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Fires illuminate the faces of the crowd in Waterplace Park during a WaterFire lighting in 2018. Photograph by Jen Bonin.

WaterFire Providence Proudly Presents Our 2021 WaterFire Season Schedule!

The world-class art experience you know and love is back with at least 9 lightings from September through December! We are pleased to announce the 2021 WaterFire season which currently includes four (4) full lightings and five (5) partial lightings. The season will open with a full lighting thanking COVID… Read More »WaterFire Providence Proudly Presents Our 2021 WaterFire Season Schedule!

EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan

(July 2021 UPDATE: A series of exhibition related programming is now available here, waterfire.org/eyetoeye-programming) WaterFire Providence presents EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC), an exhibition of work from all four of Meehan’s most recent in-depth projects – from Brockton, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode… Read More »EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan

ArtMart + New Flame

WaterFire New Flame Artists at ArtMart

WaterFire Providence’s New Flame millennial initiative sponsors emerging artists to participate in new ArtMart, pop-up artist markets at the WaterFire Arts Center. “We are so excited to introduce New Flame sponsored artists to our new ArtMart events. It’s a great way for young artists to get exposure and help turn their craft into a business.” – Nicole Nehiley, WaterFire Providence Development Assistant

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’s 100 Days of Inspiration and Connection

Connections Live Where We Make Them During this time of crisis, we created a program of daily emails to inspire and connect our community. Sharing inspirational quotes, WaterFire stories, and unDistancing Resources from arts/culture organizations as well as economic relief programs and opportunities for our followers to boost our local… Read More »WaterFire’s 100 Days of Inspiration and Connection

Beacon of Hope at the WaterFire Arts Center during Day Time (photograph by Melanie Steinbrecher)

WaterFire Beacon of Hope Art Installation Open for Public Viewing

WaterFire Arts Center and WaterFire Store open Wednesdays through Saturdays during Phase II of the Rhode Island Reopening Plan 7/15/20 UPDATE: Additional evening viewing hours added until the installation closure on Friday, July 31. Hours listed here. WaterFire Providence announces that effective Wednesday, June 24,  the WaterFire Arts Center will… Read More »WaterFire Beacon of Hope Art Installation Open for Public Viewing

Memorials Will Shine Bright

Memorial Park pays homage to Rhode Islanders who gave their lives during wars and conflicts around the world. For all full WaterFire lightings the park is one end (or beginning!) of our footprint. It has become a reflective place for visitors and locals alike. The light of luminaria candle lanterns… Read More »Memorials Will Shine Bright

Building for the Future | Episode 27 Historic Architectural Elements

Standout Historical Features

There are many historical features that make the WaterFire Arts Center unique. When the building was owned by the US Rubber company it had different needs than it does today. Those needs demanded solutions that we no longer commonly see today. But those original provisions make the WFAC unique.

The WFAC has a great number of large windows. This allowed the maximum amount of natural sunlight to enter the building, and minimize the amount of electrical light needed to function in a time when electricity and electric lighting were much more expensive than today.

The large scrolling doors were tall enough to allow full-size locomotives to enter the space and unload cargoes of rubber, and deliver finished product out.

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