About the Festival


ARTS FIRST is May 2-5, 2019 at Harvard University.
Read about this year's festival lineup here!




ARTS FIRST can't happen without a team of amazing volunteers! If you are interested in being a part of ARTS FIRST 2019 and experiencing working at Harvard’s longest-running arts festival, please fill out our volunteer application. Volunteers help set up, clean up, greet audience members, hand out guides, and keep performance venues running smoothly. All volunteers will get a free ARTS FIRST t-shirt!


The deadline has passed to perform in the 2019 ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, on Saturday May 4, 1-5pm in various locations around Harvard Yard.
Applications for ARTS FIRST 2020 will be posted in October.

The deadline has passed to publicize your arts event happening on Harvard's campus between May 2-5, 2019 in the ARTS FIRST Guide and website. Applications for ARTS FIRST 2020 will be posted in October.


Funding for your ARTS FIRST project is available through the OFA's Project Grant Program. The deadline for Spring 2019 Project Grants has passed.

Questions? Contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator, at orlosky@fas.