Connecting Art with Audiences

FirstWorks’ mission is to enrich Rhode Island’s cultural, educational, and economic vitality by engaging diverse audiences with world-class performing arts and education.

Connecting Art with Audiences

FirstWorks’ mission is to enrich Rhode Island’s cultural, educational, and economic vitality by engaging diverse audiences with world-class performing arts and education.

Entering our 18th season, we provide access and experiences to all audiences as we lift our community by…

LEADING change within the arts to amplify diverse voices and celebrate differences

STRENGTHENING Rhode Island’s cultural fabric, helping artists and educators take the stage

ENGAGING artists, audiences, and students to foster participation and learning

BUILDING a community that empowers youth as active creators, learners, and future leaders

experience

Experience the Arts Wherever You Are

Expect artistic excellence. Be uplifted by world-class artists, immersive experiences, and astounding performances on our live and virtual stages. Providing artistic “Firsts” to our community while supporting the arts and the artists, we inspire new collaborations, create true partnerships, and offer in-depth learning opportunities. Learn more about what you can experience through FirstWorks.

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Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel Bernard Roumain to Premiere “The Telling” September 29 at WaterFire Arts Center

Experience instrumental solos, dance and chamber music that responds to Black trauma and affirms Black joy. Featuring acclaimed artists Melvin Chen, MusicWorks Collective, Becky Bass, Albert Rudolph Lee, Shura Baryshnikov, Jay Breen and Victoria L. Awkward.

A PVDFest Happening – free tickets available – Learn more

Learn

EXPERIENCE

Experience the Arts Wherever You Are

Expect artistic excellence. Be uplifted by world-class artists, immersive experiences, and astounding performances on our live and virtual stages. Providing artistic “Firsts” to our community while supporting the arts and the artists, we inspire new collaborations, create true partnerships, and offer in-depth learning opportunities. Learn more about what you can experience through FirstWorks. 

Daniel Bernard Roumain to Premiere “The Telling” September 29 at WaterFire Arts Center

Bamako to Birmingham: Seven musicians standing outside wearing dark glasses on a sunny day

Experience instrumental solos, dance and chamber music that responds to Black trauma and affirms Black joy. Featuring acclaimed artists Melvin Chen, MusicWorks Collective, Becky Bass, Albert Rudolph Lee, Shura Baryshnikov, Jay Breen and Victoria L. Awkward.

A PVDFest Happening – free tickets available – Learn more

LEARN

Teaching All Kids to Dream with their Eyes Wide Open

Students need art to thrive. Engaging thousands of students and teachers each year, we empower creativity and ignite learning by providing an accessible platform for arts education across Rhode Island schools. Our program also offers professional development and lesson plans geared to integrating arts into the classroom, supporting all teachers who are enriching students’ lives.

Teaching All Kids to Dream with their Eyes Wide Open

Students need art to thrive. Engaging thousands of students and teachers each year, we empower creativity and ignite learning by providing an accessible platform for arts education across Rhode Island schools. Our program also offers professional development and lesson plans geared to integrating arts into the classroom, supporting all teachers who are enriching students’ lives.

support

YOU can Help lift Rhode Island through culture, creativity, and community

Be part of making the arts available to all. We can only continue to ignite creativity, break down barriers, and connect outstanding world-class artists to Rhode Island with your support. Your partnership will allow performers to take the stage, audiences to experience art, and lives to be enriched.

SUPPORT

YOU can Help lift Rhode Island through culture, creativity, and community

Be part of making the arts available to all. We can only continue to ignite creativity, break down barriers, and connect outstanding world-class artists to Rhode Island with your support. Your partnership will allow performers to take the stage, audiences to experience art, and lives to be enriched.

“We are so lucky to have such beautifully curated and soul soaring programming from FirstWorks that leaves us anxious for more.”

– Henrietta White-Holder, Higher Ground International

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FirstWorks and Brown Arts Institute to Partner with Tony Award-winning Director and Choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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