Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Programs

The core program of the Workshop is an open "maker space" for University students, faculty, and staff. With a Pitt ID, members of the University community are welcome to come to this space to exercise their creative spirit and muscles. The Workshop provides large walls for writing, diagramming, or chalking; clay for shaping; tables and chairs for challenging conversations or quiet wordsmithing; paint; musical instruments; fabric and yarn; and more. 

As you make things here, expect people to come up to you and ask you how you do what you do. And as you see others make things, please feel free to ask them to show you how they do what they do. This is a community space and a place to make unexpected connections that can lead you to new discoveries or ways of seeing.

 

Yoga & Writing Workshop

Monday, Jan. 22  |  6-8 pm

** Pre-registration required: register here 

The Stress Free Zone and Center for Creativity team up for a Yoga & Writing Workshop!

Co-led by Hallie Stotsky (Stress Free Zone) and Erik Schuckers (Center for Creativity), this unique workshop begins with 60 minutes of yoga for all levels where participants practice moving their bodies and connecting their breath to clear their minds. The group then moves through creative sequences with modifications for all body types. Notebooks are provided so that participants can make brief notes of images, thoughts, and feelings that arise as they practice. These notes then serve as the basis for two to three guided creative, expressive exercises following the movement practice. After the yoga and writing, stay around to enjoy refreshments and reflect on your experience with other participants!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in, and come with an open mind! This workshop is free and open to all members of the University of Pittsburgh community: students, faculty, and staff. You do not need to have any previous experience with yoga or writing: all materials - including yoga mats and notebooks - will be provided! 

Funding for this workshop provided in part by The Year of Healthy U.

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Open Mic Nights @ Nordy's Place

Monday, Jan. 29  |  8:30-10 pm; sign up starts at 8 pm

The Center for Creativity hosts Monday Open Mic Nights from 8:30-10 pm the last Monday of every month at Nordy's Place in the William Pitt Union!

The C4C Open Mic is a chance for performers of all kinds – writers, musicians, comics, storytellers, and others – to meet and mingle while showcasing their skills. All levels and styles are welcome! Whether you have experience performing in public, or you’re a first-timer in search of a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you. 

Important Info

  • Sign up is first-come, first served and starts at 8 pm
  • Performance slots are 6-8 minutes each. Your slot includes setup time, so it’s a good idea to keep it simple. 
  • All performance genres are welcome: poetry or prose, music (original or covers), comedy, performance art, storytelling, monologues, magic…. If you can do it in public, you can sign up for a slot!
  • We love solos and duos, and even small groups!

Pitt students, faculty, and staff are all equally welcome as performers and/or audience members!

Musical performers, please bring your own instruments!

 

Collider | Tradition

Wednesday, Jan. 31  |  7-9 pm  |  Hillman Library Digital Scholarship Commons

Join us at the Digital Scholarship Commons in Hillman Library from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, January 31, for Collider, an event that brings the Pitt community together for an evening of art, music, and performance.

At each Collider, we focus on one important component of creativity, and invite creators of all skill levels to try out, display, or perform work around that theme in an informal party atmosphere. This Collider focuses on "tradition." According to Gustav Mahler, "Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire." How does the notion of tradition influence creators? How do we maintain traditions, or challenge them, in creative work? 

Join us for an evening where tradition takes center stage, in many shapes! We'll be adding details as they're confirmed, but get the date on your calendar now. Free inspiration, art, music, and refreshments provided!

 

W2  (Workshop Workshops)

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop also hosts more formal programs led by people with a particular skill or passion in a "maker" area, as well as events showcasing Pitt's creative force. No prior experience is required: amateurs and beginners welcome! Except as noted, all materials and supplies are provided.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR WINTER/SPRING 2018!

 

NEW! Especially for Faculty and Staff

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop is for all members of the Pitt community, but we sometimes offer programs that are especially geared toward Pitt staff and faculty! 

Tuesday Tours

Second Tuesday of every month | 12:30-1 pm

Curious about The Workshop, but not sure where to start? Would you like to explore the space and talk about how you, your department, your staff, or your peer group could make use of all the resources we have to offer? Join us for a quick walkthrough on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm, and come see what you’ve been missing! No reservation needed.

Lunch & Learn

Think you don’t have time to be creative on your lunch hour? Just come and join us for a taste of one of our upcoming full-length workshops! Please bring your own lunch: we’ll provide drinks and snacks! Arrive as early as noon and stay as long as you like; demonstration and talk from 12:15-12:45 pm. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS!

 

C4C After Dark 

STUDY BREAK!  Held in the Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library

Even a fifteen minute break from studying can be enough to refresh your brain and make you more effective. So we've introduced C4C After Dark, a satellite mini-Workshop space in Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons.

From 7-9 pm every Tuesday, while the regular Workshop space sleeps, you can visit us at the DSC. We bring along a sampling of our materials and equipment, and have staff available to give you a hand. We can also get you oriented to use the creative equipment offered for loan (see Equipment).