Center for Creativity

Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

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Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21  |  4-6 p.m.  |  C4C Workshop

Hey, neighbor! Did you know Pitt was part of Mister Rogers’ neighborhood?

Please join us at the Center for Creativity Workshop (downstairs in the University Store on Fifth) to celebrate Fred Rogers’ creativity and his connections to—and impact on—the University. (For example, did you know that he was an adjunct professor in Pitt's Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences?)

  • Make a button! We’ll have button makers and Fred Rogers images from the University of Pittsburgh Library System's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Collection.
  • Letterpress a postcard! We’ll have the press ready; you can press and go.
  • Design your own thank-you card! Thank one of the people in your neighborhood for the things they do that make them special to you.

Free cookies and hot beverages: bring your own cardigan and blue Keds!

Presented by the Center for Creativity and the University of Pittsburgh Library System, and part of Pitt’s Year of Creativity. Images from the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Collection, 1955-2003, SC.1989.07, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System.

Improvisation for Advising Conversations

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Friday, Nov. 22  |  1-4 p.m.  |  121 Alumni Hall

Improvisation is becoming increasingly recognized as a critical skill for engaging in productive conversations. Recently, improv has been brought into higher education spaces as a key training modality for academic advising.

Through a series of facilitated simulations and role-playing with real Pitt students, advisors will have a chance to learn, share, and practice new approaches to bring to their advising work.

Pre-registration required: register here

Presented by Olivia Hartle, Project Manager, and April Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, Office of the Provost. Part of Pitt's Year of Creativity

Open Mic Night @ Nordy's

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Wednesday, Dec. 4  |  8:30-10 p.m.  |  Nordy's Place

Join us for our December open mic, which will feature music by The Haze Collective and poetry from Addverse Poetry Collective.

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! And new this fall: our open mic nights are ASL interpreted.

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

For more details, see our event page.

Yoga Paint Party

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Friday, Dec. 6  |  7-9 p.m.  |  WPU Assembly Room

Join the Stress Free Zone and the the Center for Creativity in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room for a Yoga Paint Party hosted by YOGAMOTIF.

Use your body as a paintbrush to create a mess-free painting on your yoga mat. (Don't worry, you won't get dirty!) Think advanced finger-painting, without the mess and stress.

This event includes gentle yoga, materials (including a yoga mat to use for the event only), and your original painting to take home.

Things to remember:

  • Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Relax! (And remember, you won't leave covered in paint.)

Pre-registration is required for this event as space is limited.

All students must register in person with $5 cash only deposit at the Center for Creativity, located downstairs in the University Store on Fifth. Your $5 deposit will be returned to you at the end of the event.

Presented by the Center for Creativity and the Stress Free Zone, and part of Pitt’s Year of Creativity

Bound & UnBound: A Celebration

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Wednesday, Dec. 11  |  6-8 p.m.  |  C4C Workshop

Join us in the Center for Creativity Workshop for a celebration of the work created in our Bound & UnBound workshops this fall!

Participants created and bound their own unique blank journals, wrote and made mini-books of original blackout poetry, and explored the DIY aesthetic of zines.

We’ll have examples of work on hand for inspiration, and you can make your own simple stitched booklet, check out a working letterpress, and have fun with other text and image based activities!

RSVPs encouraged! RSVP here

Fiber Arts Crew Needs You!

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In 2018 a group of fiber artists (knitters and crocheters) from the PA Child Welfare Resource Center, a part of Pitt School of Social Work, started the Fiber Arts Crew.

With a growing number of fiber enthusiasts, they created 48 8"x8" squares and assembled them into a 72"x54" blanket. What started as a mix of yarn and different stitches came together in one beautiful handmade blanket, donated to the 2019 Foster Youth retreat.

With a grant from Pitt’s Year of Creativity, the Crew wants to continue their blanket donations on a larger scale for the 2020 Older Youth Retreat, and they’d like to make it a University-wide effort.

Their goal is to have one blanket for every youth at the retreat so that all youth in attendance leave with a handmade blanket to wrap around them as they transition to adulthood.

The Crew hopes to engage Pitt staff, faculty, and students to be creative for a cause: to inspire them to contribute their time and talents to create as many as 100 blankets.  

If you are interested in being a fiber artist champion (willing to organize a group of fiber artists), or you would like to knit or crochet for this cause, please contact Kathleen Swain at as soon as possible. 

For more details, see the School of Social Work website!

Year of Creativity Project Funding

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The Year of Creativity funding working group is extremely pleased by the outpouring of interest in initiating projects and events that actively engage the Pitt and wider communities in creative processes. The extent to which University students, faculty, and staff have embraced this opportunity is impressive!

To shepherd resources most effectively, we are temporarily suspending acceptance of new proposals in order to finalize reviews of those proposals already received.

The application window will re-open on January 2, 2020, pending the ongoing availability of funds.

Creativity Around Campus

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Afropop Ensemble Fall Concert

Friday, Nov. 22 | 8-10 p.m.

Mathew Tembo leads the Afropop Ensemble in musical styles from different parts of sub-Saharan Africa that have played a part in resisting state violence. The ensemble will perform pieces by Fela Kuti, Hugh Makela, Evison Matafale, Bob Marley, and Thomas Mapfumo.

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Making Masterpieces

Thursday, Dec. 5  |  5-7 p.m.

Join the University Art Gallery for an evening of hands-on activities to mark the final day of The Curious Drawings of Doctor Clapp and Metal from Clay: Pittsburgh’s Aluminum Stories, including drawing, button making, yoga in the gallery, prizes and more! Free food and refreshments!

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