Office for the Arts at Harvard - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following Harvard University's responses regarding coronavirus on March 10, the Office for the Arts at Harvard has suspended all public events for the duration of the spring 2020 semester, including the annual ARTS FIRST Festival. Thee College has posted a list of important FAQs, including help with traveling and shipping, for students. Below are answers to questions specific to the Office for the Arts, arts programming and students interested in the arts. 

FAQs (updated March 12)

The following list addresses the OFA specifically and offers contacts for you to direct any concerns you may have regarding arts programs and events. To stay updated on art specific announcements and digital initiatives in the coming week, sign up for The Beat.

  • Is the ARTS FIRST Festival canceled?
    • Due to new University guidelines prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people, Harvard’s on-campus ARTS FIRST Festival has been canceled. Please click here for more information regarding the festival. We are currently in the process of creating digital initiatives to hold some of our events online. If you would like to participate, please take our survey. Join us next year for ARTS FIRST: Thursday, April 29-Sunday, May 2, 2021.
    • For further information, contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator at
  • Will there still be opportunities to meet with artists?
    • All visiting artist and Learning from Performer events, including the Harvard Jazz Master residency and concert, have been canceled for the Spring semester. However, check back for information about possible online "gatherings" in the arts. To stay informed, sign up for The Beat weekly emails.
    • For further information, contact Alicia Anstead, Associate Director for Programming at
  • Will there still be dance master classes?
    • In keeping with recent meetings and event guidance issued by the University, all studio reservations, student group activities, noncredit classes and visiting artists programming at the Dance Center have been canceled.
    • For more information, contact Elizabeth Epsen at
  • I received a music subsidy, grant or a fellowship. What should I do?
    • We will be following University guidance about all international and domestic travel. Right now, travel is suspended until at least April 30. We have no information at this time on summer travel. 
    • Please reach out to Stephanie Troisi, Student Coordinator at
  • I am a community member taking classes at the Ceramics Studio. Are classes still being held?
    • In accordance with the University’s decision to suspend on-campus classes for the remainder of the term, all Ceramics Program on-campus programming and classes are suspended indefinitely as of Monday, March 16. For more information, click here
    • Please reach out to Kathy King at