Providence, RI: WaterFire Providence announces the 2016 WaterFire season which currently includes nine full lightings and one partial lighting.
As sponsorship develops, WaterFire will announce additional lightings and programming -- watch for updates on the WaterFire Providence website (www.waterfire.org), Facebook page (http://facebook.com/waterfireprovidence) and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/waterfireprov).
“We are really pleased to announce the 2016 WaterFire season which will present many of our most popular events as well as some exciting new surprises,” remarked Barnaby Evans, WaterFire’s creator and executive artistic director.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will return to Washington Street for most full lightings with local artists presenting and selling their work. Food vendors will be located on Washington, College and Steeple Streets and National Grid will be providing charging stations for the public to use to power up their mobile devices for free throughout the installation again this year. Nursing Placement will return as WaterFire Providence’s official First Aid Station provider. Visitors can pick up a brochure/map in many local hotels or at the event at one of WaterFire Providence’s guest greeter stations or at the WaterFire Store on Canal Street that lists all events and activities throughout the day and evening.
WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence webpage (http://waterfire.org/visit/plan-your-trip-to-providence/) is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants and other local attractions. Ignite Providence (http://igniteprovidence.com) is a WaterFire curated website presenting activities and events in and around Providence on WaterFire weekends that helps visitors explore a longer stay in the Creative Capital.
Saturday, May 21st
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 8:05 p.m.
Sponsored by The MET High School, Celebrating 20 Years
Saturday, May 28th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:11 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America
Saturday, June 18th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:24 p.m.
Sponsored by CVS Health Charity Classic and The Providence Journal
Saturday, July 9th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:22 p.m.
Sponsored by Amica Insurance with the generous support of the Textron Charitable Trust
Saturday, July 23rd
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:12 p.m.
Sponsored by Cox Business
Saturday, August 6th – Hep C Hope: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
Sponsored by HepCHope.com
Saturday, August 20th
Full Lighting – Sunset 7:37 p.m.
Sponsored by Fidelity Investments and National Grid
Saturday, September 24th
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:38 p.m.
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute & US-China Institute at Bryant University andNortek
Saturday, October 1st – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:26 p.m.
Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and Lifetime Medical
Saturday, November 5th – WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:34 p.m.
2016 Season Sponsors: Bank of America, The City of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza, Cox Communications, CVS Health Charity Classic, Dominion Power and Energy, Emery’s Catering, iHeart Media Providence, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, HepCHope.com, IGT, Lifetime Medical, National Grid, Nortek, Nursing Placement, The Providence Journal, The Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, TRAC Builders, Waste Management, WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show
2016 Co-Lead Fire Sponsors: Amica Insurance, Confucius Institute and US-China Institute at Bryant University, Cox Business, Fidelity Investments, Textron Charitable Trust
2016 Media Sponsors: Cox Media, Cumulus Media: News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM and Talk and Business 790 AM, iHeart Media Providence, The Providence Journal, WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show
2016 Basin and Partial Fire Sponsors: Dunkin’ Donuts - Slam Dunk WaterFire, The MET School - Celebrating 20 Years
WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2016 season with potential open dates including September 3rd, September 17th and October 15th.
“WaterFire offers one of the most powerful opportunities anywhere for corporations and other organizations to engage their customers and communities. We create unforgettable customer experiences tailor-made for sponsors’ needs,” Says Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development.
Contact Bronwyn@waterfire.org for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.Each year WaterFire attracts nearly 1 million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the city. Annually, WaterFire activity creates $113 million in economic output for local businesses, generates over $9 million of tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supports 1,294 jobs for community residents.
WaterFire _Providence is a 501(c)3 independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. Created in 1994 by the artist Barnaby Evans, each year approximately one million visitors come to Providence to experience WaterFire making it one of the largest tourist attractions in the State of Rhode Island and Southern New England region.
For more information about WaterFire Providence, please visit http://waterfire.org or call 401-273-1155.
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