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The Seeing

The Seeing

A collection of six films scored by DBR that are all related to our willingness to hear, understand, and love one another. The exhibition explores the question: “Can we see each other?”
A Black woman in a blue scaled dress singing with her eyes closed

Angélique Kidjo


FirstWorks welcomes four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo back to Providence for a concert featuring the high-octane numbers that have cemented her place on the international scene.

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Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama

While they may appear worlds apart, Mali’s Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama share something that is undeniable: deeply felt music of the soul that transcends cultures, nations and musical styles. 
A Black male musician wearing all black looks down the body of a violin he is holding upside down in front of his torso

The Telling

The Telling

“The Telling” is a new collection of original live works by renowned Haitian-American composer, violinist,  and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Through instrumental solos, dance, and chamber music, the artists reflect upon and respond to the forces of crisis and communion in our lives, telling stories of our anger, anguish, and enduring hope.
June 10-12 2022 Save the Date! PVDFest 10-12 De Junio 2022 Reserve La Fecha!

PVDFest 2022

PVDFest 2022

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture+ Tourism and founding partner FirstWorks will once again host PVDFest, Providence’s free outdoor signature arts festival, June 10-12, 2022. After an unimaginable two years, artists and performers from around the corner and around the globe will reinvigorate and rebuild Providence’s world-renowned art and culture community and showcase the Creative Capital.
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Professional Development


FirstWorks’ Teacher Professional Development Initiative aims to create systemic change in Providence and Central Falls school districts through accredited workshops in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Virtual Learning Series

Experience the arts wherever you are

Visit this page to access our digital learning resources which include unique video content featuring world class artists. Accompanying activities and assignments are aligned to core curricula standards.
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Supports extraordinary Rhode Island artists as they adapt their creative enterprises and inspire our community. With funding from Rhode Island Commerce, we provided a cohort of local creatives with coaching and tools to help them succeed in these challenging times. Visit this page each day for spotlight videos produced through our partnership with Steer PVD.