Propose a Public Art Project

Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival, April 28-May 1, 2022

Harvard students are invited to propose temporary public art projects that will be chosen, funded and supported by the Office for the Arts during the annual ARTS FIRST Festival.

Students may propose outdoor projects for Harvard Yard, including the Old Yard and Tercentenary Theatre sites. 
Bloom wooden sculpture

The deadline has passed for Public Art in ARTS FIRST 2022.
Check this page in October to propose a project for ARTS FIRST 2023.

Project concepts will be reviewed for:

  • Artistic/creative merit
  • Feasibility
  • Suitability for chosen site, including safety, vandalism, exterior/interior suitability and visibility
  • Grounds, facilities and accessibility compliance
  • AFVS or GSD affiliation (preferred)

For questions about the ARTS FIRST Public Art program, contact Marin Orlosky, ARTS FIRST Coordinator.

Projects at sites other than Harvard Yard (e.g., house courtyards) cannot be funded and supported by the OFA, but if approved by the facility/office overseeing those sites, can be included in publicity for ARTS FIRST 2022. 
If you have a confirmed site, you may complete an AF publicity form (see Perform & Participate) to list your project in the festival guide.

If you are an artist seeking exhibition space for ARTS FIRST 2022 and have questions or need assistance, please contact Marin Orlosky, ARTS FIRST Coordinator (orlosky@fas).

Photo credit: BLOOM by Wendy Engler, Nieman Foundation; Ling-Li Tseng, GSD; Aiko Nakano and Fernando Rodríguez, MIT; ARTS FIRST 2014