‘Beacon Of Hope’ Ends July 31

The WaterFire ‘Beacon of Hope’ installation will be closing Friday, July 31st. Big thanks to Barnaby Evans for this beautiful and moving tribute.

Each evening when the RI Department of Health reports Rhode Islanders lost to COVID-19 that day, a ceremony takes place, lighting individual luminaria to honor those community members, starting at 8:30pm.

The Beacon of Hope installation at the WaterFire Arts Center is open for daytime public viewing from noon to 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday, as well as 24/7 live streaming on the WaterFire website. Don’t forget to click on the live soundtrack.

There will be evening hours, 8pm to 9:30pm, so visitors can experience the illuminated Beacon of Hope and daily ceremony: Wednesday July 22, Thursday July 23, Wednesday July 29, and Thursday July 30.

Under Phase III of Reopening RI guidelines, the WaterFire team has begun to plan and schedule events and exhibitions at the WaterFire Arts Center. July will be the conclusion of the current form of the organization’s COVID-19 art installation with plans to create a remembrance on the exterior grounds of the WaterFire Arts Center and on the WaterFire Providence website.

One way to show your appreciation is by making a donation.

WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, (directions)


This image from earlier today shows how the number of luminaria has increased.

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