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UPLIFT

FIRSTWORKS UPLIFT PROJECT

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.

CARTOGRAPHY

COMING UP NEXT: CARTOGRAPHY

Experience stunning visuals and deeply human narratives in this poignant work designed for audiences of all ages. Woven from accounts of young refugees’ journeys, CARTOGRAPHY uses simple storytelling with interactive video technology to recount young peoples’ experiences of modern-day migration.
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Behind the Curtain

BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Performing Arts Afterschool Enrichment Course

A semester-long enrichment program for RI high school students as part of RIDE’s All Course Network initiative. Behind the Curtain is a virtual afterschool program that connects RI students grades 9-12 with artists, nonprofit and production professionals.
Find out more and register today.
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Virtual Learning Series

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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2020-21 PD

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

Hope and Healing Social Inequities, A Primer for the Classroom with DBR, 1/25 at 10:00- 11 AM

Stay tuned for more workshops TBA
FREE TO EDUCATORS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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Raise Your Voice

RAISE YOUR VOICE

…and celebrating difference through the performing arts. For sixteen years, FirstWorks has wielded the power of the arts to build community through inclusion and celebration of diversity. We invite you to browse program highlights representing our commitment to ensure representation of our diverse audience and their cultures on stage, in Rhode Island classrooms, and in local media.
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Earth First

EARTH FIRST

…From classical music to awe-inspiring spectacles, FirstWorks’ Earth First program harnesses the dynamic and engaging power of the performing arts to shine a spotlight on important questions around climate change, sustainability and civic responsibility. Browse program highlights.
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ANNUAL REPORT 2020

FIRSTWORKS ANNUAL REPORT

Find out how we are enriching the social, educational and economic fabric of Rhode Island by engaging diverse audiences with world-class performing arts experiences.

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