Grab your paddles to help WaterFire and Roger Williams University light up the river during WaterFire on
Saturday, September 28th
In a year of milestone anniversary celebrations and an ever-expanding focus on serving individuals and communities across Rhode Island – through our Community Partnerships Center, the Pro Bono Collaborative at RWU Law, the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and more – Roger Williams University has signed on to sponsor a full lighting of WaterFire Providence on the evening of .
What is WaterFire?
WaterFire is an award-winning sculpture installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence and has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s eighty sparkling bonfires, fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.
To learn more please visit waterfire.org
What is Clear Currents?
WaterFire's Clear Currents commemorates the opening of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow; an initiative that has greatly improved the water quality throughout the bay area. Each year, the Overflow Bypass Tunnel prevents one billion+ gallons of untreated sewage from entering the Woonasquatucket River and the Narragansett Bay. So you are not only participating in a wonderful artistic event, but an important initiative for our community.
On September 28th, the Clear Currents portion of the evening's WaterFire event will incorporate 80+ illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The light from these brightly colored fish will beautifully compliment the 80 wood burning braziers installed on the river!
How Can You Help?
WaterFire Providence is looking for experienced paddlers, who own a canoe or kayak, to sign up and join us as participants in this unique on-the-water event. Here's your chance to play an active role in this truly unique work of art! Don't miss this opportunity to experience WaterFire up close and personal from right on the river!
All participants must be an experienced paddler and 18+
All participants must be prepared to paddle the entire duration (with breaks) of the Clear Currents event. The Koi Fish play an integral part in the art at WaterFire that evening.
- Participants must provide their own canoe/kayak, paddle(s) and personal flotation device(s).
- WaterFire Providence will provide the illuminated fish and all appropriate mounting devices. The illuminated fish will be installed in/on your canoe or kayak in a temporary, non-destructive fashion. No physical alterations will be made to your boat!
- All participants will receive an email with detailed logistical information during the week prior to the day of the event.
- All participants are required to complete a WaterFire Release and Waiver of Liability Form prior to launching their boat on the river.
When & Where
WaterFire Providence® is an 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.