ARTS FIRST Festival

Each ARTS FIRST Festival is a unique annual celebration of the Harvard community's artistic creativity. We invite you to join us for the next ARTS FIRST: April 27-30, 2023! We look forward to welcoming you as we showcase the creativity of the Harvard arts community through performances, art exhibitions and art-making activities. 

All the arts. All are welcome.

Please note that plans for on-campus live performances are subject to change based on evolving university COVID policies.

ARTS FIRST is Harvard's annual showcase of student, faculty, and Harvard affiliate 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 2022 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
Lara Adams, Harvard Common Spaces
Eve Alpern, Harvard Ed Portal
Ana Barros, Harvard Art Museums
Tara Benedict, University Marshal’s Office
Tina Bowen, Office for the Arts
Philana Brown, Harvard Ed Portal
Lily Castro, Dean of Students Office
Sheryl Chen, Theater Dance & Media
Julie Crites, Harvard Common Spaces
Tracey Daley, Harvard Common Spaces
Rachel DeLucas, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Dana Knox, Office for the Arts
Jason Luke, FAS Physical Resources
Ruth Polleys, Office for the Arts
Blake Rivera, Harvard Business School
Cong Tony Sun, Phillips Brooks House Association
Ray Traietti, Office for the Arts
Matthew Weinberg, Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research

Student Producers

Allison Chang ‘23
Mari Chen-Fiske ‘23
Caroline Cooper '23
Julia Do '25
Madi Fabber ‘22
Taylor Fang '25
Angel Hoyang '22
Audrey Jones ‘23
Kyra Mo '25
Abbi Powers '25
Jessica Shand '22
Bryant Valenzuela '25