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Dream Orbs in the Waterplace Park Basin at WaterFire. Photograph by Armin Kososki.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Kim Zoppo

Hi:) My name is Kim Zoppo and I have been working at WaterFire since May of 2019. I currently work on the Development Team and manage the WaterFire Arts Center. I transitioned into this role when COVID hit, and when our beloved WaterFires downtown were not going to be possible. We had to pivot our responsibilities and focus our energy on our Art Center and try to keep our organization going. I’m very proud to be working at WaterFire and I’m very excited to be part of this team and take on this new venture!! Prior to this role, I was the Volunteer Coordinator.

The Starry, Starry Night installation at WaterFire. Photograph by John Nickerson.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Jerry Suggs

I am Jerry Suggs and I am the Manager of Education Programming and Partnerships here at WaterFire. That includes working to create programs and partnerships between WaterFire and colleges, high schools and community programs. It also includes managing our internship program that has had as many as 26 interns working with WaterFire to produce our lightings and other events.

Fire Flowers and a Time Machine background photo. Depicts prayer candles and plastic flowers.

Fire Flowers and a Time Machine – Flores de Fuego y una Máquina del Tiempo

Presented October 1-17 outdoors at the WaterFire Arts Center and the nearby American Locomotive Works campus, ‘Fire Flowers’ is a bilingual performance event directed by Shey Rivera Ríos and featuring work from fifteen performance artists on topics from immigration, ancestral inheritance, and our current moment.

Aerial view of the Waterplace Park basin during a Clear Currents WaterFire lighting. Photograph by John Nickerson.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Peter Mello

I have been working at WaterFire for nearly a decade and what really excites me is how we create and present #Art4Impact that is accessible and approachable for people who might not otherwise experience it because they might not feel comfortable in a traditional arts venue like a museum, gallery or concert hall or might not be able to afford a ticket to the opera, ballet or philharmonic.

Clear Currents and La Gondola on the river (Photograph by Andre Zawadowicz)

WaterFire Staff Stories: Devanshi Ved

My name is Devanshi Ved, I am the Special Events Assistant, and a new member of the WaterFire Team. I started in the position 7 months ago in February, but I was also an Events and Operations Intern in 2018! Normally my job would be designing the Brazier Society reception tent, along with Sponsor Tents. Booking Performers for the Main Stage and Steeple Stage. I would also be responsible for the Celebrate Program where people can book packages to propose, have a special meal, and many other magical moments at the WaterFire Installation downtown.

ArtMart, new pop-up artist markets at the WaterFire Arts Center

WaterFire is committed to transforming place and building community. Recently, our staff has been focused on creating new and safe events inside and outside the WaterFire Arts Center. ART MART is a new outdoor pop-up art market that aims to support and connect artists with the community by providing a safe venue to sell their work.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Laura Duclos

What do you do at WaterFire? How long have you been involved?

Hi! My name is Laura Duclos and I’m the Director of Creative Services at WaterFire Providence, I’ve been working for WaterFire for over 10 years – I started as an intern in 2009 – and it’s been an incredible journey!

What is ‘creative services?’ Well it’s our way of trying to best summarize the work we do. From visual communications (social, print + web) to retail management (at events, online + the store at the WaterFire Arts Center) and graphic design to hospitality and visitor experience (way-finding, visitor services + more!) We’re the ones you talk to on Facebook. 😉

Torches light up Waterplace Basin during a WaterFire lighting. Photograph by Laura Patton.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Melanie Steinbrecher

What do you do at WaterFire?

I am the Creative Services Assistant here at WaterFire and have been for just over a year now. Before officially joining the team, I was actually a graphic design intern for a summer too!

My job here is to help out with all of the duties of our department such as graphic design, merchandise, social media, websites, videography, and photography. One of my biggest responsibilities right now is running the WaterFire store both online and in-person, and I do a lot of our merchandise campaigning.

The American Flag flying over Waterplace Basin. Photograph by Max Dowgiallo.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Marguerite Bernier

My position here is Bookkeeper / Office Manager.  I have been with WaterFire for 13 years.

My favorite events are the Salute to Veterans and the Christmas events.  For the Veterans fire, it is truly magical when the American flag is suspended over the basin area (with the help of 2 Providence Fire ladder trucks) and taps is being played.  There is not a dry eye in the audience.

Boat Procession at WaterFire. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Bess Butterworth

I am Bess Butterworth and I am the Development Associate here at WaterFire. I have worked with my colleagues on the development team since July of 2019. I just celebrated my work anniversary! I focus on grant writing and individual giving and advancing programs in order to fund our mission. My favorite part about working at WaterFire is knowing that my work directly impacts the economic vitality of Providence by creating jobs, filling hotel rooms and restaurants and bringing a million people to the streets of downtown each year for a shared experience that brings us all closer.