Illuminating Rhode Island
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All of us will remember Michael at WaterFire and while we will miss his presence, we will work to continue his mission. Michael reached out to us all to share his gift of a red carnation to encourage each of us to reach forth and to grab the beauty of the world as we step into the bounty of life.
At the very start of 2023, we launched the pilot year of a completely new program: ArtLab@WaterFire. This paid educational and workforce development program works with BIPOC young men from…
Fire tenders add wood to a brazier at WaterFire. Photograph by Tom Backman. When I volunteered at WaterFire for the first time, I had no idea what I was getting…
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WaterFire has literally and figuratively illuminated Rhode Island for nearly three decades. Every season, around a million visitors flock to the state to experience this incredible public art installation. One small non-profit organization has transformed our city and state in incredible ways, but we cannot do it alone.
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Video credits: Fire dancer Spogga has been performing at WaterFire events for many years. He is also a talented musician who currently lives and works in New Orleans. Storyteller Len Cabral is shown during his appearance at our Rosa Parks House Project exhibition. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon was the centerpiece of our To the Moon and Beyond: Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing exhibition.