FirstWorks Arts Learning reached over 5,500 K-12 students at 40+ public, charter and private schools last year

FirstWorks provides artistic “firsts” to our community: artists’ first appearances in Rhode Island, children‘s first experiences in the arts, first in-theatre experiences for under-resourced audiences, and premieres of new work.

Central to FirstWorks’ mission is our powerful, accessible and equitable Arts Learning program that benefits students in under-resourced schools by bringing world-class artists into classrooms, and schoolchildren into performance arts venues. Since its founding in 2009, FirstWorks Arts Learning has grown to reach over 5,500 students annually, enriching the education of the diverse youth who represent Rhode Island’s promising future.

The majority of students who participate in FirstWorks Arts Learning are from under-resourced districts serving diverse ethnic populations and low income families. Many of these students participate in their first performing arts experiences through FirstWorks matinees.

Arts Learning Program Overview

• Integrates arts and core curricula

• Fosters success in school, work, and life

• Creates access to and equity in learning

• Empowers students to find their voices through art and creativity

• Connects students with world-class artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Angélique Kidjo, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philip Glass, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Savion Glover, Black Violin, Rosanne Cash, and more!

• Engages students in the classroom setting with arts to enhance academic performance

• Free for under-resourced schools with large minority and low-income student populations