Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

Virtual Learning Consuelo Sherba Yang Wei

MUSICIANS CONSUELO SHERBA
AND YANG WEI

Discover the intersection of Eastern and Western Music in this lesson with accompanying video featuring violist Consuelo Sherba, Artistic Director of Aurea Ensemble and Yang Wei, a celebrated virtuoso on the pipa, and member of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
Silhouette of a woman holding a tiny person in her hand against a backdrop of animated ocean with fish and a large full moon

Virtual Learning Miwa Matreyek

ANIMATOR MIWA MATREYEK

Watch excerpts from a performance at the cross-section of the cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical and learn about Global Temperature Changes and Greenhouse Effect in this video lesson and activities for grades 8-12.
Smiling woman with a flower in her hair standing at a steel pan musical instrument

BOX OFFICE: Becky Bass PD

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Online Workshop with Becky Bass

How to Make “Your Frame” a Place for Learning: Tips for Teaching Music Using Virtual Learning Platforms. Conducted on Zoom, this workshop will help teachers explore strategies for teaching in a virtual classroom setting. Though music educator Becky Bass will teach using the steel pan, a musical instrument from her native island of St. Croix, teachers of all academic subjects will benefit from this workshop experience.
FREE TO EDUCATORS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Daniel Bernard Roumain FirstWorks Artistic Ambassador

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
FirstWorks Artistic Ambassador

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. This season, he will be embedded in our community for a series of workshops reaching students, teachers and the elderly, community meals and conversations, and public performances with local artist collaborators.
Stage with birch trees and two puppeteers acting with a deer puppet and a crane puppet

Virtual Learning Heather Henson

PUPPET ARTIST HEATHER HENSON

Watch excerpts from a puppetry spectacle rooted in indigenous culture, and learn about turtle conservation, bird migration and the interconnectedness between humans and nature with Heather Henson, the founder of IBEX Puppetry and daughter of Muppets Creator Jim Henson.
401 Gives

401 Gives

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN RHODE ISLAND
401Gives is Today!

Join us in our efforts to make this the greatest day of giving Rhode Island community has ever seen! Be a part of Rhode Island community’s day of giving by joining our FirstWorks campaign on 401Gives. FirstWorks will use all monies raised from 401Gives to fund our new Virtual Learning Series, helping teachers, students and parents with online educational programming in this time of crisis.

Virtual Learning Yang Wei

PIPA VIRTUOSO YANG WEI

Discover the Silk Road in this lesson with accompanying video featuring Yang Wei, a professional musician and a celebrated virtuoso on the pipa, a Chinese string instrument dating back 2,000 years. Yang Wei has performed worldwide as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles, including the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
Man playing a violin with a boy also playing the violin

BOX OFFICE: Daniel Bernard Roumain PD

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Online Workshop with Daniel Bernard Roumain

April 6, 4-6 PM. Under the guidance of composer/violinist/educator/activist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain, participants in this online workshop will engage in personal reflection and the use of sound to elicit productive conversations about obvious and implied cultural and racial biases, and other critical subjects affecting their students.
FREE TO EDUCATORS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Virtual Learning Machine Dazzle

CELEBRITY COSTUME DESIGNER MACHINE DAZZLE

“Machine Dazzle” a.k.a., Matthew Flower, is a costume designer and performer based in New York City. His process is interesting in that he gathers different kinds of materials and textures; many that normally would not be part of costume or apparel – the shinier the better, throws them on the floor, and creates!
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FirstWorks News

FIRSTWORKS TO RECEIVE 60K NEA GRANT AWARD

June 23, 2020: FirstWorks to Receive $60,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Amplify Diverse Voices in the Performing Arts