This is WaterFire’s second season partnering with The Map Center! As WaterFire visitors come by the WaterFire Marketplace on Canal Street they are able to put a colored pin on a map of where they are from. These maps are sorted by the East Coast, the United States and the… Read More »WaterFire Visitors From Around The World!
To celebrate 25 years of transforming a place and building community in Providence, RI, WaterFire Providence announces its inaugural #Art4Impact series of events. The #Art4Impact series will include three themed series of WaterFire lightings and events with each series highlighting community milestones, challenges or issues that WaterFire has been helping… Read More »Announcing the 2019 #Art4Impact Series and WaterFire Season Schedule
President and Prime Minister of Portugal Visit Providence for WaterFire and RI Day of Portugal Celebration
Sunday, June 10th, 2018 was certainly a momentous day in Providence, it was the final day of PVDFest and the second of two days of annual celebration of Portuguese heritage and history that comprises Rhode Island Day of Portugal. This day was the 41st RI Day of Portugal celebration and there… Read More »President and Prime Minister of Portugal Visit Providence for WaterFire and RI Day of Portugal Celebration
Regarding the planned exhibition of artist Ryan Mendoza’s “2672 South Deacon” at the WaterFire Arts Center. PROVIDENCE, RI (09 February 2018) – Brown University’s withdrawal from our partnership exhibiting artist Ryan Mendoza’s “2672 South Deacon” has not changed our passion regarding the importance of the work. The art installation includes… Read More »WaterFire Providence Statement About Brown’s Exhibition Cancellation
Here at WaterFire Providence, we believe that representation and diversity are two of the pillars that bind a community together and through each WaterFire lighting we celebrate the renewal of those bonds. Today is International Woman’s day so we wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of the many… Read More »Celebrating the Women Who Ignite Providence
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.
Well, happy people really! Check out this time lapse in which the WaterFire Arts Center gets its new carpets installed on its office floor. Designed to align with the event day dress code that we and our volunteers adhere to at WaterFire, the new carpets are done in black and… Read More »New Carpets, Happy Feet!
Today the cement for the main hall of the WaterFire Arts Center was poured! It took all day and dozens of laborers, but the floor is complete! Truck, after truck, after truck, brought loads of cement into the arts center parking lot, where it was pumped through the emergency doors… Read More »Floored by the Cement Pour!
Electrical Systems Make Us Glow! Nothing can compare to our bonfires on the rivers of Providence. But our electrical systems make the WaterFire Arts Center a stunning place to be! Supplementing our natural light, mandatory during the night, our lighting fixtures were chosen to be appropriate to the age and industrial history of our… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 26 | Electrical
It is amazing how much has changed in the months spanning from September to February! When volunteer photographer Elaine Fredrick made the first images in this collection, the windows were not fully installed! A lot has happened since then. Sheetrock has covered the steel studs. Everything is beginning to look like… Read More »Before and After, September to February