ARTS FIRST Public Art Guidelines

Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival, May 2-5, 2019

Harvard students may create temporary public art projects for outdoor sites during ARTS FIRST in two ways:

Projects proposed for Harvard Yard: vetted, approved, and overseen by the OFA. 


Project concepts will be reviewed for:

  • Artistic quality

  • Feasibility

  • Suitability for outdoor daylight display (including potential safety or vandalism issues)

  • Grounds and accessibility compliance

  • VES or GSD affiliation (preferred)

**NEW FOR 2019** We also welcome proposals for temporary public art projects for the following indoor sites throughout the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue:

  • Arts Wing

  • South Arcade Room

  • Bank Vault Meeting Room in Collaborative Commons

  • First-floor landing of stairway from Arcade to Roof Garden

  • Second-floor walkways, landings, and open air space throughout the Arcade and Welcome Pavilion 

**DEADLINE EXTENDED** Proposals due by December 14, 2018. The maximum funding that may be awarded is $1,500. Please note that the OFA does not provide construction space.

Submit your proposals using this application form.

If you are an artist seeking exhibition space for ARTS FIRST 2019 and have questions about this process, please contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator (orlosky@fas).

Projects at other campus sites (e.g., house courtyards): must be approved by the facility/office with oversight for the specific site. 

If you have a confirmed site, you may complete an AF publicity form (see About the Festival) to list your project in the festival guide. 


[Top: BLOOM, 2014 (Wendy Engler, Nieman Foundation; Ling-Li Tseng, GSD; Aiko Nakano and Fernando Rodríguez, MIT)]