Center for Creativity

One Minute Film Festival

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At the Center for Creativity, we believe everyone has a story to tell.

The tools of filmmaking have never been more accessible; most of us carry a high-quality video camera in our pockets every day! The One Minute Film Festival will give a platform for visual storytelling to anyone in the Pitt community with an idea and a smartphone or digital camera.

The festival is open to all forms of expression through the moving image: we want to see your narrative shorts, documentaries, stop motion, experimental films, music videos, and anything else you come up with. The only constraint is a time limit.

How can you convey a message, show the meaning in a moment, and compel an audience in only 60 seconds? We're excited to find out!

For details and submission info, check our website. Deadline for submissions is October 26 at noon!

Black Study Intensive

Collective Protest and Rebellion poster for Black Study Intensive

Starting Monday, September 28, The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics presents "Collective Protest & Rebellion," a week-long Black Study Intensive.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, The Humanities Center, The Year of Creativity (2019/20), the Center for Creativity, the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, and the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, the intensive features a series of programs and events centering Black voices in conversation, performance, and study.

We are proud to host three associated programs on October 1 during "Thinking in Creative Practice: A Day of Creativity and Reflection." 

  • ​"Creativity on Fire: Making Zines" shines a light on the ultimate DIY creative project. Participants will learn tips and tricks to make their own zines, which will be archived in the Frick Fine Arts Library.
  • "Me in the Poetry: A Longed-For Bed" uses Audre Lorde's work to delve into how we can use poetry to identify our true life’s passions and envision our richest possible lives.
  • And our open mic night, "Black Voices, Black Visions," centers Black creators on campus through music, poetry, and spoken word with featured Pitt performers and you, our audience!   

Join us for one or all of these events designed to inspire and celebrate Black voices and visions.

Mental Health Awareness Month

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The Center for Creativity partners with Pitt NAMI to host a virtual art gallery, "Putting Mind Into Matter: An Art Exhibit on Mental Health & Creativity," through October. Entries will start to go up soon! 

And on Wednesday, October 14, we present "Open Mic, Open Minds," an open mic night focused on creative responses to and experiences of mental health and illness.

Join us for a night of music, poetry, and more with featured Pitt performers, and add your voice when we open up our virtual stage to our audience. Any performance genre is welcome: monologues, music, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, etc.

Even if you're not a performer, tune in to support your Pitt community!

Fall Workshops

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Our full roster of fall workshops is out! Check our events page by month to see what we've got coming, including programs on screenwriting and poetry, visual art, and more. Try something new, or dive deeper into one of your creative passions by meeting others who share your interest. No previous experience required!

Hispanic Heritage Month

banner graphic reading Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

What does it mean to be Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x in the United States? 

The Hispanic Heritage Month Artifact Showcase helps to address this question by inviting all members of the Pitt and CMU communities, and the Pittsburgh community-at-large, to submit artifacts relevant to their Hispanic/Latina/o/e/x racial, ethnic, and cultural identity.

Submissions are encouraged regardless of race, ethnicity, birthplace, immigration story, language(s) spoken, and more.

Artifacts may include but are not limited to poems, songs, dance, recipes, art, photographs, narratives, and souvenirs, and will be displayed online with attribution to the artists throughout Hispanic Heritage Month 2020.

For more information and to find out how to submit your artifact, check out the HHM Showcase webpage

Creativity Around the Community

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Storying Our Lives: Re-Imagining Our Worlds

Oct. 2-3 | Do you love a good story? Enjoy this unique program with storyteller extraordinaire Eileen Moeller, who will lead a two-part virtual workshop! Students must be available for and sign up for both parts.


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