The Rooms is an innovative, culturally relevant institution that represents and showcases Newfoundland and Labrador to itself and to the world, and brings the wider world to its doorstep.
The Mandate of The Rooms, as outlined in The Rooms Act, are to:
- collect, preserve, present and make available for research the historic artifacts, natural history specimens and archival records that represent and illustrate the natural heritage of the Province;
- conduct research with respect to the history, natural history, culture and heritage of the Province;
- collect and present provincial, national and international contemporary and historic art;
- advance and promote the works of contemporary visual artists of the Province;
- support the development of cultural industries in the Province;
- strengthen the culture of the Province; and
- provide and enhance client services and partnerships to promote the cultural collections of the Province and to show other national and international collections.
As a public institution accountable to the Government and people of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Rooms must provide great value to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The care, exhibition, and access to the priceless artifacts, artworks and documents belonging to the people of the Province; outreach beyond St. John’s; and, the focus on educational programming to deepen the pride and identity of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, together form the foundation of The Rooms’ Mission Statement.
Mission Statement (2011-17)
By March 31, 2017, The Rooms will have further engaged the public through thought-provoking exhibits and programs which will reflect the interests, aspirations and concerns of the people of our Province.
Read The Rooms Strategic Plan.
The Rooms Corporation is a provincial crown corporation governed by a Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tom Foran, Chair
Lisa Browne, Vice Chair
Jeff Pardy, Treasurer
Ted Lomond, Department Representative
“We live at a time in which the internet and digital media are eroding many cultures. The culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, however, remains uniquely strong. As our economy grows and attracts investment, it becomes even more important to understand our shared past in order to know who we are and, more importantly, who we want to become.”
- Dean Brinton is the Chief Executive Officer of The Rooms Corporation.