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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.


The 2015 Harvard Arts Medal ceremony honored former New York City Ballet principal dancer and arts leader Damian Woetzel MPA ‘07.

The Harvard Band kicked off the Performance Fair.

Deep Wounds, a large scale digital/video installation in Memorial Hall's Trancept and part of the Harvard Civil War Project.

There's something for everyone at #ARTSFIRST.

Harvard Breakers performed at DanceFest on the Plaza.

Harvard Ballet Company performed in Swan Lake: For The Birds!, at "American Girl Book Club" and at DanceFest in #ARTSFIRST 2015.

Harvard Medical School's Chamber Music Society performed on Sunday, May 3 in the JBM Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, HMS

The Opportunes performed on the Yard Stage during the Performance Fair.

George Ko '16 played Chopin in Memorial Church during the Performance Fair.

From the Harvard Arts Blog

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