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Ten years after founding the annual festival, John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. '05, acts as the grand marshall of the Arts First parade in 2002. Lithgow will receive the Harvard Arts Medal in a ceremony that will kick off the 25th Arts First festival.

Arts First at 25

Organizers and participants reflect on festival’s evolution and impact

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“As an artist, you end [up] having to be your own audience a lot, because you’re alone so much of the time,” said artist Meredith James. “Object Lessons” includes two videos by James, which in part work out her obsession with the built environment. (“I grew up in a New York City apartment,” she said, which fueled her fascination with old houses out of scale with those of her childhood.)

Art by degrees

Three graduates return to discuss their work, and then display it

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