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A new signature event
for the Creative Capital!
June 11-14, 2015
Discover the city center as
it comes to life with firsts
in arts, music and spectacle
Experience an extravaganza of
performances & installations
throughout the city
Save the date: June 11-14
2015 Providence International
Arts Festival
Coming next: World Premiere
Lostwax Multimedia Dance
Artistic Icons Series
at The Vets: Mummenschanz,
Philip Glass, & Noche Flamenca
connecting art with audiences
in Providence, Rhode Island
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
introduces Regina Carter
to Rhode Island music students
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
connect students to The Jazz Age
Enrich the lives of children
Join our FirstWorks friends
with a pledge to our Annual Fund
who we are

FirstWorks is a nonprofit arts organization that contributes to the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our community through world-class performing arts and education programs.

FirstWorks has grown to be “one of our great assets in transforming the City”, according to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. We have offered Rhode Islanders access to some of the most exciting artists of our time including Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis, Joffrey Ballet, and Caravanserai’s master artists of Pakistan.

Launched in 2004 through a public/private partnership with Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, FirstWorks has since:

  • - produced 22 groundbreaking arts festivals
  • - presented over 361 international artists and innovators
  • - attracted more than 160,000 participants
  • - engaged more than 100 nonprofit community organizations and schools

FirstWorks has grown into a multidimensional arts organization recognized with 17 National Endowment for the Arts grants. In fall 2012, FirstWorks presented the FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza, leading a consortium of 18 organizations to create an event that drew 40,000 people into downtown Providence. In July 2013, the City of Providence and FirstWorks were named recipients of a second NEA Our Town grant to support a community design effort to create a cultural corridor in downtown Providence along Washington Street, and to establish the FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza as a biennial signature event in Providence.


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