Samantha's picks for ARTS FIRST 2018

artNot sure how to choose from more than 100 events at ARTS FIRST 2018? Our blogger has you covered with three highlights she's looking forward to seeing during the annual festival at Harvard. 

By Samantha Neville '19

Paint Harvard Yard
Share your vision of your surroundings on canvas with the Cabot House Third Space team.
Saturday, April 28, 1-5 p.m. FREE
This seems like a really interesting event because it’s a chance to reflect on our relationship to the physical space around us. It’s going to be fascinating seeing all the different visual images people come up with on the canvases. All the different impressions and associations people make with paint. Arts First is about bringing extra color and art to our yard, but this event will bring out the color that is already a part of our campus and ourselves. It’s a great mode of getting the festival attendees to participate, to create art instead of watching or consuming art. A blank canvas is always irresistible to me, and I doubt I’ll be able to resist this event. A great study break: Slow down and express

Silkroad Ensemble, Parker Quartet and Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College
 Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Plaza FREE
This is the kind of event that makes me remember how special the school we go to is. It is also an opportunity to hear music that is from different cultures or styles than we normally hear on campus. I’ve only seen the Silkroad Ensemble once but I was enchanted. It left me wondering about all the music out there that I don’t know about or listen to. I wanted to know and hear so much more. The whole mission of the group is to represent a variety of artistic traditions that we don’t hear in mainstream musical culture in the U.S., and that is really enticing to me. This is my chance to hear more from the Silkroad Ensemble, and to hear the Parker Quartet and the Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College for the first time. This sounds like a collaboration that will produce some unforgettable music.

Kuumba Singers of Harvard College
Present the 48th Annual Dean Archie Epps Spring Concert
Saturday April 28th, 8 p.m. Sanders Theatre (Tickets required.)
Whenever I hear Kuumba singers perform, I am overwhelmed with the talent and spirit in their voices. Their repertoire is not something I had been exposed to before seeing them perform, and I doubt it is something I would have heard had I not watched them perform. I’m excited to see what they perform, and I know it will be top-notch. I feel like I could sing and dance along, if only I knew the words. They make what they do look effortless, but they clearly are very dedicated and care deeply about the music. They are the poetry of the music community.

See also: ARTS FIRST