Center for Creativity

Virtual Opportunities to Create and Connect

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Looking for opportunities to create, collaborate, and connect with other Pitt people during these physically distanced days? 

In addition to Zoom workshops focused on specific processes and kinds of making, we offer two ongoing live programs designed to keep you plugged into our University creative community.

Creative Cafe is a way to work on your own project in the virtual company of other creators. If you miss the social dimension of making something in The Workshop, this is the place to come.

Every weekday from 2:30- 3 p.m., we host a Zoom space where you can work on and play with your current creative pursuit, chat, see what others are up to, and just generally renew your making spark. Drop in for ten minutes or stay the whole time! 

Caretique is an opportunity to develop your creative work through conversation with other makers.  

Short stories, poetry, short films and plays (under 10 minutes), 2D and 3D designs, and music compositions are all welcome!

Here's how it works:

  1. Register for a session and submit the work you'd like feedback on in advance.
  2. Check out all the Caretique pieces. We'll give you questions to help you think about and guide conversation on other creators' stuff.
  3. For our Zoom session, come ready to talk about the work by your Caretique partners and get feedback on your own!

You might get a painter's perspective on your poem, or a musician's thoughts on your collage. It's all about considering and sharing perspectives in a supportive environment: not a "critique," but a Caretique.

We'd love to hear from you with suggestions for more content! Email us at

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Friday, Apr. 10  |  12:30-1:15 p.m. EDT

Sources for poetry are all around us: newspaper articles, scientific and law journals, junk mail.... Explore found poetry through the blackout process in this informal workshop. No previous writing experience necessary!

Screen Share Spotlight: Open Mic

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Our next Zoom open mic night will be Thursday, Apr. 23, to celebrate the end of finals! In the meantime, get prepped by checking out our open mic page.

We have tips and tricks for everything from making sure you catch your light to getting the most from your Zoom audio settings to conquering (virtual) stage fright! Don't let your nerves get the best of you: use our resources to make your first (or third, or seventeenth) open mic more fun and less scary. 

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Bleach Ball

Thursday, Apr. 16  |  3-4 p.m. EDT

Did you forget to buy some fabric dye before social distancing kicked in, but still want to do some fun fabric crafts? Join us to get some ideas on using bleach to dye dark fabrics. Batiking, tye-dyeing, painting on fabric: bleach can give you a sepia effect on black fabric, and a two-tone monocrome on any colored fabric. Join us and have a ball with bleach!

Creating Community: A Virtual Art Gallery

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This virtual community art project is an opportunity for Pitt students, faculty, and staff members to nurture a sense of community by creating, connecting, and sharing experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that is significantly affecting our lives. While the past several weeks have been incredibly challenging, through flexibility, ingenuity, and creativity we are adapting to our current situation and we want to hear how members of our Pitt community have been creatively adapting.

Learn more about the Creating Community project from its creators, Sara Baumann, Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health, and Jessica Burke, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Education at the Graduate School of Public Health.

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Creative Interventions

The deadline for our community-wide Creative Interventions to COVID-19 competition to craft a creative response to and intervention in this public health discussion - any format, any genre - has been extended!

The new deadline for entries is Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. EDT. For more information, check out our page!

Coming Soon: The COVe

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We're starting a digital zine! The COVe, a harbor for art in difficult times, will be a place to collect and curate art, writing, comics, and graphics produced during these strange days of physical distancing.

The COVe aims to collect and share work from Pitt creators. Work need not be COVID-19 themed: our goal is to collect and share the work you, our Pitt creative community, are producing during these unique times.

Writing, collage, digital art, drawings, paintings, comics, scribbles, and all other forms of 2D work are welcome. If you can put it in a PDF file, we're interested.

​Submit by emailing with your attachment!

Stay Connected with Creativity

photo of doctor in polio ward

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

65 years ago, the polio vaccine developed by a University of Pittsburgh team led by Jonas Salk, was deemed safe and effective, paving the way for the eradication of that terrifying disease. Carl Kurlander, founding producer of C4C: The Pittsburgh Lens and producer of the documentary "The Shot Felt 'Round the World," reflects on the hope that stories from that time can offer us now. 


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