Perform & Participate

Participate in ARTS FIRST 2023!

Harvard’s annual ARTS FIRST Festival is one of the largest collegiate arts festivals in the country. In 2023, we will present a variety of virtual, hybrid, and in-person on-campus events celebrating the creativity of Harvard's community. Students, faculty, staff, and alums are invited to join in the festivities by performing or presenting their artwork, publicizing their own independently-produced arts events and exhibitions happening during the festival dates, or joining the team of festival volunteers.

Apply to Perform

The application for the 2023 ARTS FIRST Performance Fair will be available in October 2022. The Performance Fair is a dynamic one-day celebration of the performing arts, featuring simultaneous performances in many venues around Harvard's campus throughout the day on Saturday, April 29, 2023. All Harvard affiliates (undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alums, faculty, visiting researchers, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Submit Your Video

The application for the 2023 ARTS FIRST Film & Video Art Night will be available in October 2022. The 2023 ARTS FIRST Festival will celebrate the Harvard community's filmmaking and digital artistry by showcasing short films, music videos, digital multimedia works or performance videos with a worldwide virtual audience as well as a live in-person screening under the Science Center Plaza Tent. All Harvard affiliates (undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alums, faculty, visiting researchers, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Volunteer

The application to volunteer for ARTS FIRST 2023 will be available in October 2022. Join the ARTS FIRST festival team as a volunteer! Volunteers help the ARTS FIRST Performance Fair run smoothly by helping set up or put away chairs, music stands, and signs; greet visitors and provide basic directions to performance venues; check in performers; and other tasks as needed.

In advance of the festival, volunteers may help deliver ARTS FIRST guides and t-shirts to various locations on the Harvard campus, or organize festival materials.

All volunteers receive an ARTS FIRST t-shirt, free snacks, and the opportunity to see exciting ARTS FIRST performances throughout their volunteer shift.

Publicity

The application to publicize your arts event or exhibition in the ARTS FIRST Festival Guide and online calendar of events will be available in October 2022. 

Funding

Funding for your ARTS FIRST project is available through the OFA's Project Grant Program. The deadline for applying for Spring 2023 project grants is Monday, November 14, 2022.

Questions? Contact Marin Orlosky, ARTS FIRST Coordinator.