The Office for the Arts (OFA) was established in 1973 by Radcliffe President Matina Horner and Harvard President Derek Bok with the encouragement of
an Faculty of Arts and Sciences ad hoc committee on extracurricular arts at the University. The OFA incorporated the Radcliffe Creative and Performing Arts
Program, consisting of pottery, visual arts, theater, and dance, which had been established in 1963. Myra Mayman was tapped to lead the new office and
successfully fulfilled its mandate to integrate creative thinking into undergraduate education by continuing Radcliffe’s Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe's Dance
Program, and Radcliffe's Ceramics Program, and by initiating programs for Harvard, including music scholarships, grants for innovative arts projects,
extensive visiting artist programs, and publications, including two books on public art projects produced by the Office for the Arts. At the request of actor
John Lithgow '67 and President Neil L. Rudenstine, Mayman instituted ARTS FIRST in 1993 as an annual, campus-wide arts festival at Harvard.