ARTS FIRST Festival

Arts First logo in purpleEach 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 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