A special dedication in memory of President Donald Farish of Roger Williams University
WaterFire and its Board of Directors are dedicating this Saturday’s lighting of WaterFire to honor President Donald Farish of Roger Williams University for his inspiring leadership and his transformative impact on our community and our nation. President Farish loved the University, its students, and the challenges he faced in building the institution. He was an articulate and active national spokesman for the importance of higher education and the necessity of keeping college both relevant and affordable. Under Farish’s leadership, the University flourished and expanded; enlarging its spheres of engagement in many directions.
WaterFire was honored to join Roger Williams University for its expansion into Providence and the 20th anniversary of the Law School with a special lighting of WaterFire in 2013. Don Farish and his wife Maia set the fires alight in the spirit of recognizing the inspiring power of enlightenment, reason, and education. Later we hosted over one hundred community design projects developed by Roger Williams students at the just-opened WaterFire Arts Center. I was particularly moved and honored to give the 2016 commencement address when I was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. President Farish’s delight in seeing each student step forth into a bright new life was felt wonderfully by all of us that day.
President Farish’s leadership, inspiring words, and innovations in teaching at Roger Williams will bring light and engagement to generations still to come. His example of careful, thoughtful, and polite civic engagement inspired leaders and the community to work together to accomplish much and is a perfect example of leadership at its finest. We will long remember President Farish and his accomplishments. We can perhaps best honor him, by seeing his as an example of the leadership we must exhibit all across this country. There is still much to accomplish.
This weekend’s sponsor, Fidelity Investments, wished to join us in this dedication with Rick Metters, V.P. of RI Regional Public Affairs and Corporate Community Relations, adding, “Fidelity Investments offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and all of those whose lives were impacted by the important work of President Donald Farish. His commitment to excellence in education, college affordability, and equity, as well as the deep bonds he forged with the community, positioned Roger Williams University as a vital and integral institution in Rhode Island. He will be greatly missed, but his words, work, and wisdom will continue to inspire us all for decades to come.”
– Barnaby Evans, Exec. Artistic Director
July 14th, 2018 – Full Lighting
Sunset: 8:20 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
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.
WaterFire Providence welcomes back long-time sponsor Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments & WaterFire are celebrating their 16-year partnership with Japanese origami cranes hand-folded by Fidelity employees. “These cranes are a symbol of peace, fidelity, and longevity,” said Rick Metters, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. Be sure to visit the Fidelity Crane Tent to learn how to make your own origami crane. Fidelity’s Crane Tent will be located in Memorial Park close to the corner of College Street and South Main Street.
The National Association of College & University Food Services is holding their national conference in Providence from July 11th through the 14th. As the first association in the U.S solely focused on foodservice in colleges and universities 2018 marks the 60th anniversary for NACUFS. “NACUFS is sponsoring this WaterFire lighting in celebration of its rich 60-year history and for all the possibilities the future holds. NACUFS 2018 National Conference attendees will not want to miss this ceremonial closing event!” says Melissa Aldrich, CMP, MSA, Director of Meetings & Tradeshow.
WaterFire Walking Tour – Before the Fires are Lit!
Take a walking tour with one of our knowledgeable staff and volunteers to get an inside look into the history, theory of design and management of WaterFire. Get the inside story of WaterFire with two exciting walking tours that begin at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. This reservation only tour allows those who want to learn the ins, outs, and background of the magic of WaterFire. For a donation of $10 registrants will walk the length of the canal with a tour guide and land at the basin just in time for lighting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information.
- Tickets are still available for the 4:30 p.m. tour. Sign up now!
- The 7:00 p.m. WaterFire Walking Tour is currently FULL.
- See a complete list of upcoming WaterFire Walking Tours.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, returns to Washington Street and Steeple Street for the 2018 WaterFire Providence season. The Arts Festival Plaza and will be active from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. This outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase an artwork by Rhode Island-based artists.
Visit the WaterFire Marketplace on Canal Street and help light up Providence. Support WaterFire with a donation or a purchase of locally designed apparel, glassware, books, and gifts. Pin where you are from on Map Center’s maps and watch glass blowing demonstrations by Gather Glass. Stop by the DipJar Tent at the WaterFire Marketplace on Canal Street – with every dip there’s a chance to win an exclusive WaterFire opportunity (plus other prizes!).
Live Music returns to WaterFire on Steeple Street
The Steeple Street Unplugged Stage returns with another night of live local music during WaterFire. Bernard John will be performing a mix of folk and rock in two sets on Steeple Street between 7:20 – 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 -10:45 p.m. The Trinity Brewhouse beer tent also returns to Steeple Street for this lighting.
Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:
Women Who Draw at the RISD ISB Gallery
June 13 – July 14th
The ISB Gallery proudly presents an exhibit of artwork by artist-members of the community and online database Women Who Draw. Founded in 2016, Women Who Draw showcases the work of approximately 5,000 talented female, trans, and non-binary professional illustrators, artists, and cartoonists from all over the world, and highlights illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other less visible groups. Women Who Draw aims to introduce more diverse voices and visuals into mainstream publications and build a stronger, more engaged community of professional, working artists.
Open late for WaterFire on 6/30 & 7/14 from 5 – 10 p.m.
The ISB Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space that celebrates figurative art and illustration. Curated and underwritten by the Rhode Island School of Design, the space highlights professional artists from early June through RISD Weekend on Columbus Day. During school semesters, the gallery hosts a mix of student or curriculum-related exhibitions.
Housed in the Illustration Studies Building at 55 Canal Walk in the heart of downtown Providence, ISB Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 12-5, and late for WaterFire events throughout the summer. For more information email: Illustration@risd.edu o
Visit Starry, Starry Night
The Starry, Starry Night Installation will shine brightly in Memorial Park. Join thousands of WaterFire visitors in Memorial Park where the public is encouraged to add their own light to the night. For a small donation to WaterFire, make a wish upon a star, or make a dedication with a luminaria candle lantern in the park. The park will be aglow with hanging blue stars and a constellation of twinkling luminaria candle lanterns below.
WaterFire’s favorite characters and attractions are back!
Mime artist Michael Grando will return again for this event. Be sure to catch Michael, in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.
Origami Master Andrew Anselmo will delight crowds of all ages near the RISD auditorium.
Sidewalk Astronomy will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the stars and planets in the sky. Stop by their learning lab on the riverwalk near College Street.
Charge up with National Grid
Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on College Street and Steeple Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.
Step back through history at the Governor Stephen Hopkins House
Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street). They are open for tours: Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. and April through November on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & until 10:00 p.m., when they fall on a full WaterFire lighting (the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m.).
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The museum is also open by appointment, for which there may be a modest admission charge. Please email email@example.com to make an appointment.