Discover the Sights & Sounds of WaterFire

Whether you are discovering WaterFire for the first time or stopping by to remember your WaterFire experience you will find a plethora of ways to relive the magic on our various social media channels. From video to photos and storytelling you find it here.

Don’t forget you can create new experiences by attending upcoming WaterFire lighting or events at the WaterFire Arts Center. Check out our Facebook pages for WaterFire Providence and the WaterFire Arts Center to keep abreast of the latest developments.

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Congratulations Governor McKee! We look forward to working with you to move Rhode Island forward safely.

Congratulations to our new Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo! We know she will make Lil' Rhody proud.

Seen here in 2016 as she literally passed the torch to Lt. Governor Dan McKee at the Inauguration Celebration #WaterFire lighting.

Photograph by John Nickerson.

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It's Election Day Rhode Islanders! Polls are open until 8:00 p.m.⁠

We support voting YES on Question 6, which will authorize $7 million in bonds to be spent on improvements to art and cultural facilities in Rhode Island.⁠

These bonds are sound investments in the state’s vibrant arts & cultural community – a community that has served as an economic engine for Rhode Island for many years, and is currently in need of support due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 crisis.⁠

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Evening hours tonight! It’s the last Thursday of the Howard Ben Tré exhibition and we’re keeping the doors open til 8pm for you to see the exhibit lit after sunset.

Keep an eye out for future Thursday evening hours. 🌌🌠 We are proud members again this year of @gallerynightprovidence which takes place the third Thursday of *almost* every month (March - November). Right now there’s a mix of virtual and in-person Gallery Night experiences.

Photograph by @matthewtwhuangphotography, @waterfirephotogs volunteer

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The films within the exhibit were produced during many of Howard Ben Tré’s public works projects; they allow visitors to hear from Howard himself as he reflects on several projects. In the Visitor Center the film on loop is from NetWorks Rhode Island, a series of brief video portraits of over one hundred Rhode Island artists.

Also in the VC Gallery, a set of works on paper on loan for the exhibit from the Collection of Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

Videography by Jon Waugh.

6 days left to see the exhibit.
WFAC Hours: Wed-Sun, 10-5pm

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Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, 2/28) visit the WFAC for a collaborative art experience created by @balliamodancecollective among the Howard Ben Tré exhibit! Limited entry, for COVID safety, showings at 3:30pm and again at 4:40pm. Free admissions donations encouraged.⁠

Directed and envisioned by @balliamodancecollective creative director @annamaurasilverblatt. Dance performance will feature the poetry of @thencredibull and music of @bigluxviolin. Dancers: @meowwcanihelpyou, @lenoxavenue827, @caroline_loretta, Nancy Reed ⁠

“In the early '90s, when I was president of Providence Dance Alliance, I initiated a program for local dance artists and companies to perform in the main gallery of the RISD museum each last Sunday of the month. The experience was a magical synthesis of two art forms – dance and visual art.⁠

I am delighted that the WaterFire Art Center asked me as artistic director of Balliamo Dance Collective to have the company perform as part of their current exhibit: 'Private Visions, Public Ideals, the Legacy of Howard Ben Tré'. I initially met with the dancers at the exhibit to view the works and discuss ideas for improvised pieces. "From that exploration, I developed four different segments which will demonstrate the artistic talents of the dancers. Accompanying the performers with his own improvisations will be Kevin 'Big Lux' Lowther on the violin. We will also have the pleasure of presenting the noted poet, Christopher Johnson, who will share two of his works.” ⁠

-Annamaura Silverblatt, Creative Director of Balliamo Dance Collective⁠


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One year ago today we lost a beloved woman, friend and WaterFire volunteer 🧡

Cheryl Dimarzio was a WaterFire volunteer for 15 years, her dedication to our community, and to the larger Rhode Island community, was truly admirable. She was a part of the volunteer family and will always be a part of it. WaterFire has lost a kind, dedicated, sweet soul.

Cheryl was always out and about, whether it was a walk in the park, trip to the zoo, checking out an outdoor concert or festival, she seemed to always be out in the community exploring.

Cheryl was known to be one of the first people new volunteers would interact with. She was always welcoming newcomers with open arms. She shared her knowledge and experience with others. That is the kind of person Cheryl was. She wanted the best for everyone and everyone wanted the best for her.

Cheryl will always be remembered by the community and will be at all WaterFire Lightings in spirit.

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Hi! My name is Madi McCauley and I am from Marshfield, MA. I am currently  a sophomore at Roger Williams University majoring in Business Management. I am very excited to say that I am a new Volunteer and Event Management intern with WaterFire and can’t wait to contribute and learn as much as possible! ...

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W for Welcoming!
WaterFire is not only a nonprofit organization looking to creatively transform the city of Providence, but also one of the most welcoming communities of volunteers you can find. Hundreds of volunteers from all different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities donate thousands of hours every year to light up the spirits of Rhode Island. Although 2020 and 2021 have been unprecedented years for everyone, the Waterfire family has been committed to staying connected virtually and keeping the community informed about events we are trying to plan for the future!
#volunteer #providencerhodeisland #volunteerwaterfire

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A is for Artistic!
WaterFire volunteers have volunteered and contributed their time for many different projects and events using their own artistic ability to put together something magnificent. They have helped in several ways from our art markets, art performances, sewing projects, downtown lighting events and so much more to bring art to the community. WaterFire Providence has been a means of artistic production for many people to express themselves in a variety of different ways. One definition for the word artistic is having natural creative skill, that is something our volunteers have been able to display in every event we host. Being creative and artistic is what makes the WaterFire organization so special.
#volunteer #waterfire #artistic #creative #community

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