#StayHomeWaterFire Tonight and New Virtual Art Installation at the WaterFire Arts Center

Watch a special performance tonight 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 special live-streamed event for tonight, May 1 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 involve performances from local singers and entertainers and be hosted by Ashley Erling, executive producer of “The Rhode Show” and Ed Cabral, manger of sponsorships and public relations.

#StayHomeWaterFire includes performances by jazz singer Rose Weaver, Joe Pari and Eric Auger from Ten31 Productions, Liz Knights from Cirque de Light, singer-songwriter Brian McKenzie and Erminio Pinque from Big Nazo. Special moments will also be shared by community members around the world, and there will a special #StayHomeWaterFire version of a WaterFire lighting ceremony.

WaterFire creator and executive artistic director Barnaby Evans will also share details about the future of WaterFire and the role of art to connect people during this global crisis.

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 also contributed to this post.


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