The DSO is committed to ensuring that first-year students have access to a variety of arts-based programs, both on campus and in the Greater Boston area. The Director of Arts Initiatives coordinates multiple opportunities throughout the year that incorporate hands-on artistic activities as well as workshops and excursions. Examples of past programming include speed-banding and open jams, tours of art spaces on campus, Into the Hub trips to local arts events/ institutions, collaborations with the Harvard Art Museums, creative writing workshops, and public speaking workshops. If you have an idea for a program, share it with the Dean of Students Office.
Visual Art and the DSO
The DSO also offers a wide range of visual art-making opportunities to first-year students. The First-Year Arts Room, adjacent to the Holworthy Common Room, is open to students for workshops and art-making nights. Examples of past programming include splatter-paint night, drop-in art-making, and workshops in Letterpress, InDesign, and Photoshop. Be sure to review the guidelines for the use of the space and contact the First-Year Experience Office with any further questions about the First-Year Arts Room.
First-Year Arts Board (FAB)
Members of the First-Year Arts Board (FAB) collaborate with the Director of First-Year Arts Initiatives to plan new and strengthen existing arts initiatives in the first-year dorms. Selected from among the first-year class, the FAB meets regularly throughout the year and their duties include, among others, staffing the Holworthy Arts Room weekly. First-Years can apply to the FAB through October 1.
The Arts at Harvard
The Office for the Arts (OFA), located at 74 Mount Auburn Street, is Harvard College's central resource for arts opportunities across the campus. It runs an extensive instructional and performance program in dance; manages and provides production support for concerts and theatre productions at Sanders Theatre, Farkas Hall, Agassiz Theatre, and in the Houses; retains professional conductors who lead approximately a dozen orchestras and choruses; runs a state-of-the-art ceramics studio and program; awards project grants, artist fellowships, and subsidies for music lessons; produces a four-day, University-wide arts festival called ArtsFirst; and serves the entire community of nearly 3,000 undergraduates who participate in the arts.
The First-Year Musical
Each year, members of the first-year class write, direct, and produce an original musical. Auditions for the musical typically take place in late January, and the show usually debuts in April. Contact the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club for information about this year’s musical; no prior experience is required!