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Be a part of #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow May 5, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic has put our 2020 WaterFire season on hold, we remain committed as ever to creating relevant and important art. Frankly, this has been a tough way to celebrate WaterFire’s first 25 years, but we are determined, resilient and excited about how our talented and dedicated team is adjusting and continuing to create meaningful art like the WaterFire Beacon of Hope, a dynamic installation that honors Rhode Island lives lost to COVID-19, and #StayHomeWaterFire, our first virtual event that gathered 15,000 online viewers for “the largest and greatest co-created art experience in the history of humankind.”

WaterFire needs your help today. Here are several ways you can make a difference.

Show your support for the WaterFire Providence creative services team who deliver our popular Daily Art Connection email and unDistancing Resources.

GivingTuesdayNOW $35 Donation

Add your hope, dedication or remembrance to the WaterFire Beacon of Hope webpage

GivingTuesdayNOW $50 Donation

Show your support for the WaterFire Providence events and volunteer management team who produce the live stream for a #StayHomeWaterFire.

GivingTuesdayNOW $100 Donation

Contribute your “Light to the Night” by adding a star to the WaterFire Beacon of Hope installation. You will receive a photo of the installation marking your star.

GivingTuesdayNOW $1000 Donation

Show your support for the WaterFire Providence staff by sponsoring the WaterFire Beacon of Hope luminaria ceremony for one evening in the WaterFire Arts Center. Opportunity to participate in the ceremony with artist Barnaby Evans for up to 2 people.

GivingTuesdayNOW $2500 Donation

Show your support for the WaterFire Providence staff as a matching donor for a new, innovative and fun online WaterFire experience.

Your support is a critical investment in WaterFire Providence and the meaningful creative, cultural and economic impacts created annually for the past 25 years.

Each year nearly 1 million people come to downtown Providence to experience WaterFire spending over $114,000,000 to the local economy, generating over $9,000,000 of direct tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supporting 1,294 jobs for community residents, helping make Providence and Rhode Island an international cultural tourism destination and strengthening the Creative Capital and State for the Arts respective brands.

MAY 5, 2020


#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.


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Over the last 10+ years, alongside some incredible co-workers and volunteers, I've worked to build the organization that WaterFire Providence is today. As Director of Creative Services, my team and I work on visual communications, graphic design, the visitor experience, merchandising as well as project management for programming at the WaterFire Arts Center. Being a part of the 'Rhode Island' experience for tens of thousands of people is incredible and I have an intense pride in place for both Downtown Providence and the Valley neighborhood.

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