The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has relaunched its quarterly magazine (at one time called Rotunda) with a whole new look provided by the Toronto design firm Hambly & Woolley Inc. and new sections and features that explore latest acquisitions, stories about international curators, and interdisciplinary opinions on the latest buzz in arts and culture.
“ROM magazine has always been full of fascinating content that reflects our dual mandates of world cultures and natural history,” said William Thorsell, Director & CEO of the ROM. “The new magazine offers this content in a more contemporary and engaging way to truly convey the depth of the ROM experience. It is also a tangible example of how the ROM is engaging the world."Among the new contributors under the direction of Victoria Littler, executive editor of ROM, are Mark Kingwell, a philosopher and writer and James Chatto, one of Canada's best known food writers.
“It was our aim to produce a publication with a bolder look that better highlighted the passion and knowledge of our curators,” explained Littler. “We’ve also revamped our kids page, and developed a new section specifically for members, which provides information on the latest membership offers and various ways to support the ROM.”The magazine is funded in part by a bequest from the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
“We are proud to have received the largest bequest ever made to a Canadian cultural institution,” said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, President and Executive Director of the ROM Governors Office. “Our goal is always to honour the life and legacy of our donors in a meaningful and enduring fashion.”