Tim Blankenship

I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

Burning braziers (Photograph by Luis Andrade)

Tech Night at WaterFire is happening on September 8th, 2018

Tech Night will be a part of the September 8th full lighting of WaterFire featuring a Tech Resource Fair on Steeple Street. Lead Founding Sponsor – Virgin Pulse  Founding Sponsors – Slater Technology Fund, eMoney Advisor, and Ximedica Contributing Sponsors – Bay Computer Associates, Bridge Technical Talent, LLC, IntraCity Geeks’ CareerDevs Academy, Tech Collective, and… Read More »Tech Night at WaterFire is happening on September 8th, 2018

August 25th, 2018 – Full Lighting

[one_half] Saturday, August 25th Full Lighting – Events Start at 6:00 p.m. Sunset: 7:31 pm Sponsored by the Providence Tourism CouncilMusic Program [/one_half] [one_half_last] [/one_half_last] All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Access Program Boat Dedication… Read More »August 25th, 2018 – Full Lighting

New WaterFire Access Program Boat Dedication to take place on August 25th, 2018

WaterFire is proud to announce the Access Program Boat Dedication on August 25th, which will be part of the lighting ceremony With the generous support of Lead Access Program Sponsor Bryant University, its Graduate, & Physician Assistant Programs, WaterFire board member Mark Scott and the help of WaterFire Access Boat… Read More »New WaterFire Access Program Boat Dedication to take place on August 25th, 2018

The Rosa Parks House Project at the WaterFire Arts Center

Ryan Mendoza’s The Rosa Parks House Project is an art installation that honors Rosa Parks and the struggles she faced due to her courageous leadership in the civil rights movement. The house speaks to issues of the centrality of family connection in the African American experience, of the Great Migration, of segregation, of redlining of faulty mortgages and… Read More »The Rosa Parks House Project at the WaterFire Arts Center

July 28th, 2018 – Full Lighting

C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C sponsored by GILEAD. WATERFIRE IS GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED! We are closely monitoring the forecast and expect the showers/storms to pass through well before the lighting begins at sunset. All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main… Read More »July 28th, 2018 – Full Lighting

Clear Currents paddlers in Waterplace Basin. Photo by Jen Bonin.

WaterFire salutes Narragansett Bay Commission for ten years of success in cleaning up the Bay!

This is the tenth anniversary of “the biggest project you’ll never see,” otherwise known as Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow Project (CSO). It’s been ten years since the Project went on-line and the results have been impressive — Phases I and II of the CSO have captured and treated… Read More »WaterFire salutes Narragansett Bay Commission for ten years of success in cleaning up the Bay!

July 14th, 2018 – Full Lighting

  A special dedication in memory of President Donald Farish of Roger Williams University This event is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments and NACUFS 2018 National Conference. July 14th, 2018 – Full Lighting Sunset: 8:20 p.m.The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.Music Program All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South… Read More »July 14th, 2018 – Full Lighting

June 30th, 2018 – Full Lighting

This event is being sponsored by Cox Business and Amica Insurance. [one_third] June 30th, 2018 – Full Lighting Sunset: 8:25 p.m. The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.Music Program [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last] All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting… Read More »June 30th, 2018 – Full Lighting

President and Prime Minister of Portugal Visit Providence for WaterFire and RI Day of Portugal Celebration

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 was certainly a momentous day in Providence, it was the final day of PVDFest and the second of two days of annual celebration of Portuguese heritage and history that comprises Rhode Island Day of Portugal. This day was the 41st RI Day of Portugal celebration and there… Read More »President and Prime Minister of Portugal Visit Providence for WaterFire and RI Day of Portugal Celebration