Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

Musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center seated with their instruments

Jazz at Lincoln Center

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
with FirstWorks Arts Learning

As the newest installment of their multi-year partnership with FirstWorks, this year’s Jazz and Civil Rights residency focuses on Jazz as an instrument of Social Change, and concludes with a public performance and Second Line march to the PVDFest parade.
Man plays guitar atop a stage powered by a cyclist

PVDFest 2018

PVDFEST 2018
View FirstWorks artist highlights

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Check out FirstWorks highlights from the Creative Capital’s signature summer arts festival!
Four laughing women in colorful dress

LADAMA

LADAMA
Four sisters in song, rhythm and spirit

Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin –Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, but with a modern twist.
Five musicians pose in fancy dress in front of a large mossy tree

Ranky Tanky

RANKY TANKY
Gullah music from the Carolina coast

The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B.
Two acrobats swing from poles mounted to a raised boat

Australia’s Sway Poles

AUSTRALIA’S SWAY POLES
Tall Tales from the High Seas

Expect astonishment as these world-renowned acrobats perform atop incredible sway-pole masts as their vessel “The Fabulist” pitches and rolls above the crowd!
Man plays guitar atop a stage powered by a cyclist

Squonk Opera – Cycle Sonic

SQUONK OPERA
Cycle Sonic

FirstWorks presents Squonk Opera’s celebration of “all things bicycle,” featuring human-powered stages propelled by original chamber rock music!
People hold illuminated umbrellas in a rainbow of colors

Pilobolus

PILOBOLUS
The Umbrella Project

A participatory interactive art experience from the legendary performance group, The Umbrella Project is a colorful spectacle in which audience members wield lighted umbrellas devised by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT.