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.

A black and white image of two identical Black adult male dancers wearing sequined suits and sunglasses dancing under some spotlights
Identical twin Black adult men wearing white button down shirts, sunglasses, black pants and shoes face each other on a dark stage. They are both leaning back on their heels and each has a hand extended out to the other although not touching

Coming up next: Street dance pioneers The Wondertwins

Join us March 3rd at The Providence G Ballroom for a night of dance moves reflecting a kaleidoscope of hip-hop, street style, Broadway and more!

Find out 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. 

Coming up next: Street dance pioneers The Wondertwins

Identical twin Black adult men wearing white button down shirts, sunglasses, black pants and shoes face each other on a dark stage. They are both leaning back on their heels and each has a hand extended out to the other although not touching

Join us March 3rd at The Providence G Ballroom for a night of dance moves reflecting a kaleidoscope of hip-hop, street style, Broadway and more!

Find out 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

news

See what FirstWorks has been up to across its 2021-2022 season!

Read our Annual Report