Welcoming Ms. Wheelchair Rhode Island

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Community, Fundraisers | No Comments
Welcoming Ms. Wheelchair Rhode Island

As part of our campaign to help keep WaterFire’s Access Program Afloat we were honored to have 2018 Ms. Wheelchair Rhode Island, Tina Pedersen, visit us at the WaterFire Arts Center last week to talk about accessibility and the WaterFire Access Program. The last time Tina visited WaterFire, she was a torch-bearer at our Flames of Hope…

Celebrating Rosa Parks

Celebrating Rosa Parks

Celebrating Rosa Parks featuring Ryan Mendoza‘s “Rosa Parks House Project” Join us Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM for a concert and celebration gathering as well as community and panel discussions throughout the day. WaterFire Arts Center 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI The WaterFire Arts Center will also be open on Easter Sunday…

WaterFire Providence Statement About Brown’s Exhibition Cancellation

WaterFire Providence Statement About Brown’s Exhibition Cancellation

Regarding the planned exhibition of artist Ryan Mendoza’s “2672 South Deacon” at the WaterFire Arts Center. PROVIDENCE, RI (09 February 2018) – Brown University’s withdrawal from our partnership exhibiting artist Ryan Mendoza’s “2672 South Deacon” has not changed our passion regarding the importance of the work. The art installation includes a house of refuge for…

Celebrating the Women Who Ignite Providence

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in WaterFire Providence | No Comments
Celebrating the Women Who Ignite Providence

Here at WaterFire Providence, we believe that representation and diversity are two of the pillars that bind a community together and through each WaterFire lighting we celebrate the renewal of those bonds.  Today is International Woman’s day so we wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of the many strong female contributors who help keep…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Rookie of the Year, Kou Nyan started volunteering for WaterFire in 2017. How did you begin your journey with WaterFire? My journey with WaterFire began with a leap of faith. I was unemployed and knew I had to do something. So I prayed to God, volunteerism dropped in my spirit and the rest is history.…

Volunteering with United Way for Toys for Tots

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Community, Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteering with United Way for Toys for Tots

A big thank you to Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, and United Way of Rhode Island for providing a wonderful volunteer experience! The WaterFire Providence team spent this morning bringing holiday cheer to local families in need. Inside the awe-inspiring hall of the Cranston Street Armory, we joined with other volunteers and sorted hundreds of…

November 4th, 2017 – WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 16 Comments
November 4th, 2017 – WaterFire Salute to Veterans

Walmart, Amazon Studios and LAST FLAG FLYING, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, Bank of America, Dominion Energy, Chase Canopy, the Providence VA Medical Center, and many other generous sponsors help WaterFire to honor Veterans across Southern New England Things to see: The WaterFire Salute to Veterans event is a collaborative, community-wide celebration whose mission is to honor and recognize all United…

Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Volunteering | No Comments
Volunteer Spotlight: Fern Rouleau

If you’ve ever managed to snag a position on the basin, It’s likely you’ve seen the work of Captain Fern Rouleau, a staple of the WaterFire Volunteers who’s been with us since 1996. Since the very beginning, Fern was attracted to the event. Driving her own boat, Fern naturally gravitated to the fleet of boats…

Using light of WaterFire to symbolize wisdom, justice

Using light of WaterFire to symbolize wisdom, justice

On Sept. 3, in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, WaterFire invited the community to assemble at the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of equality, tolerance and justice. Let us remember that Roger Williams founded Providence in 1636 explicitly as a “shelter for persons distressed for conscience.”…

September 30th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 4 Comments
September 30th, 2017 – Full Lighting

Sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation The Illuminations of Life Torch Ceremony will begin on the Statehouse steps at sunset and the torches will arrive in Waterplace Park Basin approximately 60 minutes later. Half of the braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin will remain unlit until approximately an hour past sunset. At this time…