36th Annual Cultural Rhythms

“Born This Way: Expression, Passion, and Celebration"


Join us for the 36th Annual Cultural Rhythms Show and Artist of the Year Ceremony on March 26, 2022, 6 PM at Sanders Theatre, presented by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations in partnership with the Office for the Arts! 

at the camera wearing an updo and a white dress in front of a red background


For almost four decades, Cultural Rhythms has drawn the Harvard community together to celebrate the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of the Harvard College student body. We are so excited to once again host this program at Sanders Theatre after not being able to for two years of the pandemic. We look forward to being in community. 

We invite you to several key events:

  • Monday, March 21, 7:00 PM (ET)“Applauding Mental Health” a Harvard Foundation Cultural Rhythms themed peer dialogue inspired by the work, advocacy, and legacy of this year’s Artist of the Year. Join the HF interns for a conversation on mental health in BIPOC communities at Grays Hall Basement.
  • Saturday, March 26, 6:00 PM (ET): The Harvard Foundation will honor Grammy- and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and activist Lady Gaga as our Artist of the Year in recognition of her notable contributions to music, performance, fashion, mental health advocacy, and tireless support for the LGBTQ+ community. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Born This Way Foundation, launched in 2012 at Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre. Lady Gaga will receive the award virtually.

  • Past Artist of the Year recipients include Taraji P. Henson, Rubén Blades, Lucy Lui, Salma Hayek, Viola Davis, Will Smith, Eva Longoria and Janet Mock. 

  • This event is open to all Harvard affiliates, with a special welcome to families of Harvard College students attending Junior Family Weekend.

  • To purchase tickets for this year’s events, visit https://tinyurl.com/HFCR36. To learn more about the Harvard Foundation and Cultural Rhythms follow us on Instagram, @harvardfoundation.The event will also be livestreamed for the public on our YouTube channel HarvardFoundation.

  • Lady Gaga holds award while on the zoom call being projected in Sanders Theatre