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.

Now in our 20th year, we provide arts access and experiences to all audiences by…

AMPLIFYING diverse voices and celebrating differences

STRENGTHENING Rhode Island’s cultural fabric

ENGAGING artists, audiences, and students

EMPOWERING youth as creators, learners, and leaders

experience

Experience Artistic Excellence

Be uplifted by world-class artists, immersive experiences, and astounding performances on our live and virtual stages.

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FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert Series

Three free outdoor concerts at the Roger Williams Park Bandstand to take you on a global journey! The Ivory Coast’s queen of modern Afropop Dobet Gnahoré on Thursday, July 11, tropical Afro-Latin combo QUITAPENAS on Sunday, July 14 and Salsa Dura greats La Excelencia on Sunday, July 21.
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Learn

EXPERIENCE

Experience Artistic Excellence

Be uplifted by world-class artists, immersive experiences, and astounding performances on our live and virtual stages.

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert Series

The face and shoulders of a Black woman wearing bright blue body paint with a white and ochre fan motif.

Three free outdoor concerts at the Roger Williams Park Bandstand to take you on a global journey! The Ivory Coast’s queen of modern Afropop Dobet Gnahoré on Thursday, July 11, tropical Afro-Latin combo QUITAPENAS on Sunday, July 14 and Salsa Dura greats La Excelencia on Sunday, July 21.
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LEARN

We’re Teaching Kids to Dream with Their Eyes Wide Open

Youth need art to thrive. Engaging thousands of Rhode Island students and their teachers each year, we ignite creative learning by providing schools access to teaching artists, performances and an online platform for arts education. Our education program also offers professional development and lesson plans geared towards integrating the arts into classrooms.

We’re Teaching Kids to Dream with Their Eyes Wide Open

Youth need art to thrive. Engaging thousands of Rhode Island students and their teachers each year, we ignite creative learning by providing schools access to teaching artists, performances and an online platform for arts education. Our education program also offers professional development and lesson plans geared towards integrating the arts into classrooms.

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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 audiences and schools with your support.

SUPPORT

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 audiences and schools with your support.

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“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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Mayor Smiley, FirstWorks, ACT Announce Early PVDFest Programming Details

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