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Building for the Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center

A video series supported by TRAC Builders, Inc. exploring the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters shines light on the Valley neighborhood’s latest cultural institution

WaterFire Providence is proud to announce a new video series detailing the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters, The WaterFire Arts Center.

WaterFire Providence is taking a big step as an organization and moving from its temporary offices into a permanent home. The WaterFire Arts Center, a renovated historic industrial building, will create a solid foundation for the future of WaterFire Providence by facilitating the production of its signature events and drawing its footprint from across the city into a single location. The WaterFire Arts Center expands WaterFire Providence’s abilities beyond the artistic installation by also creating an artistic venue, an education center, and a repository of creative placemaking information that will be accessible to people across the globe and particularly to the residents of the Valley neighborhood.

Building our Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center is supported by TRAC Builders Inc., a Valley neighborhood located general contracting and construction management firm. TRAC Builders is overseeing the project and shepherding it to completion. TRAC builders is committed to the community they serve, and that mission combined with a  twenty year history in the industry have made them excellent partners in making The WaterFire Arts Center a reality. The chance to work on such a high impact and local project has TRAC Builders founder, Chief Executive Officer and President William Tracey saying:

“Our partnership with Waterfire Providence has unlocked an energy that we hope will be a boon to Providence. The Waterfire Arts center will be an artistic, innovative, and cultural destination. We are grateful to be a part of this project and excited to see how our neighborhood and Providence transform together.”

Peter A. Mello, Managing Director of WaterFire Providence, recognizes the impact the new building will have on the organization and the community, and feels passionately about sharing the story of the building with the world. Speaking about the building and the video series, Peter has said

“We are really looking forward to sharing our experiences about the construction of WaterFire Arts Center and telling our organization’s story in a weekly web video series, ‘Building for the Future.’ Over the past 20 years, tens of millions of visitors have come to Providence from all over the world to experience WaterFire. Now they, and Rhode Islanders, will have the opportunity to learn more about our nonprofit and, ultimately, visit one of the most unique art centers in the country.”

Building our Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center will be viewable through WaterFire Providence’s Facebook page on Vimeo, on YouTube, and on instagram by following @waterfireprov.

All episodes and additional information about The WaterFire Arts Center and the future of WaterFire Providence is available on the website.

Established in 1995, TRAC Builders, Inc., is a general contracting and construction management firm that provides professional services to a variety of commercial clients throughout New England. For more information about TRAC Builders Inc., please visit

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I have been working with WaterFire since 2013, when I started as an intern in the media department. Since then, I have been proud to curate the music on event days, and create the video marketing materials and records that WaterFire fans enjoy. In my free time I enjoy mountaineering and nature exploration, and on rainy days I have been trying to wrap my head around computer coding. You can visit my website at for my solo creative work.

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