Dear Friends,

FirstWorks’ mission is to build the vitality of our community through the arts. While that usually means gathering people together to experience extraordinary performances and interactions with world-class artists, sometimes it requires taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of the community we serve.

The staff and board of FirstWorks are working diligently with our venue and program partners to monitor COVID-19 developments and create a plan for the upcoming weeks with the safety of our community as our top priority. Any event schedule changes or updates will be posted here. For current virtual learning and virtual stage programs and events, visit our homepage.

UPDATES as of 6/4/20

• The CUNNINGHAM film panel has been moved to July 26, 8 PM – click here for more info

UPDATES as of 4/15/20

• For the last five years, PVDFest has filled the streets of Providence with a global and local blend of creativity. In these unprecedented times, however, we have an obligation to prioritize the health and well-being of our attendees, merchants, performers and artists. After careful consideration for our creative community both near and far, we’ve made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone PVDFest.

UPDATES as of 3/12/20

FirstWorks public events scheduled for March, and April 2020:

• We are postponing our residency events with artist Miwa Matreyek, which include the March 25 performance of Miwa Matreyek’s Glorious Visions in Animation at Providence College, and artist talk at RISD Museum on March 28.

• We are postponing our April 1st film screening of CUNNINGHAM at Brown University.

We are exploring options for rescheduling these events. If you have purchased tickets, we will be in touch with you shortly about options for refunds, ticket exchanges or donating your ticket price to FirstWorks.


• The performances of DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion at Providence Performing Arts Center on April 24th, and April 23rd Artist Talk with Jacques Heim at RISD have been canceled.

Ticketholders to DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion will be fully refunded via your original form of payment by the PPAC Box Office. Any questions about DIAVOLO tickets can be directed to the PPAC Box Office at 401-421-ARTS (2787) or



Our decision is consistent with Governor Raimondo’s declaration of a state of emergency in Rhode Island, and guidelines issued by the CDC. We encourage you to continue to take standard precautions to stem the spread of illness. Current CDC guidelines are available here.

As a small, but mighty arts non-profit, event cancellations and lower ticket sales make a huge impact on our operations. During this time, we’re especially grateful to our amazing supporters and sponsors, whose financial support is vital to ensuring we can continue connecting world-class arts to Rhode Island.

Please stay safe and healthy, care for one another, and we’ll be in touch with program updates as soon as possible.

Warm regards,

Kathleen Pletcher
Executive Artistic Director