Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting other globally minded people.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly guest speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.

Save the date and register early for 

An Evening with Barnaby Evans!

Thursday, December 7th

at the Agawam Hunt Club

Barnaby Evans, the creator of Providence's "WaterFire", is a multi-talented creative force whose contributions as an artist, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker have garnered him international recognition.

Barnaby will talk to us about how WaterFire and other urban arts initiatives are changing the way people experience their cities. He will also and share with us his latest projects.

WaterFire has been discussed in hundreds of articles and included in symposia in Helsinki, Barcelona, Montreal, Seoul, New Zealand, Amsterdam, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. WaterFire has also been studied and written about in numerous urban studies and public art books, as well as appearing in novels, poems, and narrative films.

Come meet Barnaby Evans and celebrate the holiday season with other WACRI members.

About Barnaby Evans

Barnaby Evans is an artist who works in many media including site-specific sculpture installations, photography, film, garden design, architectural projects, writing and conceptual works. 

He received his Bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science from Brown University in 1975. Evans was the 2003/2004 Artist in Residence at MIT and also taught courses at the Urban Studies Department at MIT on the impact of ephemera on the urban environment. 

Awards and Honors

Barnaby Evans was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Brown University and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by Rhode Island College both in 2000. 

Evans has also received the Aaron Siskind Fellowship in Photography, several fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Silver Prize for Colour Photography at the International Triennial Exhibition (in Switzerland) and Providence’s Renaissance Award in 1997.

He also received the 2003 Kevin Lynch Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and WaterFire was honored with the 2003 Rudy S. Bruner Silver Award for Urban Excellence from the for the renaissance of its downtown. 

In 2010, Evans was honored with a Distinguished Service to the Arts Award from the National Governors Association. 


Agawam Hunt Club

East Providence, Rhode Island


6:00 PM Social hour

6:45 PM Dinner

7:30 Presentation

8:30 Adjourn


Members $50

Non Members $58

Presentation Only $15

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