Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

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Phantom Notes

by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández

Gold, Silver, and Coin make a world of time.
Prayer is in the ear of the river.
Phantom Notes, a new work by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, twilight-sunrise, has been postponed. Stay tuned to for a new date, to be announced.
A PVDFest summer happening.
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Jamil Jorge PD

UPCOMING PD WORKSHOP: Developing Diverse and Equitable Education

Taught by Jamil Jorge, FirstWorks Education Director
Educators can use the broad concept of intersecting identities to think critically about representative and equitable educational programming. Discussion topics include American music, visual art, in-class guest artists, mutual connections over differences.
One PLU credit
FREE to Educators- Register Here
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Thea Hopkins PD

UPCOMING PD WORKSHOP: Giving Voice to the Music…

…Narrativizing Cultural and Social Histories Through Music – Taught by Thea Hopkins, Indigenous Performer-Songwriter
In this professional development workshop for K-12 teachers, musician Thea Hopkins will introduce attendees to the narratives found in traditional and contemporary Indigenous music.
Earns one PLU credit
FREE to Educators – Register Here
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Virtual Dance Camp

For Grades 3-8

FirstWorks Summer Moves Virtual Dance Camp includes percussive dance (tap), contemporary ballet, hip-hop, and more, led by a diverse group of talented dancers who have performed on stages around the world – and for FirstWorks. No previous experience necessary.

Virtual Theater Arts Camp

For Grades 5-7

FirstWorks Virtual Theatre Camp stretches the imagination! Together with an array of artist instructors, students will be introduced to the magic of Theater Arts through creative self-expression. No previous experience required.

FirstWorks Live


UPDATE: Carlos de Leon has been rescheduled to September 12
Return to the thrill of live performances through summer concerts in a gorgeous outdoor setting! Join FirstWorks for a journey from global Jazz to Americana, from hip-hop, to sounds from the mountains and rhythms of the sea. Grab your lawn chair (or blanket) and enjoy extraordinary artists in the park throughout the summer.
Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department

PVDFest 2021

PVDFest 2021 News

Produced by the City of Providence and founding partner FirstWorks, PVDFest 2021 will provide a new transformational artistic experience, re-envisioned over four months of in-person and virtual programming and culminating in a two-day takeover of public spaces, parks and music venues in Downtown Providence.

Virtual Summer Camps

Free for Rhode Island public school students

FirstWorks is excited to partner with the Rhode Island Department of Education to bring virtual dance and theater summer camps to Rhode Island public school students during Summer 2021! Browse our offerings for Grades 3-8 and pre-register now to secure your child’s spot.
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DBR Becky Bass PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Teaching now…What is the same and what has changed?

Team taught by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Becky Bass
What has the pandemic taught us about teaching? How can educators shift to embrace hybrid practice and collaborative teaching? What new responsibilities for teachers has COVID-19 exposed in terms of student life and wellness?

Virtual Learning Mixashawn


Through the words and music of Lee “Mixashawn” Rozie, students will engage in arts integration lessons and activities that utilize the concepts of Dreams, Dance, and Decisions to better understand their world and surroundings. An introduction to Indigenous philosophy and practices is highlighted.