Center for Creativity

Make It New This Summer!

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Spring semester might be over, but we're not on break! The Center for Creativity is here to help you stay creative through the summer. Join us for daily Creative Cafes, special online workshops, and more.

C4C: The Screen Share is our digital gateway to your summer making. Check it out to find:

  • our new podcast, Processing…
  • live program and workshop information
  • a blog that covers creative cuisine to DIY paint, and more
  • video workshops and “quick snacks” to help jump-start your creativity
  • creative projects from Oakland and other campuses
  • a new digital online zine (that you can submit to!)
  • info on virtual open mic nights

And as always, we'd love to hear from you with ideas, suggestions, or comments: our emailbox is open!

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Art Challenge: Everyday Masterpiece

The Center for Creativity staff recently took our first art challenge: recreating some of our favorite works using only what we could scavenge around the house. And we recorded it! Check out our video for all the creative chaos, and let us know what you'd like to see next!

The Art of Diversity Showcase & Competition

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The arts are more crucial than ever during times of crisis; they provide a cathartic and thought-provoking outlet for self-expression.

All members of the Pitt and regional community are invited to submit creative work relevant to aspects of cultural identity, sociocultural topics, or social justice issues for the upcoming Art of Diversity Showcase.

Works will be displayed in an online gallery and may be featured on University web and social media channels (with artist attribution). All works are eligible for award distinctions!  

Deadline for entries: Monday, July 6. Awardees will be announced at the 2020 Diversity Retreat in late July.

Please see the Office of Diversity & Inclusion page for details!

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Processing... | The C4C Podcast

Before our last episode of season one drops next Monday, catch up with our podcast Processing... This season, Pitt students, faculty, and staff explore how creativity found them and how it continues to evolve in and inform their lives. From puppetry to poetry, unconventional transitions to the perils of barbecuing your materials, our guests take you into their personal making journeys.

Writing the Pandemic

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Writing the Pandemic is a generative writing workshop focused on exploring different aspects of this time of social/physical distance.

Join us as we use writing prompts to get started on a poem or piece of flash nonfiction. While we write, we can share and think about where we are in this historic time.  

Everyone is welcome regardless of writing experience! Length of each session will vary based on participants, but will not exceed one hour.

     May 22: When We Can ___ Again, I Will ___

     June 5: Nothing to Fear? 

     June 19: Today — A List

Check out the details and registerCome to one session or all three.

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The COVe | Issue 1 Launched

The COVe, a harbor for art in difficult times, has launched our first issue! Our zine is a place to share what our Pitt community is making now: writing, drawing, painting, comics, and more. And you can be a part of Issue 2! Check our page for details on submitting.

SCI Film Festival | Vote for Your Favorite!

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Recently, Pitt School of Computing and Information invited students to take part in creating an oral history of the COVID-19 pandemic via short video. From exploring an empty Oakland to coping with homebound life, students shared their experiences with creativity and honesty.

Now, SCI needs your help to identify their People's Choice Award winner! Visit their page to check out the entries, and vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. this Thursday, May 21. 

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All Pittsburghers Are Poets

Our friends at City of Asylum believe that all Pittsburghers are poets, and they want to hear from you! Through June 1, Allegheny County residents of all ages can submit a poem for their new online series. Writers of accepted poems will receive $15 and retain rights. Details and writing prompts are available on their site!

Free Creative Events!

These events via The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgha new virtual home for the arts in Pittsburgh created by City of Asylum. Check them out each week for free access to new programs connecting artists and audiences.

Creativity Around (Our Virtual) Campus

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