WHO WE ARE

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a member-based organization that works to maximize the artistic and economic potential of the craft community of the province.

Formed in 1972 as the Newfoundland & Labrador Craft Development Association, the Craft Council takes its role as a development association as the crucial focus of its operations. The Council supports and promotes a high standard of excellence in craft production and service to members and the general public.

Programs and services are varied, and include work in the area of marketing, exhibition, product development, government funding support and advocacy, training and communications. As part of our member-driven mandate, we operate a craft shop, gallery, and clay studio.

Province-wide, the Council's members number close to 300, including craft makers, educators, agents and resource people. Through its regular e-bulletins, the Craft Council regularly reaches a spectrum of crafts people that ranges from producers of functional craft to makers of craft-based art.

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a voluntary, charitable organization and a member of the Canadian Crafts Federation. A professional staff supports the Board of Directors and numerous standing committees in the management of the Council's operations.

OUR MISSION

To advance and promote excellence in craft for the cultural and economic benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador by ensuring a strong and supportive craft community and by playing a leadership role in the growth of a thriving craft industry.

PROUD MEMBERS and/or partners OF...

Partnerships

  • Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art and Design: Executive Director, Rowena House sits on this Board and continues to contribute to strength and expansion of programming.
  • Craft Alliance: A Pan-Atlantic Trade Association representing the Craft Sector in Atlantic Canada. The Alliance is made up of craft councils and guilds, craft media organizations and other craft-related industry, educational or government organizations, who express interest in supporting the objectives of the Alliance. The Executive Director sits on this board as a director.
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA): Government agency that works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive; working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies; and championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. The Craft Council works with ACOA to implement goals for the craft sector strategy.
  • Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII): Our Provincial government Craft Sector partner. Together we establish goals that allow for a diverse and sustainable craft economy.
  • Community Sector Council Strategy Group: Executive Director Rowena House sits on this group in preparation of the new community sector action plan.
  • Quidi Vidi Village Plantation: Craft Council Treasurer, Deborah Newhook and Executive Director, Rowena House both sit on the steering committee for this critically important project.
  • Destination Downtown Partnership Advisory Group: Shannon Reid sits on this group that works on ways to help increase the traffic and activities happening in the downtown core.
  • Canadian Crafts Federation (CCF): This national body is the facilitating group for joint national projects, including Craft Year 2020. Katie Parnham is the current CCNL representative to the CCF Board.  Rowena House is the alternate.
  • Northern Lights Cultural Committee: Rowena House sits as the Chair of this committee that helps organize the cultural aspect of the Showcase on a bi-annual basis.
  • While the Craft Council does not play an official board or management role in the following organizations, partnerships have been developed with: