For Faculty

CW and IMThe Office for the Arts (OFA) is an important collaborative partner for arts initiatives in the Harvard community, including curricular undertakings. Please note: Some initiatives will have virtual offerings. Some will be on hiatus due to Covid-19. Please check particular event listings, or send us questions (ofa@fas).

The OFA's Learning from Performers program brings professional artists to campus each year to engage with students. These guests range from emerging artists to individuals of international note, representing a broad range of artistic disciplines. The program encourages collaboration with students and faculty within and alongside the curriculum. The OFA also nurtures specific arts undertakings with funding and direct production support and counsel. While these grants are generally made to student-led arts organizations, some of these connect to curricular initiatives.

From time to time, the OFA will also undertake special programming in collaboration with academic partners – e.g., a Leonard Bernstein Conference with the Music Department, a Bluegrass colloquium with Folklore and Mythology, and an examination of ethical and social issues in genetics through the creation of a new theatrical work in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. In addition, the Harvard Dance CenterCeramics Program, and professionally-led orchestras and choruses link directly to curricular as well as extracurricular arts activities. 

For more information or to discuss ideas, please contact Alicia Anstead, Associate Director of Programming, at

PHOTO:  Harvard Jazz Master Cassandra Wilson and Harvard professor Ingrid Monson in 2017 during a LFP event. Photo: Jake Belcher.