Center for Creativity

C4C: The Screen Share

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We're launching a new collaborative online project to help us all stay creatively connected during these days of distancing!

C4C: The Screen Share is a place to find information on current C4C initiatives: new online workshops, our upcoming podcast, a blog, and more! 

Featured recently in @Pitt, this new virtual project aims to be an interactive space to keep our community engaged and "together while apart." Across campuses, across states and countries, Pitt still creates! 

Check us out and let us know what you think! Email with comments or suggestions: what would you like to see, what could we do to help support your creative lives and practices, how can we better connect with you? 

Daily Creativity Prompts

Just a reminder: we're offering daily prompts via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to help you stay connected to your creative spirit! Follow #PittPrompts on any platform for your daily dose of inspiration!

Virtual Creative Cafe

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Are you getting a little tired of working on your creative projects by yourself? Feeling a little slump in motivation mid-afternoon? Missing the chance to hang out and work alongside other makers? We have an idea!

Starting on Monday, March 30, we're hosting a Creative Cafe from 2:30-3 p.m. EDT. From Monday through Friday, you can drop in between these times to hang with other makers, work on whatever project you have going on, and share conversation and ideas! 

Bring your art, knitting, writing, papercraft, sculpture, or other project, settle in with a snack, and enjoy some creative time with us! 

Use our Creative Cafe Zoom link to join!

(It's if you want to copy & put it on your calendar!)

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!


Online Creative Workshops

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We're starting up some live online workshops to keep you making stuff with other Pitt people. We have two workshops scheduled for next week: keep an eye on our Programs for more!

Works of Intention is a meditative art workshop that will help you focus on a goal and organize your thoughts in a creative way, using simple materials.

Amigurumi Basics will introduce you to the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed yarn dolls and guide you through the basics of making your first small figure.

Register via the Eventbrite links above for each! These workshops are offered via Zoom, and links will be available after registration.

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Virtual Open Mic Nights

Our first Zoom open mic night was so much fun that we're doing it again, sooner than we expected! Mark your calendars and get your home stage ready for Thursday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m. Watch for details in our next newsletter or our Open Mic page!

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 on virus transmission, or something to help your community adapt to and connect across a changed academic and social landscape.

Creative responses to public health issues can empower and educate others, and positively affect behavior. From pins used to fundraise for a cure for polio to posters that raised awareness of safer sex practices during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis to the use of popular music to help combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia, creativity has played a critical role in public health campaigns. 

With the recent rise of COVID-19, it’s natural to feel helpless in the face of such a worldwide challenge. But there are things we can all do, including using our creativity to connect with and influence others.

The Center for Creativity is hosting a 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.

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.

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. All entries may be shared via C4C social media, and winning entries (yes, there will be prizes!) will be selected based on creativity, accuracy, and power of communication.

artwork by Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) Interior Noon, 1970

University Art Gallery... From Home!

Over the next weeks, the University Art Gallery will share a series of special projects highlighting current exhibitions, sharing virtual art labs, and offering tips for the community. Follow #UAGfromHome on Instagram to keep up!

artwork: Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005), Interior Noon, 1970 (silkscreen)

Stay Connected with Creativity

  • Podcast | Being Human (celebrating the value of the humanities, within the university and beyond)
  • Podcast | One in Twenty (funny stories related to random words)  
  • Podcast | Trial by Dice (D&D play podcast where high fantasy meets Swamp Gothic)
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The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds

Using examples from birdsong, the natural lilt of emphatic language and even a cooking pan lid, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero shows how the everyday soundscape, even silence, makes music. Check out her TED talk.

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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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