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Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Memorial Park, photograph by John Nickerson.

Rookie of the Year, Kou Nyan started volunteering for WaterFire in 2017.

Kou Nyan

Kou Nyan

How did you begin your journey with WaterFire?

My journey with WaterFire began with a leap of faith. I was unemployed and knew I had to do something. So I prayed to God, volunteerism dropped in my spirit and the rest is history.

What do you enjoy doing as a WaterFire Volunteer? Why?

As a WaterFire Volunteer, I really enjoy meeting and helping so many people. It’s like an exciting cycle of enthusiasm that you get from the visitors, community, performers and other volunteers. They pour their joy into you and you pour right back into them. Also, I always have fun stories to tell my friends and family! 🙂

What is your most memorable moment as a WaterFire Volunteer?

My most memorable moment was when a little girl helped me collect donations. She was full of fire. She ran up to almost everyone convincing them to donate in exchange for glow sticks. You’re never too young (or old) to be a WaterFire volunteer.

What does being a volunteer at WaterFire mean to you?

Being a WaterFire volunteer means that you are a part of a mission larger than yourself. You’re not only connecting people to art but, also to one another.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about volunteering for WaterFire?

Life’s short; just do it.

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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