20 Years of Sound + Vision:


It’s the BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BASH of the year and you’re asking, “Just how big is it?” Well it’s a two-day party, so we’d say it’s pretty big. Be part of the vision and join Rhode Island Public Radio and our presenting sponsor, CVS Health, for this two-night arts-immersive experience that shines a spotlight on our creative community and the role art plays in civil discourse and civic engagement.



Friday May 18, 2018

At The Steel Yard l 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909
Door open at 7 pm

On Night One, RIPR is proud to join forces with The Steel Yard to open the Art of Rebellion portion of our 20 Years of Sound + Vision experience. With a live iron pour, master glassblower Ian Silvia from Gather Glass, celebrity bartender, John Richard from The Avery, and live music from the one and only Neutral Nation, this night has it all…packaged up in TSY’s industrial arts center. We’ll see you there!

7:00 pm

Doors open and it’s on all night!

  • The iron pour led by Alaina Mahoney and James Lentz begins
  • Ian Silvia and his team from Gather Glass create the Sound + Vision orbs
  • Thirsty Productions provides the soundtrack for the first half of your art and foodie experience
  • Experience the gastronomical delights of Hometown Poke, Reds Street Kitchen, and Portu-Galo
  • Slake your thirst with John Richard from The Avery and try our signature drink, The Mango en Fuego
  • Explore the open studios of Steel Yard artists
  • Take home a memento and buy a Sound + Vision orb from Gather Glass
  • Leave part of you behind and purchase a leaf to be hung permanently on The Giving Tree
9:00 pm
  • The open air night club opens

9:20 pm
  • Lolita Black ratchets up the heat and kicks off the live music
10:30 pm
  • Neutral Nation storms the stage and brings the night to a punkglorious and rebellious end


Saturday, May 19, 2018

At the WaterFire Arts Center l 475 Valley St, Providence, RI 02908
Private Cocktail Reception for Sponsors of $500 and above begins at 6 pm

Doors open for Main Event at 7 pm

On Night Two of our birthday party, RIPR is proud to join forces with The WaterFire Arts Center for the Culture of Storytelling portion of our 20 Years of Sound + Vision experience. Featuring the legendary Len Cabral as our Official Storyteller for the evening, we will welcome Rose Weaver, Sokeo Ros, Kanina, and many other extraordinary performers for an evening that celebrates our rich cultural heritage while showcasing the powerful and compelling ways artists and performers bring stories to life.

6:00 pm
  • Private champagne reception for sponsors of $500 and above with champagne gifted by Bottles
  • Hugo Gonzalez and Czesare Santana perform classic and traditional South American music

7:00 pm

7:15 pm

  • Len Cabral: story + intro of first featured artist
  • First artist performs: Kanina
  • Food stations open

7:50 pm

8:10 pm

8:45 pm

9:00 pm

  • Len Cabral: introduces RIPR CEO Torey Malatia and Board Chair Bill Stone
  • Surprises abound

9:15 pm

  • African drummer Sidy Maiga performs

9:45 pm

  • Headliner artist performs: Rose Weaver and her Honeysuckle Rose Band

10:30 pm

  • The grand finale with ERB
This is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. We seek to raise in excess of $200,000 to strengthen public service journalism and expand our reporting in Rhode Island and Southeastern MA. Your ticket and sponsorships purchases as well as outright contributions will be immediately invested in reporting on the stories that impact our communities and affect us all. Thank you for your belief in RIPR as a journalism outlet that puts you and facts first.

Fair market value of each ticket is $125

Valid ID required for alcohol service at all events

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working with you.

One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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Please contact Erin Isabella, Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship at 401.519.0238 or erin@ripr.org.