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2018

Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot
Bliss Celebrations Guide, June 6th, 2018
Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors of the space inspired Karen Taddei of Lilacs to choose her signature green and white floral palette with pops of burgundy and silver accents…

See how this historic R.I. building became a multiuse cultural center
Design New England, May 1st, 2018
Forty feet of railroad track embedded in the floor of the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence serves as an eloquent reminder of this repurposed building’s role in the heyday of Rhode Island industrialization. A 22-foot-tall door at one end of the giant space allowed locomotives to enter what was the US Rubber Factory with raw material from Brazil, which was unloaded by a rolling gantry crane before the train exited through a door on the opposite wall…

Recap: Bloom Providence
Specialty Coffee Association New, April 20th, 2018
Tucked neatly between two rattling New England Nor’Easters and hosted in the ever-quaint Providence, RI, the most recent Bloom Event saw the gathering of approximately 125 coffee professionals from all over New England, the Tri-State Area and beyond. As the flood of morning light poured into the Waterfire Arts Center, so did attendees anxious to spend time together, share coffee stories, and consider the material on the schedule to be presented…

Rosa Parks exhibit of controversial Detroit house reopening
Detroit Free Press, April 19th, 2018
After stirring deep emotions and controversy, a Detroit house connected to civil rights figure Rosa Parks has found a home — for now. The small, wood-framed house will stay put at least until the beginning of June at the WaterFire Art Center in Providence, R.I., where Brown University had planned to display it until the Ivy League school abruptly canceled the exhibit…

‘Rosa Parks House’ to be on display at WaterFire Arts Center this weekend
The Providence Journal, March 28th, 2018
The public will have a chance after all to view the previously canceled “Rosa Parks House Project,” featuring a house formerly owned by Parks’ brother in Detroit, where the civil rights icon lived when she first moved to the city…

2017

WaterFire Arts Center opening completes $13.7M renovation
Providence Business News, November 24th, 2017
The new WaterFire Arts Center opened its doors to the public this past summer, marking completion of a $13.7 million renovation to a former factory building. Originally built in 1930, the building was used for storage by U.S. Rubber Corp. before the company ceased operations in 1975…

The New-New Olneyville
Providence Monthly, October 23rd, 2017
One of the most exciting developments has been the arrival of WaterFire to the neighborhood. The crown jewel in Providence’s recurring cultural events lineup debuted its new Arts Center on Valley Street this past spring, in a former U.S. Rubber plant from 1929. The current state-of-the-art space houses the organization’s offices, fleet of trucks and supplies and hosts events for WaterFire and countless partners, as well as classes and lectures…

Providence Fringe Festival bringing more than 300 artists to R.I.
The Providence Journal, July 20th, 2017
[T]the fourth annual Providence Fringe Festival, or FringePVD, arrives Monday, July 24, and runs through Saturday, July 29, with more than 300 artists presenting music, theater, dance, comedy, magic, and multimedia performances. There’s a heavy-metal opera. An interactive bingo game. A birthday party. And a few things that defy easy description…

WaterFire Arts Center Ribbon Burning
Rhode Island Monthly, June 19th, 2017
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…

WaterFire Providence forges a broader future in new arts center
The Providence Journal, June 16th, 2017
When WaterFire Providence embarked on a $13.7-million redevelopment of a former U.S. Rubber Co. factory, the nonprofit group’s leaders envisioned a home that would do more than help them fuel the flames of their popular art installation on the city’s rivers…

Tax district near downtown Providence could fuel local improvements
The Providence Journal, June 9th, 2017
Across the Woonasquatucket River, at 475 Valley St., WaterFire Providence is transforming an old factory building into a $13.7-million arts center. WaterFire founder Barnaby Evans has shared his vision for renovating several bridges that would connect the new projects on either side of the Woonasquatucket, and for expanding a walking path along the river…

2016

WaterFire receives $250K grant from Champlin Foundations
Providence Business News, November 18th, 2016
WaterFire received a $250,000 grant from The Champlin Foundations on Thursday to help fund its “Inspire, Imagine, Ignite – The Campaign for WaterFire” capital fundraising initiative, the public phase of which launched Thursday evening during the second annual FireBall…

WaterFire Arts Center launched with complex fuel
The Providence Journal, November 13th, 2016
When the nonprofit venture WaterFire bought the long-vacant former U.S. Rubber factory to renovate into the WaterFire Arts Center, determining how to finance the $13.7-million project challenged lawyers, bankers, community-development experts and nonprofit-agency leaders…

WaterFire to show off nascent arts center
The Providence Journal, November 3rd, 2016
Inside a cavernous, former U.S. Rubber plant building that WaterFire is renovating, founder Barnaby Evans talks of preserving the past while building the future. Amid an active construction site, Evans points upward to a 15-ton rolling gantry crane. He hopes it will operate once more, but not for its traditional industrial purpose…

2013

New WaterFire Art Center Rocks
Motif Magazine, August 20th, 2013
On August 16, Providence’s newest art space, the WaterFire Art Center, opened its doors to the public for the first time. Located at 475 Valley Street, the center is part of WaterFire’s new headquarters at the former U.S. Rubber factory. Noting an absence of places for regional artists to fabricate and display large-scale works, WaterFire envisions the massive 28,000 square foot space as an arts incubator for projects and performances of a scale that simply wouldn’t be possible elsewhere…

 

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