Arts and Culture
THE FOLLOWING UNITS REPORT INTO THE PROVOST'S OFFICE:
American Repertory Theater
The A.R.T. occupies a unique place in the American theatre. It is the only not-for-profit theatre in the country that maintains a resident acting company and an international training conservatory, and that operates in association with a major university. Over its twenty-two year history the A.R.T. has welcomed American and international theatre artists who have enriched the theatrical life of the whole nation. The theatre has garnered many of the nation’s most distinguished awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and a Jujamcyn Award. Since 1980 the A.R.T. has performed in eighty-one cities in twenty-two states around the country, and worldwide in twenty-one cities in sixteen countries on four continents. It has presented one hundred and sixty productions, over half of which were premieres of new plays, translations, and adaptations. Read more
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. A unique blend of public landscape and research institution, the Arboretum is committed to providing and supporting world-class research, horticulture and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation and preservation of trees. Created in 1872 through a trust, the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, forged a public-private partnership with the City of Boston, whereby the land of the Arboretum became part of the city's renowned Emerald Necklace park system. Designed by Sargent and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arboretum is a national historic landmark and home to one of the world's most extensive collections of trees, shrubs and vines. Today the Arboretum's 265 acres in Jamaica Plain support researchers from around the world, as well as active programs in landscape design, adult continuing education and children's science education. Read more.
Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. The collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present and originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the art museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and other visitors. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum pro fessionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country.
In June 2008 the building at 32 Quincy Street, formerly the home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, closed for a major renovation. During this renovation, the Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway remains open and has been reinstalled with some of the finest works representing the collections of all three museums. When complete, the renovated historic building on Quincy Street will unite the three museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano. Read more
Harvard University Press
The history of the printing at Harvard began in 1638, when the first printing press arrived in British North America. It became the property of Harvard College and remained so for nearly half a century, but it was not until 1913 that the entity known as Harvard University Press was established by the Harvard Corporation. Harvard University Press (HUP) is recognized worldwide by authors, customers and the general reading public as a publisher of works of the highest quality and lasting value, consistent with the standards of one of the world's great universities. One of the largest American university presses in sales volume, Harvard University Press is the publisher of the Loeb Classical Library (in conjunction with the Harvard Classics department), the I Tatti Renaissance Library, and countless award-winning titles. Read more.
Villa I Tatti
The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti is devoted to advanced study of the Italian Renaissance in all its aspects: the history of art; political, economic, and social history; the history of science, philosophy, and religion; and the history of literature and music.
Each year, an international selection committee nominates some twelve to fifteen post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers to become I Tatti Fellows. In addition, I Tatti's scholarly community includes fifteen Research Associates from the Italian academic world, a number of Visiting Scholars and Visiting Professors invited for varying lengths of time, and the Director. Read more