Center for Creativity: The Workshop


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.


Open Mic Night @ Nordy's Place

Monday, September 25 | 8:30-10 pm

Monday, October 16 | 8:30-10 pm

Monday, November 6 | 8:30-10 pm


The Center for Creativity hosts Monday Open Mic Nights from 8:30-10 pm on select Mondays this fall 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 on a first-come, first-served basis and begins at 8 pm.
  • Performance slots are 6-8 minutes each.
  • 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!  
  • Your performance slot includes setup time, so it’s a good idea to keep it simple. 
  • Pitt students. faculty, and staff are all equally welcome as performers and/or audience members!

Musical performers, please bring your own instruments!


NEW! PARK(ing) Day 2017

Photo by Rebar

Friday, September 15 | 9 am-5 pm

Today, it’s just a parking space. Tomorrow? Still a parking space. 

But on Friday, September 15?

The University's Center for Creativity and Department of Parking, Transportation, and Services are proud to co-sponsor Pitt’s first PARK(ing) Day event. Over 20 departments, centers, and organizations will transform Schenley Quad parking spaces through creative energy and experimentation.

What is PARK(ing) Day? Every year, citizens, artists, and activists around the world temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary parklets, creative interventions, and social spaces. The event started in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design studio, converted one metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day’s mission to re-examine ideas of – and generate critical discussion around – the creation and use of urban public space has grown into a massive “open-source” project with community-based installations in hundreds of cities around the world. 

Pitt’s PARK(ing) Day activities run from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, September 15, and are free and open to all. You never know what you’ll see – or do – till you’re there!

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar:


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.

Building a Digital Portfolio with WordPress

Tuesday, September 19 | 4-6 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

Digital portfolios are a great way to demonstrate your work and expertise, to shape your online presence, and to reflect on aspects of your creative self that you’d like to further develop. In this workshop, using the freely-available WordPress platform, we’ll explore what makes a successful portfolio as well as some of the choices you’ll face when creating an online representation of yourself. You’ll leave with a personal site that you can continue to develop after the workshop. Please bring along your ideas, your creativity, and a laptop! (We'll also have iPads available if you don't have that last one.) Presented by Aaron Brenner, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, University Library System

Drawn Together

Thursday, September 21 | 7-8:30 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

Use drawing media like pencils, charcoal, and pastels, and work together with other Pitt creators to make a single - and singular! - shared piece of art. During this collaborative workshop, be prepared to meet new people who share your passion for creating, and stay on your toes! We may throw a curveball or two to help you stretch new creative muscles. Facilitated by Mike Campbell, Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Creating Multimedia Digital Narratives

Wednesday, September 27 | 4-6 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

Digital tools have introduced new modes for telling research stories, enabling people to work outside of the more traditional structure of the essay, connecting text with timelines, maps, videos, and other visual material. This workshop provides participants a space for exploring digital writing tools for creating collaborative, non-linear, and multimodal scholarship. We will explore multiple tools for generating maps, timelines, and image collections and introduce Scalar, a free authoring and publishing platform that allows users to bring together their writing and imported media. We will look at examples of digital narratives and experiment with the functionalities of various tools through hands-on play. Please bring along your ideas, your creativity, and a laptop! Facilitated by Kiana Jones, Kate Joranson, and Nora Mattern of the University Library System


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.

Found Poetry

Wednesday, September 20 | 12:15-12:45 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here   

Found objects have long been used in visual arts, but how about found words? Search pages of recycled text to create your own new poems. You may be surprised at what you can write!