The Beacon of Hope installation at the WaterFire Arts Center has concluded its initial phase. We are planning for a permanent memorial to be installed at the WaterFire Arts Center at some point in the Fall or in Spring 2021. Meanwhile, we will be sharing videos, photos, and written memories and reflections on the artwork here on our website in the coming days and weeks. Please stay tuned.
Thanks to all who attended the memorial in person over the last few weeks and special thanks to everyone who assisted with the lighting ceremony over the nearly 100 nights of remembering those lost to COVID-19 in Rhode Island.
WaterFire Providence, like all of us and so many nonprofits and businesses, has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. But even the coronavirus won’t stop us from creating art that celebrates life, binds our community together, and honors our heroes working on the front lines to keep us all safe.
The WaterFire Beacon of Hope is a dynamic art installation where a single brazier illuminates the Main Hall of the WaterFire Arts Center representing a beacon of hope looking forward to the time when we can all gather together again in the heart of our capital. Once again we will experience WaterFire with our city filled with vibrant joy and discovery and our exhibitions and events again enlivening the WaterFire Arts Center.
Surrounding the solitary brazier is a field of luminaria, each memorializing a Rhode Island soul lost to COVID-19.
WaterFire’s own future is also significantly threatened by the coronavirus. Sponsorship of the WaterFire event downtown and event rental fees from the WaterFire Arts Center represent our main income. With physical distancing orders remaining in place for the foreseeable future, these sources of funding have effectively disappeared. Your donation will make the Beacon of Hope shine brighter and support WaterFire Providence through this very challenging period so we can rejoin you once again.
More on the WaterFire Beacon of Hope:
- Become a part of the installation by adding a star to the night, Wish Upon a Star donation
- Reimagining Ritual: Spiritual Leaders Bring Light into the Darkness, a guest post by Ashley Rappa and video by Ian Barnard from Leadership Rhode Island
- A Humble but Meaningful Remembrance: A Night at the Beacon of Hope, a post by our staff member Melanie Steinbrecher and community member Reverend Kurt Walker sharing reflections of their Beacon of Hope participation
- A collection of live recordings on our Vimeo channel of Beacon of Hope Luminaria Lighting Ceremonies
- A collection of articles and press releases
Your donation will make the Beacon of Hope shine brighter and support WaterFire Providence through this very challenging period.
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