Everything, everywhere, all at once (kind of)


The 2024 Arts First Festival brought campus concert halls, galleries, and common areas to life for an exuberant five-day celebration of student, faculty, and staff creativity. The annual festival, produced by the Office for the Arts, showcases art in all its mediums and genres, with an array of music and theater performances, public exhibits, and hands-on activities.

In Paine Hall on Saturday, seniors Lucas Gazianis and Joshua Fang faced off in a “piano duel,” exchanging jazz licks from side-by-side pianos.

Gazianis, who had played with the Harvard Jazz Orchestra the night before, said he likes to keep one foot in the music world even while being a social studies concentrator. He likes the feeling the festival brings each year.

“I’m just walking around the Yard and the Science Center Plaza enjoying lots of different great music,” Gazianis said. “I feel great; it’s beautiful outside. There are so many talented students doing such different things.”

Students from Matt Aucoin’s class Music 187: Opera Workshop perform their creations in Holden Chapel. Olympia Hatzilambrou ’24 is pictured during the performance.

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Andrew Lu ’24 (left) and Caitlin Paul ‘24 sing during a performance.

Andrew Lu ’24 (left) and Caitlin Paul ’24 sing their opera roles.

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Dacha Thurber ’25 (left) and Matt Aucoin are pictured during an opera workshop.

Danilo “Dacha” Thurber ’25 (left) is shown with Aucoin.

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The event, which ended April 28, also featured a four-show run of “Little Shop of Horrors,” performed by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, a human-AI collaborative fashion show, and an ensemble of four cellists performing a Disney song medley.

At Thursday night’s drag show, nationally acclaimed performer Pattie Gonia led a high-energy evening of performances by students, and on Wednesday night, Kevin Young ’92 was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal

Taylor Fang ’25, Arts First’s student producer and student poet, participated in the Arts Medal ceremony, asking Young about the role of memory in his work during the Q&A session.

Fang, an English concentrator with a secondary in computer science, said she likes the sense of community the festival creates on campus.

“The fact that there’s so many different mediums means that there’s all these different ways of engaging,” Fang said. “I don’t think there’s only a unifying aspect to art, I also think it allows us to have different perspectives and opinions. Through art we can have a more open-minded and understanding dialogue since it’s not coming at issues head-on, but through other ways of expression.”

Malgorzata (Gosia) Sklodowska (pictured) poses in their outfit.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Sklodowska (pictured) poses in their outfit at Fashion Flare.

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A close up photo of the details of a jacket from the fashion show.

A close up shows the details of a jacket from the fashion show.

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A detail image of a public art installation called “In Bloom” by Abby Weber ’26 is pictured in Harvard Yard.

A public art installation called “In Bloom” by Abby Weber ’26 was this pedestrian’s backdrop. It was displayed along the gates of Harvard Yard.

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A detail image of a public art installation called “Oyster Floats, Camera Obscuras for a Floating City” by Randy Crandon GSD ’25 and Dylan Herrmann-Holt GSD ’25 is pictured alongside Memorial Hall.

A detail of the public art installation “Oyster Floats, Camera Obscuras for a Floating City” by Graduate School of Design students Randy Crandon and Dylan Herrmann-Holt is shown alongside Memorial Hall.

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Alyssa Gaines ’26 paints the mural on the Science Center Plaza.

Members of the Black Arts Collective create a mural highlighting the essence of jazz and celebrating underrepresented voices in the genre. Alyssa Gaines ’26 paints the mural on the Science Center Plaza.

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A detail image of a public art installation called “Home on the Yard” by Christian Behling GSD ’24, Ihwa Choi GSD ’24, Monica Mendoza GSD ’24, and Gabriel Schmid GSD ‘24 is pictured in Harvard Yard.

An art installation called “Home on the Yard” by GSD students Christian Behling, Ihwa Choi, Monica Mendoza, and Gabriel Schmid is exhibited in Harvard Yard.

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Members of the cast from ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ perform.

Members of the cast from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” perform.

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Amy Dange works on a sketch of a specimen at the “Sketch Up Close” tent on Science Center Plaza.

Graduate School of Education student Amy Dang works on a drawing of a specimen at the “Sketch Up Close” tent on Science Center Plaza.

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James Glaser ’25 helps a girl work on the pottery wheel on Science Center Plaza.

James Glaser ’25 helps run the pottery wheel on Science Center Plaza.

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Dancers from the Harvard Ballet Company perform during Arts First Weekend.

Dancers from the Harvard Ballet Company perform.

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Dancers from Te Tango Bailando perform.

Members of Te Tango Bailando dance.

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Anugraha Raman dances during Arts First Weekend.

Anugraha Raman ’12 performs.

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The Crimson Cellos perform a Disney medley in the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard.

The Crimson Cellos play a Disney medley in the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard.

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The Crimson Cellos perform a Disney medley in the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard.

Looking down on the Crimson Cellos as they play a Disney medley.

Photo by Scott Eisen



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