Center for Creativity

Special Events

3rd Annual Pitt PARK(ing) Day

Friday, Sept. 20 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Schenley Drive, in front of Hillman and Posvar

Today, it’s just a parking space.... But what could it be? 

Every September, people around the world turn metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces for a day: temporary parklets, creative interventions and social spaces.

For two years, Pitt's Center for Creativity and Department of Parking, Transportation, and Services have teamed up to sponsor a University PARK(ing) Day event. This year, PARK(ing) Day marks the kickoff of Pitt’s Year of Creativity! 

How can your department, school, or center transform an ordinary parking space? Create a stage and fill it with performances? Build a temporary interactive art installation? Design a meditative space, or a mini making studio, or a gym? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, and by a few creative constraints: everything must be temporary (think chalk, not paint) and cleaned up at the end of the day, there’s no access to electricity, and you have a space approximately 8’ x 18’ to work with. 

PARK(ing) Day 2019 is Friday, Sept. 20, and we’ll be transforming the space along Schenley Drive in front of Hillman and Posvar from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

Check out the @Pitt story here!


Make It Quick! A Speed Making Event

hands making collages and gluing things

Thursday, Sept. 12 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required: space is limited!

A roomful of strangers. A series of challenges involving everything from Lego to haiku, clay to comics, trading cards to Tinkertoys. 

Speed making is a fun, creative way to meet new friends and try new things! Through a series of seven-minute collaborative making experiments, you’ll get to know other Pitt people with a passion for creating while exploring different materials, formats, and processes. 

Jumpstart your creative engine and connect with other makers to get your Year of Creativity going. Absolutely no experience required. Refreshments, materials, and (modest) prizes provided! Pre-register here.


Ring It On! A Handbell Workshop

Pre-registration required: space is limited!

Thursday, Oct. 3 | 5-7 p.m. 

Ever wanted to learn a new musical instrument, but never had the time or experience? Well, now you can, and it's easier than you think!

Join the ringers of the University Handbell Ensemble for this one-of-a-kind introduction to the art of handbell ringing. Learn the basics of music notation and ringing, enjoy a short performance by the Ensemble, and chill out over some light refreshments.

We provide everything you need - all you have to bring is your curiosity! Pre-register here.


Bound & Unbound: A Celebration

Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Center for Creativity: The Workshop

RSVPs encouraged: RSVP here

Join us for a celebration of the work created in our Bound & UnBound workshops this fall! 

Participants created and bound their own unique blank journals, wrote and made mini-books of original blackout poetry, and explored the DIY aesthetic of zines.

We’ll have examples of their work on hand for inspiration, and you can make your own simple stitched booklet, check out a working letterpress, and have fun with other text and image based activities!