WaterFire Arts Center Ribbon Burning
The center is meant to be a home base for both WaterFire Providence and the community.
The WaterFire Arts Center is now an open flame, officially visible to the public at 475 Valley St. in Providence. At a ribbon-burning ceremony (yes, you read that right) on Monday morning, the center was officially introduced to the Creative Capital by a series of speakers. An eager crowd dotted with red balloons and armed with cell phone cameras watched as the red fabric of the ribbon went up in flames, eliminating the barrier between the audience and the building’s entrance.
The center is meant to be a home base for both WaterFire Providence and the community. With WaterFire offices and storage, educational spaces, an indoor and outdoor deck, gift shop and plenty of versatile space, the center will further kindle the city’s artistic identity. The multi-purpose space can be used for anything from chorus rehearsals to computer classes, and is “WaterFire 2.0” in the words of WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans.
The structure joins the Steel Yard, the Foundry and other Olneyville spots as a rehabilitated industrial building. For more information, visit artscenter.waterfire.org.