• Arts First 2019

    CANCELED: ARTS FIRST Festival April 30-May 3, 2020

    We look forward to seeing you at ARTS FIRST April 29-May 2, 2021!

While ours students are no longer on campus and the hundreds of live arts events scheduled for ARTS FIRST April 30-May 3 have been canceled due to COVID-19, the spirit of the festival lives on. We invite you to visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we will be posting images and videos from past festivals. Got ARTS FIRST images of your own from the past? Post them with the hashtags #ARTSFIRST #makeart and #makeartathome to join our community celebration. 

Also, we have several digital initiatives!

Please take a moment to find out how you can Make Art at Home.

And enjoy a playlist of videos created by Harvard students and affiliates who were scheduled to participate in ARTS FIRST this year. 

We thank our students, partners and audience members for your understanding -- and for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for ARTS FIRST. We’re here for you and because of you, and we will continue to find a way to make art despite the challenges we are all facing. Join us next year for ARTS FIRST 2021: Thursday, April 29-Sunday, May 2, 2021.

If you have any questions, concerns or thoughts to share, please contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator:, 617-495-8699.

Best regards and stay safe,

Jack Megan, Director of the Office for the Arts
Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator

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.