Perform & Participate

Participate in ARTS FIRST 2022!

Harvard’s annual ARTS FIRST Festival is one of the largest collegiate arts festivals in the country. In 2022, 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 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

Click here to apply to the ARTS FIRST 2022 Performance Fair. 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 30, 2022. All Harvard affiliates (undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alums, faculty, visiting researchers, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Submit Your Video

Applications for ARTS FIRST Film Night will be posted here soon. ARTS FIRST 2022 will include a Film Night, showcasing the wide variety of video art created by the Harvard community. From animation to music videos to cinematic short films and beyond, we will celebrate the digital artistry of Harvard artists both in-person and online. 


Click here to sign up to volunteer for ARTS FIRST 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.


Click here to publicize your arts event or exhibition in the ARTS FIRST Festival Guide and online calendar of events. 


Funding for your ARTS FIRST project is available through the OFA's Project Grant Program. The OFA is currently accepting project grant applications on a rolling basis.

Questions? Contact Marin Orlosky, ARTS FIRST Coordinator.