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 Rooms mandate is outlined in The Rooms Act under Section 4, Objects of the Corporation as follows:
(ROOMS ACT, 2016)
(a) collect, preserve, present, exhibit and make available for research the historic artifacts, natural history specimens and archival records that represent and illustrate the significant history, culture and natural heritage of the province;
(b) conduct research with respect to the history, natural history, culture and heritage of the province for the purpose of paragraph (a);
(c) collect and present provincial, national and international contemporary and historic art;
(d) advance and promote the works of contemporary visual artists of the province;
(e) support the development of cultural industries in the province;
(f) strengthen the culture of the province;
(g) develop and conduct programs and events that represent and illustrate the significant history, culture and heritage of the province; and
(h) provide and enhance client services and partnerships to promote the cultural collections of the province and to show other national and international collections.
Read The Rooms Strategic Plan.
In June of 2017, The Rooms completed a Public Consultation after seeking feedback and opinion from the community at large. Click here to see the results.
The Rooms Corporation is a provincial crown corporation governed by a Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Margaret Allan - Chair of the Board
Earl Ludlow - Vice Chair of the Board
Jeff Pardy - Treasurer
Carmela Murphy - Government 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.
As part of our ongoing community outreach, The Rooms engaged with its stakeholders, including the general public, on December 12, 2017. Find the results here. (click link to download pdf file)