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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

From the Harvard Arts Blog

Dance Program: Fall 2014

by Emily Vides
With master classes, credit and co-curricular courses, and performances, Dance at Harvard has something for everyone this semester.
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Learning From Performers: 2014-15

by Tom Lee
Actor/vocalist Carolee Carmello, jazz notables Regina Carter and Branford Marsalis, and pianist Jonathan Biss are on roster for OFA's visiting artist program.
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    Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival

    Dec 3: Public art in Harvard Yard proposals due. Guidelines

    Dec. 19 (Priority Deadline): Festival guide publicity submissions due; submit a publicity form. Final Deadline: Jan. 28

    Dec. 19 (Priority Deadline): Performance Fair or Dance Fest applications to perform due. Final Deadline: Jan. 28

    Jan. 28: Applications to volunteer as stage managers, producers, greeters, etc., due.

    ARTS FIRST grants available. Deadline TBD.

    May 1, 2014: Harvard Arts Medal: Author Margaret Atwood AM '62, Litt.D. '04

    May 2, 2014: Party on The Plaza

    May 3, 2014: 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, 2014: Vijay Iyer Sextet in concert under the Plaza Tent

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