Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

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Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce Pandemic

TAYLOR MAC’S
HOLIDAY SAUCE… PANDEMIC!

Taylor Mac’s irreverent seasonal spectacular “Holiday Sauce” reimagined as a virtual celebration, blending music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
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Fidel Nadal

FIDEL NADAL
in concert

Rolling Stone Magazine hailed the Argentinian vocalist as “The Rasta who revolutionized Latin Rock.” Get a taste of Pan-African consciousness and good vibrations in this special concert with Fidel and his band, performed in a Mexico City recording studio.
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PD Highlights DBR

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

In April 2020, FirstWorks hosted a live Professional Development Workshop via Zoom with composer, violinist, educator, and activist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain for 40 local K-12 educators and artists titled “Teaching Tolerance with Music.” DBR was joined by esteemed artist-educators Liz Lerman and Michael Rohd.

Oumou Sangare and Sidy Maiga

GROOVE TO THE RHYTHMS OF OUMOU SANGARÉ AND SIDY MAIGA

Produced by FirstWorks Brown Arts Initiative. Experience the soul-lifting sounds of Mali with Grammy winner Oumou Sangaré, hailed as the greatest living female voice in African music, and master drummer Sidy Maiga. Premieres on Facebook and YouTube live – find out more…

Global Journeys

GLOBAL JOURNEYS
CONCERT SERIES
at Roger Williams Park

Co-presented by FirstWorks and Roger Williams Park Conservancy. Our pop-up Global Journeys fall concert series featured a spirit-lifting line-up in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Park visitors enjoyed weekly live arts experiences spanning a world of styles, from salsa and French Cajun to West African kora and indigenous jazz.
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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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RFP Fall 2020

COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY
for Rhode Island-based artists

Submissions are now closed. Opportunity for Rhode Island-based musicians, performers and artists who use sound in their work (including bands and solo musicians, sound artists/technologists, DJs, spoken word performers, theater artists, storytellers, poets, etc.)