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Waterplace Park, photograph by John Nickerson
Photograph by John Nickerson

Keep the fires burning in 2023!

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We’ve announced the 2023 WaterFire Season which currently includes seven (7) full lightings and five (5) partial lightings.

WaterFire favorites like the Clear Currents Community Paddling Night and the Flames of Hope Celebration supported by The Gloria Gemma Foundation will return in August and September. Notably, WaterFire will also partner with PVDFest, an annual arts and culture festival held in downtown Providence, for a full lighting on September 9, 2023. Additionally, the season will conclude with WaterFire’s Salute to Veterans on November 4, 2023, a full lighting to honor and recognize the contributions of veterans.

Our impact extends well beyond downtown and into the Valley neighborhood at the WaterFire Arts Center. Over the past few years, we had an extraordinary run of events that presented fine and performing arts during some of the darkest days of the pandemic. We are particularly proud of the new initiatives that we launched during this period including WaterFire Accelerate, a professional development program for artists under 30; ArtLab, a high school paid internship program that provides under-resourced youth an opportunity to develop skills and experience working in a cultural institution; and lastly a reentry employment program for the formerly incarcerated.

Our organization has grown and diversified significantly over the past decade thanks to your support. But as government pandemic support that was crucial to our survival over the past few years goes away, we need your help more than ever. 

Please consider making an end-of-year gift to WaterFire. Your contribution this year will help us sustain and grow our impacts from the WaterFire event downtown and through programming at the WaterFire Arts Center in the Valley neighborhood. Your support makes a real difference!


Peter A. Mello Signature

Peter Mello
Managing Director/co-CEO

Barnaby Evans Signature

Barnaby Evans
Artistic Director/co-CEO

Thank you!