Center for Creativity

Coding Carnival!

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Friday, Jan. 17  |  1-3 p.m.  |  Center for Creativity Workshop

Learn basic coding principles, get a taste of Brazilian Carnival culture, eat and have fun!

On Jan. 17, the Center for Creativity will host a Coding Carnival, an all-ages event to share coding principles with all members of the University community.

For this very special event, family members of all ages are also invited to attend! 

Participants can create binary-encoded carnival masks, necklaces and bracelets; learn basic principles of machine learning with an analog input-output box; and program a Robot Carnival Parade to dance samba. Refreshments will be served.

RSVPs encouraged: please RSVP here.

This event is organized by Associate Professor of English Annette Vee and Luciana Louro, visiting scholar from São Paulo, Brazil, and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Cyber, the English Department, the English Department’s Digital Media Lab, and the English Department’s Composition Program.

Open Mic Night @ Nordy's

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Thursday, Jan. 30  |  8:30-10 p.m.  |  Nordy's Place

Join us for our January open mic, which will feature  

We also open up the stage to you for your spoken word, music, storytelling, and more. All performance genres are welcome.

Free snacks and great entertainment! 

University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff are all welcome as performers and/or audience members.

For more details, see our event page!

Art on Campus

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Thursday, Jan. 30  |  4 p.m.  |  Posvar Plaza

Public art on Pitt's Oakland campus takes center stage on January 30 when Provost Ann Cudd and Greg Scott, senior vice chancellor for Business and Operations, kick off a public art initiative as part of the Year of Creativity.

The University Times reports that the two "will talk about why having art on campus is important and will participate in a 'creative water pouring' (think water activating invisible paint)."

Join the conversation at 4 p.m. near the "Light Up" sculpture on Posvar Plaza! Light refreshments will be provided.

Year of Creativity Grant Funding

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Students, faculty, and staff can still apply for a Year of Creativity grant to help fund a new creative project on campus!

As The Pitt News reports, grant applications for this "Year of" are at an all-time high, but the funding committee is still open to proposals "that actively engage community members in producing something new and focus on bringing students together outside of a conventional lecture format."

Student-led proposals are particularly welcome.

Check out the funding FAQs and if you have a great idea, prepare and submit your proposal quickly! 

Creativity Around Campus

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We Have Voice Collective

Friday, Jan. 17

Pitt Director of Jazz Studies Nicole Mitchell Gantt is joined by talented New York We Have Voice Collective members María Grand (saxophones), Kavita Shah (vocals), and Fay Victor (vocals, pictured) for a discussion panel on Music, Equity and Safe(r) Spaces, followed by a performance of original music.

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Big Idea Blitz

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 24-25

A fun way to get introduced to entrepreneurship at Pitt. At this weekend idea generation competition you will be able to pitch your idea, form a team, work with entrepreneurs in residence and win cash prizes. If you have an idea, come and pitch! If you don’t have an idea, join a team! Either way, participate in a fun entrepreneurial event.

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