Center for Creativity

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, with an eye toward the relationship between remembering and reimagining; it’s a way to honor the past while 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. 

Visit the Center for Creativity on Friday, Feb. 28 between 3-5 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall. We'll be hosting a table where you can create your own responses to the art on exhbition!

For more information on events, see the webpage.

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Sunday Shareshop

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Sunday, Mar. 1  |  1-3 p.m.

Center for Creativity: The Workshop is a community space. As you make things here, people may ask you how you do what you do. And as you see others make things, we encourage you to ask them the same.

Our weekend Shareshops are designed to introduce you to new and different forms of making and pique your curiosity.

Drop by anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to watch a student artist work on a project they’re interested in: ask questions about the process, the hows and whys of making, and give it a try yourself if you like. (We have all the equipment and materials you need on hand.)

Our focus on March 1 is on digital art exploration using the Procreate app. If you've ever checked out Sinix Design's Paintsploration videos on YouTube and wondered how they do that, come check it out!

Painting by Elijah Hyndman, Center for Creativity student ambassador

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!

Register now for these upcoming Center for Creativity programs!

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Arm Knitting with Pitt Knits

Wednesday, Mar. 4  |  3:30-6 p.m.

Knitting without needles? Yes! Arm knitting is a super-sized version of needle knitting: bigger, chunkier, and super easy to learn. Let Pitt Knits show you the technique!

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Branded! Make Your Own Logo

Thursday, Mar. 19  |  4-5:30 p.m.

The Center for Creativity and Adobe Creative Club Network bring you a complete logo design workshop! Come learn logo theory and design your own with an intro to Adobe Illustrator.

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Upcycle: Papermaking

Wednesday, Mar. 25  |  3-4:30 p.m.

Paper started out as a cutting edge invention. Now it's all around us! Learn how to reuse old paper scraps to make your own unique paper for cards, labels, letters, and more.

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Sustainability Mural Idea Session

Wednesday, Mar. 25  |  7-9 p.m.

Would you like to see a sustainability mural on campus? Have visual skills to contribute, or maybe you're interested in helping to develop some ideas? Join us!

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Thursday, Mar. 26  |  1-2:30 p.m.

Love flowers? Interested in watercolors, pastels, and collage-making? Learn to make beautiful geometric floral designs with mixed media in this beginner's workshop.  

Center for Creativity Officially Green!

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The Center for Creativity has been officially recognized as a Green Office by the Pitt Office of Sustainability in the first round of designations!

C4C achieved "Sprout" status as part of the Office of Sustainability plan to advance Pitt's culture of sustainability across campus. Around 40 offices earned statuses from "Seed" to "Sustainable Oak" based on current practices.

If your office would like to participate in the Green Office inititative, you can find more information on the Sustainability website. And if you're a student living in a residence hall, you can be a Pitt Green Resident and maybe help your floor win a zero waste finals party!

Watch for C4C programs spotlighting sustainability through reuse and upcycling, and if you or your office are spring cleaning, remember that C4C accepts donations of materials for creative reuse!

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Creativation: A Community Art Festival with Douglas R. Ewart

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Friday, Mar. 20  |  5-7 p.m.  |  Pitt Sports Dome

Creativation, a confluence of community and creativity with music, dance, art, and more, features international artist and composter Douglas R. Ewart conducting his massive organized improvisation, Crepuscule

Crepuscule provides a space for all people to perform all kinds of creative art forms and disciplines, building connections across boundaries of culture, class, gender, and ethnicity.

A free and family-friendly event!

Open Mic Open Minds

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Thursday, Mar. 26  |  8:30-10 p.m.  |  Nordy's Place

The Center for Creativity, in partnership with Pitt Active Minds and the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center, are proud to present Open Mic Open Minds.

In this collaboration designed to increase awareness of and destigmatize mental illness through creativity, we invite you to share creative work of all kinds that speaks to personal experience with mental health.

The night features performances by featured artists, followed by an open mic. All performative art forms, from spoken word to storytelling to music and beyond, are welcome!

Participants are invited to perform their own material, but we're also reserving time for anonymous or volunteer-performed pieces. If you're uncomfortable presenting your own work, or if you would like to volunteer to perform the work of others, please see our guidelines for details.

Additional info and resources related to mental health will be available at the event. We look forward to sharing the stage with you!

Creativity on Campus

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Beyond 2020: Microtonal Music Festival

Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

Leading composers, performers, and theorists of microtonal music converge on Pittsburgh for a three-day festival and symposium. Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum.

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Faculty Book Talk: Cassie Quigley

Wednesday, Mar. 4  |  4:30-5:30 p.m.

An Educator's Guide to STEAM: Engaging Students Using Real-World Problems will help readers understand what STEAM is, how it differs from STEM, and how it can be used to engage students in K–8 classrooms.

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Head Over Heels

Apr. 2 - 12

A jukebox musical featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s and based on Philip Sidney’s The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, Head Over Heels preaches unconditional love and acceptance of yourself and everyone you know, no matter their gender or sexual identity, and uses some of the greatest pop rock hits of the late 20th century.

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