Incorporating art into community outreach poses challenges, but the experiences arts-based service organizations provide also offer unique fulfillment. As the roles of service and art in society remain under debate, initiatives at Harvard that meld the two areas continue to evolve, broadening arts access in surrounding communities and shaping campus artistic life.
While schools like Princeton and Yale had already had larger theater and dance programs running for years, Harvard's Theater, Dance, and Media concentration did not make its debut until Oct. 1, 2015. Through the efforts of faculty like TDM chair Martin Puchner and dance director Jill Johnson, Harvard's newest foray into the study of theater is only just starting to take the stage.
Colombian dancer and choreographer Álvaro Restrepo directs two participants in a master class at the Harvard Dance Center Wednesday Night. Restrepo taught the basic dance principles practiced at El Colegio del Cuerpo, the community dance education school he cofounded in Cartagena.
Cantabrigian Pua Higginson, right, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin student Caroline Daley, left, perform a traditional Tahitian dance in Harvard Yard at the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday afternoon. As Harvard University recognizes the holiday as Columbus Day, the culture group Native Americans at Harvard hosted the event to praise native culture and advocate for the university to accept the new title.