Welcome First-Year Students!


Finding—and supporting—the artist in you wherever you are

Greetings, First-Year Students in the Class of 2024!

Welcome to Harvard and to the Office for the Arts at Harvard, where our business is supporting you and the entire Harvard community in the practice and discovery of artmaking of all kinds. 

What's that mean for you? Our reach is: danceceramicsfigure drawingtheater, working with professional artists from a range of disciplines, orchestral participation, choral work, obtaining funding for arts projects and subsidies for music lessons. All of us at the OFA are here to help you explore whatever art you do, or whatever art you want to try, wherever you are in the world! All are welcome at the OFA.

Check out the OFA Brochure with all the info and contacts you need. 

We know these are challenging times and that we are distanced from one another. But Harvard's artistic community is strikingly diverse and passionate -- whether folks plan to go on to a career in the arts or not. For instance: That saxophonist in the jazz band who takes on a solo in a Duke Ellington composition? She’s pre-med. The actor tackling Gertrude in Hamlet? They've got their sights set on law school. And that guy working with the professional artist in the OFA Ceramics Program might end up running a nation some day. What about you? Where can the arts fit into your Harvard experience? 

Whatever your creative journey and wherever you're at around the globe, we’re here to help you find your way. 

Come make art with us!

Alicia Anstead

Alicia Anstead '08 NF is associate director of the OFA visiting artist program Learning from Performers and OFA communications. She was the 2008 inaugural arts and culture fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.


Useful links

Ceramics courses | Credit courses in dance | Non-credit dance classes  | Skills for Singing

Dean of Students Office | First-Year Arts Program | Office of Career Services | Student Employment Office