasn't a sexy name for an organization that was trying to promote a hip and happening art scene, so eventually they changed it to Blue Line Arts, after the "blue line" gas line that runs beneath the property.
Even in the year that I've been around, the gallery has gone through massive changes. We've started up tons of new programs (Art at Work, Art Walk, Artist 2 Artist... etc), installed an online store, and totally revamped the back office. We've beautified the city with murals, installed better lighting and a new projector for artist lectures, and received a lot of grant funding so that we can do even more in the upcoming year.
Working at the Blue Line is so rewarding because we're constantly in a state of metamorphosis. It can be challenging to juggle all of the new technology and processes and programs that we're integrating, but it's so worth the trouble. It feels so good to see the noticeable improvements that even interns can make at such a small organization.