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ARTS FIRST is Harvard's annual showcase of student and faculty creativity. Produced by the OFA, with support from the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, the festival is a public event with many free performances and activities for Harvard and community members of all ages.

Margaret Atwood AM '62, Litt.D. '04 receives the 2014 Harvard Arts Medal. #ARTSFIRST 2014

The Harvard Band kicked off the Performance Fair. #ARTSFIRST 2014

INSIDE OUT, a participatory art installation at Harvard. #ARTSFIRST 2014

The view from Harvard Yard Stage. #ARTSFIRST 2014

Harvard Bhangra at DanceFest. #ARTSFIRST 2014

Harvard students proudly donned their 2014 ARTS FIRST shirts, generously provided by the Harvard Alumni Association.

Vijay Iyer Sextet in concert under the Plaza tent. #ARTSFIRST 2014

Thank you for making ARTS FIRST 2014 a huge success!

Relive your favorite moments from 2014:

Festival highlights: Harvard Crimson | Harvard Arts blog | Facebook photos | Twitter | Party on the Plaza

Margaret Atwood, 2014 Harvard Arts Medal recipient: Harvard Arts blog Interview | Harvard Gazette | Crimson | Boston Globe | Cambridge Wicked Local | Harvard English Department | Facebook photos

Vijay Iyer
: Twitter | Harvard Arts blog

From our Blog

This 'Rhinoceros' is a horn of plenty

by Guest blogger
Opening July 24, HRST's production of Ionesco's absurdist classic provides collaborative freedom for student actors and their director.
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Harvard Summer Pops Band to perform in Cambridge and Boston

by Tom Lee
Concerts on July 24 and 27 will include family favorite "Tubby the Tuba" with soloist Ken Amis.
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    Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival

    May 1: Harvard Arts Medal: Author Margaret Atwood AM '62, Litt.D. '04

    May 2: Party on The Plaza

    May 3: Performance Fair Kickoff: Harvard Dance Project in SEESAW; Harvard Jazz Band; Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Rite of Spring; Welcome by John Lithgow '62 & Harvard Marching Band
    Performance Fair including DanceFest on the Plaza and “Make Art” stations

    May 4: Vijay Iyer Sextet in concert under the Plaza Tent

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    2013 Harvard Arts Medalist: actor, writer, producer Matt Damon '92
    Thursday, 4.25.13

    Party on the Plaza: Dine and Dance with the Nostalgics
    Friday, 4.26.13

    Performance Fair kickoff on the Plaza: MANKIWMANIA (watch the video)
    Saturday, 4.27.13
    Beethoven's 5th (1st movement): River Charles Ensemble with guest conductor Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, assisted by John Lithgow '67 and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. buzz> info>

    Performance Fair, DanceFest on the Plaza, & VES Film Showcase
    120 free events in 4 hours at 12 venues!
    4.27.13

    Free Matt Damon movies on The Plaza
    Good Will Hunting | The Bourne Identity

    Maestro Mankiw

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