Center for Creativity

Make Your PITTch!

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We're looking for Pitt- or Pittsburgh-related stories suitable for development as a movie, TV show, web series, or serialized podcast to showcase for a spring workshop!

PITTch, an initiative from the Center for Creativity's Pittsburgh Lens, is seeking a diverse collection of unique, compelling stories.

As part of this initiative, several submitted projects will receive free professional coverage from Readers Unlimited. Coverage includes a story synopsis, plus analysis and evaluation in critical areas: concept, storyline, structure, characters, dialogue, tone, and commercial potential.

For details and resources, or to submit a project, check our webpage!

Show Your Spirit of Inclusion

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Not everyone celebrates the holiday season in the same way. We all have special ways of celebrating, whether cultural, religious, or through specific family traditions.

Taking time to observe and acknowledge the traditions of other religions and cultures promotes inclusion during the holiday season. The Spirit of Inclusion is a collaboration between the Center for Creativity and the Student Government Board's Committee for Diversity and Inclusion designed to showcase those traditions through creative work.

This holiday season, we encourage you to submit works of art that represent your unique traditions for display in our virtual art gallery. Any form of art is welcome: written work, drawings, paintings, digital art, songs, dances, short films, etc.

Whether you’re student, faculty, or staff, home for the holidays or on campus, we’d love to see your contribution! Visit the Spirit of Inclusion webpage for details. Submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 15.

Process 2020 with Our Podcast

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Have you tuned in to season two of our podcast, Processing...

This season, we wrestle with the question of how creative makers work through periods of intense political and personal uncertainty. Five Pitt makers talk about their creative practices and experiences with the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

Our makers are:

  • Hannah Eko, Pitt MFA in Writing graduate
  • Craig Hayes, undergraduate student and writer
  • Oronde Sharif, Department of Africana Studies faculty and director of the Shona Sharif African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • Ivette Spradlin, Department of Studio Arts faculty and visual artist
  • Tahirah Walker, artist and former manager of learning design with Pitt's University Center for Teaching and Learning

Check out our first three installments, and follow us as we wrap up the season with two more weekly episodes!

Critical Making Meetup

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Monday, Dec. 7  |  2-3 p.m.

Details and registration

Join us for an event to learn about campus makerspaces and projects, and break through your creative blocks!

Teaching assistant Sophie Tayade from Dr. Zach Horton’s Critical Making course, offered through the Dietrich School's Department of English, leads an event for students and faculty to share projects and learn about campus makerspaces.

This maker meet-up will include an overview of current maker spaces, project presentations and demonstrations, and breakout rooms where participants can share more of their work, ask questions, and take part in activities to break through creative blocks.

If you're interested in meeting other makers, presenting work or projects, or looking for some inspiration, register now!

Don't Look Away Submission Deadline Extended

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The submission deadline for the outdoor exhibition, Don’t Look Away: Because Mattering is the Minimum, has been extended until February 1, 2021.

Check out the guidelines and submit your work. Creators whose work is selected for exhibition will receive $500!

What's Next?

Wondering what's in store for the C4C in 2021? 

We're excited to reopen our physical spaces — The Workshop in the University Store and our new Text & conText Lab (a collaboration with the University Library System) in Hillman Library — as soon as possible in the spring term. 

We're also planning a busy semester with workshops, open mic nights, Creative Challenges, a new season of our podcast, and some other special events. Stay tuned for details, and have a happy and healthy winter break!

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