#StayHomeWaterFire Friday Will Pay Tribute to the Class of 2020

Watch a special WaterFire performance Friday and learn about the memorial to celebrate our community’s heroes and honor the lives lost to COVID-19.


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WaterFire has put together a second, special live-streamed event for Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. called #StayHomeWaterFire. Viewers can tune into the #StayHomeWaterFire live stream at waterfire.org/stayhome from the comfort of their homes. The virtual event will pay tribute to the class of 2020 and welcome back hosts Ashley Erling, executive producer of “The Rhode Show,” and Ed Cabral, manager of sponsorships and corporate relations for WaterFire Providence.

The Second #StayHomeWaterFire is a co-created art experience with fan-generated videos and messages from the class of 2020 to their educators. People from the fifty states and 195 countries across the globe are invited to join from their homes to create and share their own personal #StayHomeWaterFire by tagging WaterFire Providence on social media.

The Second #StayHomeWaterFire celebrates educators, students and parents with messages from Governor Gina Raimondo, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Angélica Infante-Green and WaterFire board director, Dr. Barbara Mullen, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer for Providence Public School Department.

The #StayHomeWaterFire will feature virtual live appearances by Lesley University student Morgan Piatek and Class of 2020 high school senior Lily Rhodes, a new COVIDEO TV episode of the bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized Big Nazo puppets’ Adventures in Isolation and closing out the evening with the raucous musical joy of Providence’s street band, the Extraordinary Rendition Band.

Fan generated #StayHomeWaterFire videos from around the world will be posted on social media prior to the event and shared throughout the evening.

There’s also a twenty-four-hour tribute to local COVID-19 victims that WaterFire has created in their memory. The WaterFire Beacon of Hope is a dynamic art installation that illuminates the Main Hall at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. The structure consists of a single brazier surrounded by a field of luminara (lanterns and stars), each memorializing a Rhode Islander lost to COVID-19. Every evening at 8:30 p.m., virtual visitors are invited to watch the lighting ceremony. Due to social distancing orders, the art can only be experienced online here. The installation has a live twenty-four hour feed and can be accessed at any time.

“In this time of such tumult and uncertainty due to COVID-19, where we are celebrating the heroic selflessness of our frontline defenders while also mourning the sad loss of too many of our fellow Rhode Islanders, we wanted to share an on-going place of refuge and reflection… a memorial for those we have lost,” Barnaby Evans says in a release.

As the WaterFire season has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, visitors are invited to participate in tonight’s #StayHomeWaterFire and make a donation to have a dedication message be displayed on the web page. There is also the option to donate a star to be added to the art installation for $100.

Jamie Coelho  contributed to this post.


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