Center for Creativity

Ideation Expo 2020: Ideas That Bridge Divides

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Tuesday, Feb. 18  |  10:45 a.m.  |  University Club Ballroom A

Join Ideation Expo 2020, the “Dolphin Tank” (not a shark tank!) for social innovation on the Pitt campus. Topics range from building a caring campus community to leading sustainable housing initiatives.

Come out and support Pitt U.lab Hub community members! As an audience member, you will be the first to learn about the innovative projects, support social and organizational innovation initiatives, and weigh in on all the projects with your vote and feedback.

Register here!

Can’t be there in person? Participate and vote live remotely.

C4C Open Mic @ Nordy's

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Thursday, Feb. 20  |  Nordy's Place  |  8:30 - 10 p.m.

We provide a stage, a mic, and a supportive environment, whether you're an experienced performer or a first-timer. You provide your own unique creative voice.

Even if you don't want to get up on stage, come down, enjoy free snacks, and support Pitt open mic performers!

Our featured performer lineup is in progress, so check out our event page for updates! 

Pitt Knits Open Knitting Hours

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Did you know Pitt Knits has a weekly open knitting hour in Center for Creativity: The Workshop? 

On Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m., you can join a Pitt Knitter to learn basics, ask questions, or just have some company while you work!

Pitt Knits' mission is to provide blankets and warm accessories like scarves, mittens, and hats to those in need. They donate their profits from tabling and the knitted/crocheted goods made throughout the year to the community. 

And speaking of fiber arts and community service, if you're interested in knitting or crocheting, check out this story on the Fiber Arts Crew! For more information on how to join this creative effort to benefit foster youth, see their webpage

Register now for these upcoming programs at Center for Creativity: The Workshop!

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Get Weaving

Wednesday, Feb. 19  |  3 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us for an intro to weaving (on mini-looms made on our own Glowforge laser cutter), and learn the terms and technique to create your own small wall decoration.

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Create Your Own Superhero

Friday, Feb. 21  |  3 - 4:30 p.m.

Do you love superheroes? Ever wanted to create your own character? Brainstorm powers, design an original costume, and create a backstory! 

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Beyond Instapoems

Tuesday, Mar. 3  |  5 - 6:30 p.m.

Instagram offers a way to combine words and images into a new kind of creative experience. We'll look at different ways to use this platform, combining writing prompts with your own photographs to explore creative connections.

Black to the Future

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Black to the Future: An Arts Festival of Art, Social Justice, and Dreaming is a reframing of what it means to celebrate Black History Month.

The festival has an eye toward the relationship between remembering and reimagining; it’s a way to honor the past while simultaneously imagining the future we want to live in.

With concepts from AfroFuturists in mind, the festival brings together “the imagination, technology, the future, and liberation” via experimentation and a redefinition of culture and blackness itself. It also focuses on the critical impact of art, poetry, and music in helping to change culture so that what we dream might actually become reality.

Spanning four days, the festival is a celebration of the creative arts across genres. Performance and visual artists, musicians, poets, and dancers will, in practice, think inside of this and other historical moments and our potential relationships to a liberated, speculative future. 

Submissions for the Black To The Future art exhibition (to be held in Alumni Hall's Connolly Ballroom) are open. You can submit your art for display by using this form.  

For more information on events, see the webpage.

Creating into Archival Gaps: An Interactive Art & Poetry Workshop

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Tuesday, Mar. 17  |  6 - 9 p.m.

Register here

Join assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and research assistant professor in English Lauren Russell and Sarah Stefana Smith (American University, Postdoctoral Fellow in Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Studies and the Department of Art) in a workshop on memory, poetics and visuality!

Please bring a historical object of inquiry (perhaps a journal, family heirloom, photograph, or letter). Russell and Smith will discuss elements of their practice and invite participants to move through a series of poetic and visual exercises to construct sketch-collages that capture tensions of history and legibility.

Refreshments will be provided!

What public art would you like to see on Pitt’s Oakland campus?

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photo by Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh

Check out this great story by Susan Jones in the University Times on the new Art on Campus initiative and take a peek at the Art on Campus website.

Then stop by Center for Creativity: The Workshop to design and submit your own idea(s) for a public work of art! 

Creativity on Campus

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Feb. 20 - Mar. 1

As the adult children of a newly-dead patriarch sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But when a disturbing discovery surfaces, the reunion takes an explosive turn.

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Pitt Big Band Festival

Saturday, Feb. 22  |  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pitt Jazz Ensemble hosts renowned educator Erica Von Kleist and guest bands from Pittsburgh of Creative and Performing Arts High School, Carnegie Mellon University, and Slippery Rock University.

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Reading Justin Phillip Reed

Feb. 27 | 6:30 p.m.

Poets Simone White and Tongo Eisen-Martin, and poet and performance artist Jaamil Kosoko, present responses to CAAPP Fellow Justin Phillip Reed's forthcoming book The Malevolent Volume.


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