History of RCA

The Resource Centre for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and presentation of performing art and artists of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Founded almost forty years ago, the Resource Centre for the Arts operates out of the Longshoremen's' Protective Union (LSPU) Hall, a registered heritage building in the heart of downtown St. John's. 

"The Hall,"as we affectionately call it, is the heart and soul of the arts community of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a community-based organization, governed by an elected Board of Directors, most of who are professional artists, arts administrators, and professionals from the broader social and economic community. 

Resource Centre for the Arts is the umbrella organization for; RCA Theatre Company (RCAT), and the LSPU Hall."The Hall" is a hot spot of cultural activity. It produces and creates indigenous artistic works. The Hall also provides space for artists, and many other groups and individuals, through its rental program. Our Main Stage Theatre and Second Space are booked for dance festivals, awards events, sound symposia, film festivals, live web-casts, CD launches, readings, concerts, plays, workshops, children's theatre, and forums for discussing cultural values.

The Resource Centre for the Arts is just that - a resource centre for our province’s artists. Many of the individuals RCA has supported over the years have gone on to become international ambassadors for the arts and culture of Canada as well as Newfoundland and Labrador - artists such as Mary Walsh, Gordon Pinsent, Rick Mercer, Andy Jones, Cathy Jones, Tommy Sexton, Berni Stapleton, Ed Riche, Ron Hynes, and Bob Joy - to name a few. The list of those fostered through the existence of RCA goes on, and our goal is to add many names to it for years to come.