ARTS FIRST Festival

Arts First logo in purpleEach ARTS FIRST festival is a unique annual celebration of artistic creativity over four day live and on campus. In April 2021, the festival took that uniqueness to a global level with an 11-day lineup (April 19-30) of virtual performances and other events by Harvard students, faculty, alumni and affiliates who are passionate about their many art forms.

Produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, ARTS FIRST 2021 welcomed artists and audiences worldwide to experience live virtual events and video performances presented in spaces on campus, outdoors around Cambridge and across the globe. Dynamic performance showcases celebrated student and Harvard-affiliated artists in a wide variety of music, dance, theater, film and multidisciplinary arts – plus a series of conversations with past Harvard Arts Medalist recipients offered transformative windows into artmaking.

Join us for the next ARTS FIRST April 28-May 1, 2022. 

All the arts. All are welcome.

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

Festival Credits

ARTS FIRST 2021 Advisory Committee

Jack Megan, Director, Office for the Arts
Alicia Anstead NF ‘08, Associate Director for Programming, Office for the Arts
Marin Orlosky ‘07-‘08, ARTS FIRST Coordinator, Office for the Arts
Julie Crites, Harvard Common Spaces
Tara Benedict, University Marshal’s Office
Lara Adams, Harvard Common Spaces
Eve Alpern, Harvard Ed Portal
Tina Bowen, Office for the Arts
Philana Brown, Harvard Ed Portal
Jason Luke, FAS Physical Resources
Brittany Mitzner, Dean of Students Office
Tracey Daley, Harvard Common Spaces
Ruth Polleys, Office for the Arts
Molly Ryan, Harvard Art Museums
Ray Traietti, Office for the Arts
Matthew Weinberg, Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research

Student Producers

Allison Chang ‘23
Mari Chen-Fiske ‘23
Danielle Davis ‘21
Madi Fabber ‘22
Audrey Jones ‘23
Kiyeon Lee ‘21

ARTS FIRST Intern

Angel Hoyang '22