I am Bess Butterworth and I am the Development Associate here at WaterFire. I have worked with my colleagues on the development team since July of 2019. I just celebrated my work anniversary! I focus on grant writing and individual giving and advancing programs in order to fund our mission. My favorite part about working at WaterFire is knowing that my work directly impacts the economic vitality of Providence by creating jobs, filling hotel rooms and restaurants and bringing a million people to the streets of downtown each year for a shared experience that brings us all closer.
I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.
What do you do at WaterFire?
I am currently a part of the Development Team where I work with our other team members to help fundraise, work with our corporate sponsors, as well as interacting with board members and donors. I also previously managed the WaterFire Arts Center and am currently working with another team member to transition out of that role.
Created as a reinvention of both theatre and audience to assure safety in the COVID-19 era, the event happens over 14 days August 9-22, and featuring dozens of performance artists in outdoor performances across 15 acres of a restored locomotive factory. The Wilbury Theatre Group and WaterFire Providence announce Decameron, Providence: New Stories… Read More »Decameron, Providence: New Stories for a New Era
Connections Live Where We Make Them During this time of crisis, we created a program of daily emails to inspire and connect our community. Sharing inspirational quotes, WaterFire stories, and unDistancing Resources from arts/culture organizations as well as economic relief programs and opportunities for our followers to boost our local… Read More »WaterFire’s 100 Days of Inspiration and Connection
Introducing WaterFire Staff Stories Welcome to the new email series from WaterFire Providence. Each week we will bring you stories of WaterFire from the perspective of our staff members. This series will feature short videos produced by each team member and they will be sharing stories and facts about our… Read More »WaterFire Staff Stories: Tim Blankenship
WaterFire Arts Center and WaterFire Store open Wednesdays through Saturdays during Phase II of the Rhode Island Reopening Plan 7/15/20 UPDATE: Additional evening viewing hours added until the installation closure on Friday, July 31. Hours listed here. WaterFire Providence announces that effective Wednesday, June 24, the WaterFire Arts Center will… Read More »WaterFire Beacon of Hope Art Installation Open for Public Viewing
Highlights from The Second #StayHomeWaterFire The Second #StayHomeWaterFire Celebrating Educators, Students, and Parents Friday, June 12, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.LIVE on the Internet See the video from The First #StayHomeWaterFire.
WaterFire Providence is pleased to present this guest post by Ashley Rappa written for Leadership Rhode Island’s Leadership, Virtually initiative. What is the weight of a human soul? If you were to hold one in your hand, would it feel heavy with life lost, or would it seem to float,… Read More »Reimagining Ritual: Spiritual Leaders Bring Light into the Darkness – A reflection by Ashley Rappa
EPISODE 1 is now available.
Hello everyone, As an arts organization with a mission to bring people together in a safe and inspiring way, the welfare of our community is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, in cooperation with our event producers, we are postponing and rescheduling events at the WaterFire Arts Center… Read More »The welfare of the community is top priority, as we all navigate COVID-19