Each ARTS FIRST festival is a unique annual celebration of the Harvard community's artistic creativity. We invite you to join us for ARTS FIRST 2022 on April 28-May 1, 2022! We look forward to welcoming you to a variety of in-person, hybrid, and virtual events showcasing the creativity of the Harvard arts community through performances, art exhibitions and art-making activities. 

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

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.

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 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
Julia Do '25
Madi Fabber ‘22
Taylor Fang '25
Angel Hoyang '22
Audrey Jones ‘23
Jessica Shand '22
Bryant Valenzuela '25