ARTS FIRST is Harvard’s annual four-day festival, sponsored by the Harvard Board of Overseers, that celebrates those students and faculty who are involved in the arts. The entire community is encouraged to check out Harvard’s art scene and its more than 200 events—most of them free and open to the public—that include a dance festival, theatrical performances, exhibitions, films, concerts, musicals, and poetry readings. Information: Office of the Arts 617-495-8699
PBHA’s Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (CYEP) is a 7-week summer camp serving the North Cambridge, Central Square, and East Cambridge areas. Campers range in age from 7 to 12, are primarily African-American and Latino, and many come from low-income, single parent families. CYEP provides campers with a variety of educational and recreational summer activities that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Each morning a Junior and Senior Counselor lead a group of ten campers through lessons designed to be enjoyable while providing social and academic enrichment.
The American Repertory Theatre (ART) is Harvard's professional theatre in residence. Harvard provides the ART with the use of the Loeb Drama Center as well as other support, and the ART, in turn, brings world class artists, directors and designers to the Cambridge-based non-profit theatre company. There are over 200 performances of seven to twelve productions each year, including the 2001-2002 productions of Adam Rapp's Stone Cold Dead Serious and Shakespeare's Othello.