Arts and the First Year

  • Dia de los Muertos

    Celebration of Arts and Culture

    Freshmen embrace their creativity to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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    Creating Friendships

    The Arts provide students with the opportunity form relationships over engaging experiences.

  • Students enjoy arts and crafts.

    FABulous Arts and Crafts

    The Freshman Arts Board (FAB) plans arts & crafts study breaks and activities throughout the year.

  • Arts Initiatives for freshmen

    Arts Initiatives

    Freshmen have many opportunities to explore their creative sides during special arts initiatives.

The FDO 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 director.


Visual Art and the FDO

The FDO also offers a wide range of visual art-making opportunities to first-year students. The Freshman 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 Correna Cohen with any further questions about the Freshman Arts Room.


Freshman Arts Board (FAB)

Members of the Freshman Arts Board (FAB) collaborate with the Director of First-Year Arts Initiatives to plan new and strengthen existing arts initiatives in the freshman dorms. Selected from among the freshman class, the FAB meets regularly throughout the year and their duties include, among others, staffing the Holworthy Arts Room weekly. Freshmen 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 Freshman Musical

musicalEach year, members of the freshman 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!