Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

Bettye LaVette

BETTYE LAVETTE

Bettye LaVette is a true legend of blues and soul with a career spanning more than 50 years – but it’s only within the last decade that she has truly earned recognition as one of America’s finest vocal talents. Huffington Post dubbed her “the High Priestess of R&B.”

Aurelio Martinez

AURELIO MARTINEZ

One of Honduras’ most gifted performers, Aurelio is a singer-songwriter known for his powerful and evocative voice, as well as a brilliant guitarist and percussionist.
FirstWorks employees with arms around each other

Jobs

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Now entering our 15th anniversary year, FirstWorks has grown steadily since our founding in 2004. Discover current career opportunities where you can have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts, and bettering the lives of children across Rhode Island.
Cranston Street Armory silkscreen by Walker Mettling

Armory Animated by Art

ARMORY ANIMATED BY ART

Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood.

Doppelganger Dance Collective

DOPPELGÄNGER DANCE COLLECTIVE

Two is better than one when Rhode Island’s own Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) takes the stage. Co-founding dancers Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson were drawn together to foster the creation and performance of original, contemporary choreographic work for duet.

PVDFEST 2017

PVDFEST 2017
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. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks

ETIENNE CHARLES

ETIENNE CHARLES

This young jazz master from Trinidad defies easy categorization – a student of pan-Caribbean music, as fluent in the horn riffs of New Orleans brass as he is the Spanish rhythms of the islands.

LAS CAFETERAS

LAS CAFETERAS

If Mexican folk music and pounding Afro-Caribbean rhythms met on the streets of East Los Angeles, what would happen? The answer is Las Cafeteras, one of the hottest young bands in alternative Latin music.

DBR EN MASSE

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
En Masse

After a show-stopping collaboration with local student musicians at last year’s PVDFest, the Haitian born, Harlem-based composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR) returns for a massive musical spectacle in the shadow of the West Side’s iconic Cranston Street Armory.