Slater Mill sponsors a variety of public programs, to allow visitors to experience the campus from a perspective that matches their own interests.

Special events in the arts, themed tours in history, paranormal programming, programs for children and families, arts and music festivals, and other special interest programming, is planned throughout the year.

Come back to this page, and view our Calendar, for updates on Slater Mill events.

Art New England – Museums Edition Reception

May 15, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.

Join Slater Mill and the Art New England staff in celebrating its May/June 2014 issue, featuring “Focus On: Rhode Island!”

Meet ANE staff and fellow members of the New England art community.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and great conversation!

RSVP to by Thursday, May 8.

ANE Cover

AUREA at Slater Mill

The Alchemy of Words and Music

Mondays – April 7, May 19, June 2

7:00 p.m.

60 minute performance, followed by a talk-back and reception with the artists

$25.00 adults
$20.00 seniors
$5.00 with student I.D.

April 7  –  Melville and the Great White Whale

Words of Melville & Nathaniel Hawthorne / Music of Beethoven & Webern

May 19 – Darwin at Sea
Words of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” / Music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven

June 2 –  Rhapsody on a Windy Night  (Aurea Debut)
Words of Baudelaire and T.S. Eliot / Original score by Eliane Aberdam

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The Mother of All Strikes: The 1824 Textile Worker Turnout

Exhibit open through July 31


The first organized factory strike in the United States occurred in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1824, led by women textile workers who were targeted for pay cuts.  This exhibit looks back at the week of May 24 – 31, 1824 as a historic narrative, and its interpretation will be enhanced by the perspective of five contemporary artists who will present their own take on the theme.

This exhibition will be installed on the historic Slater Mill factory floor, where a physical connection may be made with the origins of the labor movement.  It is part of the regular Slater Mill museum tour admission, or $5.00 per person for an exhibit-only admission.

On Friday, June 13, Slater Mill will host labor historian Aviva Chomsky, who will speak on the subject of Labor Relations between Central Falls and Latin America – in cooperation with RISD Desine Lab’s 2014 Design-Build Academy.

On Wednesday, June 25, Slater Mill will host a lecture by Ned Draper on the history of the Draper family business, the Draper Loom, and the Industrial Revolution – also in cooperation with RISD Desine Lab’s 2014 Design-Build Academy.

A Grande Fete by the River

May 31, 2014
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Annual spring fundraiser to benefit Slater Mill’s Educational Scholarship Program.

Live Jazz by the Paul Broadnax Trio
Signature cocktails
Candle-lit open-house-style tours
Campus-wide luminaria
Artisan marketplace

An auction-free event!

$50.00 and up

Grande Fete e-Vite

Lecture by Aviva Chomsky
Labor Relations between Central Falls and Latin America

Friday, June 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Aviva Chomsky, labor historian and author of international renown, will speak at Slater Mill to coincide with the Mother of All Strikes exhibition.  Offered as part of RISD Desine Lab’s Summer 2014 Design Build Academy in Central Falls.

Slater Mill

Weaving Traditions of the Ocean State:
An exhibition of the Handweavers Guild of Rhode Island

Opens Sunday, June 15, 2014

Timed to coincide with the national conference of the Handweavers’ Guild of America, slated for Providence in mid-July, this exhibition celebrates the heritage of hand-weaving in Rhode Island, and the fine work of Rhode Island’s Guild members over the years.  Items will include table linens, towels, coverlets and blankets, rag rugs, curtains, shawls, and other items for the home, woven under a traditional design influence.

Sylvanus Brown House, June 15 – July 20, 2014


Lecture by Ned Draper
It’s Family Business – Draper Mills, Textiles, and the Peculiarities of Family Business

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Edward “Ned” Draper of R.I. School of Design, presents a lecture and discussion about the development of the Draper Mills, textile industry expansion, and how family dynamics can shape the industrial and post -industrial business models.   Ned  is a descendant of the Drapers —  manufacturers of the Draper Loom in Hopedale MA.

Slater Mill

Presented in partnership with RISD Desine Lab’s summer design-build academy in Central Falls.

Free, and open to the public

S.A.M FEST 2014:
Slater’s Ar(t)checture and Manufacture Festival

Saturday of Pawtucket Art Festival opening weekend

September 5 –  Taste of the Blackstone Gala

September 6 –  S.A.M Fest 2014

September 7 –  TBA

Slater Mill Historic Site / Hodgson Park
Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island



AUREA presents “Not About Heroes”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Musical / theatrical presentation featuring the Aurea chamber music ensemble
7:00 p.m.

Mixed-Magic Theater presents a preview of
“The Blackstone River Song”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet the characters / experience the process of creating a theatrical work



TradArts Studio – Launch Event

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Free open house -
Demonstrations  in weaving, spinning, knitting, and other fiber arts
Live acoustic music
Information on fall classes
Meet the teachers

Registration by fee -
Knitwear designer salon
Trunk show and lecture / lesson
Kit with pattern and materials available