Center for Creativity

Screen Share Spotlight: Programs and Blog

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Have you dropped by our new collaborative online project, C4C: The Screen Share?

This new virtual project aims to be an interactive space to keep our community engaged and "together while apart": across campuses, states, and even countries!

New on the Screen Share this week: updated programs, including two new live Zoom workshops and details on the relaunch of our Creative Cafe, a way to work on your own project in the virtual company of other creators. Plus, our first YouTube video workshop, in which our C4C student ambassador Kami shows you how to make a lamp from some of that cardboard that might be stacking up.

We're also introducing Caretique, an opportunity to test and develop your creative work through conversation with other makers. (See our story below for more details.)

And if you haven't checked out our blog yet, take a few minutes to get caught up. We're featuring home creative spaces and maker interviews in our "Making Space" series, how-to's and inspiration on everything from rock art to getting creative with your quarantine cuisine, and more!

We'd love to hear from you with suggestions for more content, or a pitch for a guest blog post! Email us at

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Sketch, Scan & Draw

Thursday, Apr. 9  |  4-5 p.m. EDT

Have ideas for zines, digital comics, or just want the vibrancy that going digital provides but don't know how to start? This is the workshop for you! We'll go through the basics of using the free digital design software Krita to turn your sketches digital.

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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!

JCSpaceRadio Artist Talk & Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 8  |  1 p.m. EDT

The University of Pittsburgh’s Studio Arts Department is pleased to announce a Spring 2020 Virtual Visiting Artist lecture and Virtual Frequency Workshop with Chicago-based artists Christine Shallenberg and Jenn Cooper, who collaborate as JCSpaceRadio. 

JCSpaceRadio is a collaborative interested in engaging in a casually critical dialogue with frequencies. Inspiration for the projects’ endeavors comes from the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station and their onboard 2-meter shortwave (HAM) radio. 

The collaborative's long-term goals include exploring the physicality of sonic experiences, making contact with the International Space Station, creating participatory structures for public engagement, and facilitating aesthetically driven citizen science. 

We hope you can join us for this virtual artist talk with time for Q&A, followed by a Virtual Frequency workshop. To participate, please email Lindsey French no later than Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Virtual Open Mic

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Thursday, Apr. 9  |  8:30-10 p.m. EDT

Our first Zoom open mic night was so much fun that we're doing it again, sooner than we expected!

Get your home stage ready for and Zoom with us this Thursday night. Spoken word, skits, music (instrumental or vocal), dance, magic, improv.... We're up for it all!

See our Open Mic page for details.

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Daily Creativity Prompts

We offer daily #PittPrompts via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to help you stay connected to your creative spirit! This week, we team up with the Student Office of Sustainability to get you thinking creatively about challenges in the time of COVID-19.

NEW! Caretique

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Tuesday, Apr. 14  |  3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT

Caretique is an interdisciplinary virtual space where creators can test and strengthen their body of work. Whether you are in a class and need more feedback on a project, an amateur maker looking to improve your skills, or an arts appreciator who wants to sharpen your creative conversation, Caretique is for you. 

Short stories, poetry, short films and plays (<10 minutes), 2D and 3D designs, and music compositions are welcome. See our Programs page for details and link to sign up!

Talk to Us!

We're starting a podcast, and we're looking for Pitt people (students, faculty, and staff) who would like to talk to us about their creative lives!

Physicist with a passion for painting? Poet and HR assistant? Business student with mad improv skills? We'd love to hear from you!


Creative Interventions

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Create an earworm to remind people of important prevention strategies. Make a meme to encourage hand washing or social distancing. Design a new communication tool to educate others or something to help your community adapt to and connect across a changed social landscape.

The deadline for our community-wide competition to craft a creative response to and intervention in this public health discussion - any format, any genre, written or visual, analog or digital - is coming up fast!

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. EDT

Entries (.jpg or .png files for visual work, or PDF or Word for writing) may be submitted by email to If your entry is performative, please email for info on submitting an audio or video file.

All entries may be shared via C4C social media, and winning entries will be selected based on creativity, accuracy, and power of communication.

Stay Connected with Creativity

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Pitt Podcast | Remains to Be Seen

We know where the bodies are hidden. An anatomy professor, an English professor, and a future med student talk about the history of the human body in medicine, anatomy, and culture. Topics may include medical museums, anatomical grave-robbing, organ transplantation, disability studies, unusual bodies...whatever catches our interest (and we are interested in some rather odd things).

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Pitt (Still) Creates!

Even in the midst of a pandemic, #PittCreates and #creativityliveshere! So keep tagging your social media and show us how you’re keeping that creative spirit alive.

Did you receive funding for your Year of Creativity project, activity, or event? Your funds can be used this summer or fall, if that works better under the current circumstances.

Just send an email to and let the Year of Creativity team know your plans.

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