2014 ARTS FIRST Festival: May 1-4

5/1: Harvard Arts Medal: MARGARET ATWOOD AM '62, Litt.D. '04, hosted by John Lithgow ‘67
5/2: Party on The Plaza
5/3: Harvard Dance Project in SEESAW, HRO, Harvard Jazz Band, DanceFest on the Plaza, “Make Art” stations, and Performance Fair
5/4: Vijay Iyer Sextet in concert

Most events free!
more info> | blog post>


2014 Arts Medal Ceremony: MARGARET ATWOOD '62, Litt.D. '04

Thursday, May 1, 4 PM
Sanders Theatre

Tickets free but required, available Tuesday, April 22. more info>

blog post> | interview with Atwood>


Ceramics Visiting Artist Workshop

Jonathan Mess, best known for his experimental works using reclaimed materials, demonstrates his process of working with texture, line and color to create his complex sculptures. Seth Rainville demonstrates various construction techniques using porcelain as a canvas for narrative decoration.

Thursday, May 1 | Demonstration: 10 AM–4 PM | Slide Presentation: 5–6 PM | more info>


Grand Opening of Ceramics Studio

February 26, 2014 marked the official celebration and ribbon cutting for our state-of-the-art new ceramics studio at 224 Western Ave in Allston. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust honored the Ceramics Program's rich history of academic collaboration in her remarks.




The creator of the acclaimed 1999 film “The Sixth Sense” and other supernatural thrillers will participate in a conversation about his career, and answer audience questions.

Monday, April 28 at 3 PM
Farkas Hall Studio
Admission free and open to the public.

more info>


2013-14 Artist Development Fellowship recipients announced

17 undergraduate artists awarded Fellowships. Congratulations!

press release> | Go to Harvard Arts Blog to read about current and past Fellows and their work

image: painting by Ethan Pierce '14 (ADF '14)


Shaun Amyot: Dance Master Class

The choreographer, faculty member at Canada’s National Ballet School, and former dancer with the Netherlands Dance Theater and Ballet Frankfurt will teach a Jirí Kylián repertory master class.

Friday, April 25, 7:30 PM
Harvard Dance Center
Preregistration required.

more info>

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The Silk Road Ensemble and the biggest possible idea

by Andrew Chow '14
The OFA Arts Leaders reception featured the Silk Road Ensemble and a glimpse at the power of global arts and conversation.
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In the spotlight with the Mozart Society Orchestra

by Andrew Chow '14
Think of the MSO as a hybrid: with the power of a larger orchestra and the expressiveness of a chamber group.
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Emerging Choreographers move with science

by Brenna McDuffie '15
Office for the Arts Dance Program sets the stage for emerging choreographers to consider science and movement.
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    OFA Postcard 2013

    Building a kiln

    ARTS FIRST '14 Celebrates Harvard's Creative Community

    by Tom Lee
    Campus-wide festival, May 1-4, will include appearances by novelist Margaret Atwood and actor John Lithgow, and concert with Vijay Iyer Sextet.
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    Margaret Atwood to be honored at Harvard

    by Tom Lee
    Author will receive Harvard Arts Medal at May 1 ceremony kicking off ARTS FIRST festival.
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    Learning From Performers: 2013-14

    by OFA Staff
    A wildlife photographer, concert pianist, theater director, jazz trumpeter and Celtic harpist are among the many visiting artists scheduled this year.
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    filmmaker M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN 4/28 only
    presented by: Learning From Performers and the Harvard South Asian Association
    location: Farkas Hall - Studio

    Visiting Artist Workshop with Jonathan Mess and Seth Rainville 5/1 only
    presented by: Ceramics Program
    location: Ceramics Studio

    Vijay Iyer: Jazz on the Plaza 5/4 only
    presented by: ARTS FIRST
    location: ARTS FIRST Tent on the Plaza

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