Letter from the Director, Jack Megan
In the words of Bob Marley, “We’re jammin’!”
As in “Harvard JAMS”—our recently completed Wintersession Arts and Media Seminars—which drew hundreds of students for lectures on film scoring, television production, arts management, contemporary art curating, and comedy. Nothing makes a student’s dream of a life in the arts more tangible than interacting with Harvard alumni/ae and role models.
Our JAMS presenters included 20th Century Fox Music President Robert Kraft ’76, “Lost” scriptwriter and show runner Carlton Cuse ’81, Museum of Fine Arts Boston Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jen Mergel ’98, Speakeasy Stage Company executive James Torres ’83, Opera Boston General Manager Lesley Koenig ’78, Jacob’s Pillow Dance General Manager Connie Chin ‘79, the prolific humorist and creator of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Andy Borowitz ‘80, and scriptwriter Monica Henderson Beletsky ’99. The OFA also presented Wintersession programs in dance, ceramics, and art conservation.
Of course, Harvard arts are jamming in other ways, too. The New College Theatre has just been renamed Farkas Hall in honor of an extraordinarily generous gift made by Andrew Farkas ’82 of New York City. The OFA Dance Program under Jill Johnson is producing a series of master classes featuring major figures of contemporary dance—Ohad Naharin and Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo. The OFA Ceramics Studio has just completed the installation of six new kilns, made possible by the studio’s wonderful friends, in particular Alice and Walter Abrams.
And guess what’s just around the corner: ARTS FIRST 2012. Twenty years ago, Harvard’s Master of the Arts John Lithgow was quoted in “Arts Spectrum”: “I even have a pipe dream that someday there may be a kind of Harvard-Radcliffe arts festival…something along the lines of the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles.” We celebrate all 20 spectacular years from Thursday to Sunday, April 26 to 29. I hope we will see you there!
Director, Office for the Arts at Harvard