Center for Creativity

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Friday, Sept. 17  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Schenley Drive @ Hillman and Posvar 

Join us for Park(ing) Day 2021 as we turn parking spots into creative spaces for imagination, play, and connection.

Get hands-on with the C4C, University Archives & Special Collections, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the student art club ARTificial, as we (re)invent the humble parking space.

Buttonmaking and board games, collaborative Cathedral art, bookmaking and painting, even a stage for open mic performance: it's all happening Friday.

Come between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and stay as long as you like. We'll see you in the street!

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Take the Stage @ Park(ing) Day

Are you a performer in search of a stage? We're making one Friday at Park(ing) Day! Email to find out how you or your group can participate. Music, spoken word, dance, improv, and more welcome. Note: we can't provide electricity on the parking space stage, so no mics or amps are available. We're live and unplugged!

Fall Creative Workshops

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Have the changing leaves (and that ever-so-slight drop in the Pittsburgh heat) got you looking forward to fall? Inspired to take a creative leap? 

Our fall workshops offer a perfect opportunity to try something new or rediscover old creative passions. Check out our current lineup, and follow us on the Pitt events calendar to keep up to date!

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For Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, the C4C and Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are hosting a virtual showcase for creative work relevant to Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x racial, ethnic, and cultural identity.  

Artifacts may include (but are not limited to) poems, songs, dance, recipes, visual art, photographs, short films, narratives, and souvenirs. 

For guidelines or to send in an artifact, see our submission form.

Black Lives in Focus

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Black Lives in Focus explores the question, "What do we learn when Black life is in focus?" by amplifying and showcasing Black lives and voices.

The initiative kicked off with a multimedia exhibition of art and text, on view through Sept. 23 on the lawn between Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning.

Another Black Lives in Focus project, the "Say Her Name" Memorial Gown, is showing through Sept. 24 in the University Art Gallery. 

Created by award-winning costume designer and director KJ Gilmer, The Gown "illustrates the vibrant boldness of Black women while providing searing focus on the violence, horror, and terror that has plagued Black women as an inexplicable consequence of America’s racist DNA."

Black Lives in Focus will continue to grow; related projects and events can be found at the Black Lives in Focus website.

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Creativity in the Community

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Wit(h)ness: A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy

Oct. 4-8  |  CAAPP presents a week-long collection of virtual and in-person events that engage in creative practice toward themes related to, interrogating, and working from intimacy in this contemporary moment. 

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