Artmaking in the Houses

Artmaking is everywhere at Harvard including right where you live: in Harvard’s residential Houses. Each House offers many opportunities to make, discover and enjoy the arts. The Office for the Arts works to support these opportunities through a variety of services including:

  • Professional visual arts and theater expertise to assist with
    • managing maker space, including best practices, supply needs, equipment maintenance
    • programming maker space aligning with best practices in the field
    • providing professional instructors to run a range of workshops to fit house space/interest and need
  • Support in theater production including
    • outfitting a non-theatrical space, as well as offering shop trainings, design advising, consultations on house events and risk management
  • Support in theatrical administrative including
    • obtaining space, rights, finance/budgeting, marketing
  • Assisting in planning/arranging guest artist engagement including
    • working with agents/managers, writing letters of agreement, negotiating honorariums, booking itineraries, reservations and venues
  • Providing funding support for events/programming

For general inquiries about OFA programs/services and possible funding to support art in the Houses contact Stephanie Troisi, Student Services Coordinator, at troisi@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.8895)

For inquiries regarding guest artist programming contact Alicia Anstead, Associate Director of Programming at anstead@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.1924.

For inquiries regarding the visual arts contact Kathy King, Director, Ceramics Program at kking@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.8680.

For inquiries regarding theater production contact Tom Morgan, Technical Director for College Theater, at tmorgan@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.8717.

For inquiries regarding theatrical administrative support contact Dana Knox, Production Coordinator OFA at danaknox@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.8727.

Examples of OFA arts in the Houses programming/engagement:

Ceramics/Visual Arts Programming: Cabot (Third Space, ongoing Programming), Currier (Figure Drawing), Leverett (Ceramics and Printmaking Workshops), Quincy (Pottery Studio)

Theater: (Adams Pool Theater, Cabot House Musical, Leverett Library Theater, Lowell House Opera)

Adams House

Bow&Arrow
Holoworthy House study break at Bow & Arrow Press (Adams House) February 2019
Drama | Visual Art | Music | Poetry | Bow & Arrow Press (contact: bowandarrowpress@gmail.com) | Adams Pool Theater (contact: pooltheatre@gmail.com) | Adams ARTspace (contact: Rekha raugustenelson@gsd.harvard.edu or Savannah savannahnoray@hks.harvard.edu)

Cabot House 

The Third Space (student-run art studio, including ceramics) | Pianos in most living rooms | 2 practice rooms available by key from building manager 

Currier House

Art Studio (located in the Treehouse; OFA Figure Drawing course held here) | Fishbowl (parties, dances, meetings, study-card signings, concerts, theater) | Mousehole (grand piano) | Dance Studio | Practice rooms | 2 pianos available in the mousehole

Dudley Community and GSAS Student Center 

Dudley Arts | Art classes | Dance | Knitting | Crafts | Film Series | Exhibitions in Café Gato Rojo 

Dunster House

Music | Music rooms | Drama 

Eliot House

Art Studio | Dance Studio | Golden Arm/Movie | Practice spaces (piano, harpsichord, drums, bands, Tower Room with a grand piano donated by Leonard Bernstein) | Recording studio | Woodshop

Kirkland House

Drama Society | Film Society | Music Practice Rooms | Media Room

Leverett House 

Leverett Library Theater | Arts Society: Drama SocietyVisual Arts, Music Society, Film Society,Coffeehouse | Music room | Yamaha digital piano, grand piano, and other pianos

Lowell House 

Bells | Music Practice Rooms | Lowell House Opera Society

Mather House

Music practice rooms (piano and harpsichord) | Pottery Studio | Wood-Turning Studio | Three Columns Gallery | Chamber Music at Mather House (OPPORTUNITIES FOR: small instrumental ensembles; early music ensembles; vocal ensembles; flute and recorder consorts; harpsichord classes; figured bass; accompanying string quartets; piano duets; piano trios and more. A fee of $110 per semester is required of all participants. Participation in a second ensemble available for a $75 additional fee. Open to groups already formed and to individuals who would like to join an ensemble. Individual instruction can be arranged. For more information contact Dr. Na'ama Lion, Director of Chamber Music at Mather, at 617-244-4974 or lion@fas, to arrange for your audition. Auditions by appointment. Contact Dr. Lion.)

Pforzheimer House

Art spaces: Art studio, Dance studio (Pfojo) | Piano Holmes Living Room for practice 

Quincy House

4 Pianos | Practice Spaces (solo or ensemble) | Visual Art Space | Underground Gallery | Pottery Studio

All art spaces are wheelchair accessible.

Winthrop House 

Piano in Tompkins Room 

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