FirstWorks, a nonprofit arts organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, builds the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences through world-class performing arts and education programs.
Launched in 2004 as a turnaround of First Night Providence, FirstWorks’ programming provides “firsts” to the community—artists’ first appearances in Rhode Island, children’s first experiences in arts learning, first theatre experiences for under-resourced audiences and new work presented for the first time.
Engaging Rhode Islanders with some of the most significant creative forces of our time, FirstWorks places public performances at the center of weeks and months of interaction with artists such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Rosanne Cash, Phillip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center.
FirstWorks Arts Learning Program reaches students from over 40 public, private and charter schools across Rhode Island with transformative arts-based learning experiences. Arts Learning matinees in professional performance venues; artist-led, in-school workshops and curricula-guides aligned to core standards ensure access for full classes and schools of children, rather than just those who opt-in to afterschool programs.
"I had the privilege of working with inspirational artists from around the world. They each brought forth the same message that by making art - whether it be with music, dance, theatre - you create happiness that can be shared. I am grateful to FirstWorks for the opportunities." - Alex Santiago, four-year student participant in the FirstWorks Arts Learning program