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Studio Installation

Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré

Coming in January 2021 to the WaterFire Arts Center.

WaterFire Providence is pleased to present an exhibition in honor of the life and legacy of Howard Ben Tré at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC). “Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré” show will run from January 22, 2021 – March 7, 2021. In addition to the regular WFAC hours, the exhibition will include a series of receptions and talks.

The LET-OUT A Vanta Guild Exhibit

THE LET-OUT a Vanta Guild Exhibit

WaterFire’s New Flame initiative is pleased to present a group exhibition of current photography curated by The Vanta Guild in the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery. “The Let-Out” show run is December 9, 2020 – January 15, 2021.

Six photographers are featured in the show: Jonathan Pitts-Wiley, Dee Speaks, Nicholas Mendes, Shaun Morse, Rafael Medina, and Marlisse Payamps. Featured images in “The Let-Out” exhibit focus on the joy, anger, and uncertainty of Black American experiences in Rhode Island as people grapple with the realities of pandemic-induced lockdowns, socio-political uprisings, and the struggle to maintain a sense of beauty, joy, and balance in the century’s most turbulent year.

Holiday ArtMart December 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Holiday ArtMart: Artist Pop-Up Market – December 19, 2020

Saturday December 19, 202011:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Safely Inside at the WaterFire Arts Center We’re bringing ArtMart inside to the spacious Main Hall of the WaterFire Arts Center for a 1-day Holiday Saturday on December 19th. Support 25+ Rhode Island artists and makers by joining us for some socially distanced… Read More »Holiday ArtMart: Artist Pop-Up Market – December 19, 2020

Light boat procession lining up at WaterFire in 2019. Photograph by Luis Andrade.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Kat Entwistle

Hi all, I’m Kat and I am the Volunteer Coordinator here at WaterFire! I started here in May 2018 as the Volunteer Management and Engagement intern as my last requirement before receiving my bachelor’s degree in Program and Event Management from the University of New Hampshire. In May 2019 I started my full-time position in the Volunteer Department creating relationships and coordinating volunteers, leading many, many ‘Woodpile Workouts’, preparing materials and communications for our downtown lightings and so much more.

Lighting Ceremony at the Gloria Gemma's Flames of Hope WaterFire. Photograph by Matthew Huang.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Jenn Kobza

I am the Events and Operations Associate at WaterFire. I started as a Special Events Intern three years ago and then worked my way up to a full-time position in the Operations Department. For me, no two days are ever the same but I mainly work on all the details of the logistics to help put an event together alongside my team.

Braziers and rose petals at WaterFire. Photograph by Armin Kososki.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Ed Cabral

Hi there, my name is Ed Cabral and I’m the manager of sponsorships and corporate relations at WaterFire Providence. I’ve been with WaterFire for just under two years.

One of the things that people don’t know about WaterFire is that we’re a small organization with a small team that works behind the scenes. And the reason why people don’t understand that or know that is because we put such an amazing elaborate large production on downtown Providence with our WaterFire lightings.

WaterFire fire tenders. Photograph by Tom Backman.

WaterFire Staff Stories: Jean Giorgio

Hi, my name is Jean Giorgio and I am a retail associate at the store at the WaterFire Arts Center. My WaterFire story started in 2010 when my husband and I moved to Providence from New York. We were wandering around one evening exploring and we stumbled upon a WaterFire in progress. We were immediately fascinated and I thought this would be a great thing to get involved with to meet people.

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.