Center for Creativity


Ways to get involved in creativity around campus.... 


2019-20: The Year of Creativity

Provost Ann Cudd will continue the “Year Of” program started by her predecessor, Patricia Beeson, with the Year of Creativity in 2019-20.

“Creativity unites all of the University’s intellectual and artistic endeavors, from neuroscience to sculpture, from legal scholarship to computer science, from music to pharmacogenomics,” Cudd said in a statement. “No single virtue better describes what humans do best than creativity. I look forward to a year devoted to encouraging the creative spark in all of us.”

A committee of faculty, staff and students is being formed to coordinate the year. More information coming soon!


Pitt PARK(ing) Day 2019

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

Each 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. 20+ centers, departments, and student organizations take part, turning parking spaces into gardens, art studios, performance spaces, and more.

Planning for 2019 is underway, and we want to start spreading the word, and the fun! We held some info sessions this spring to introduce the Pitt community to ideas underpinning PARK(ing) Day. Now you can join us to take a deeper dive: learn more about tactical urbanism, discuss creative solutions to typical PARK(ing) Day challenges, and work through ideas for your department or center's participation. 

Attendance at a previous PARK(ing) Day info session is not required. This session will get deeper into the PARK(ing) Day concept, but we welcome newcomers! 

Food and drink provided

Info Session Registration for Wednesday, June 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m


WANTED: Graduate Student Assistant, Organizational Innovation Lab

Swanson School of Engineering's Organizational Innovation Lab is founded under Dean James Martin’s vision to bring humanness back to engineering. The OI Lab is dedicated to bringing this vision to reality through innovative approaches, such as engaging in storytelling to transform culture, communicate values and build communities. Leveraging the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Swanson School of Engineering, the OI Lab is launching a podcast called “The Story of Us” to capture the stories of our faculty, staff, students and all Swanson family members. The seasons under consideration are Students in Makerspace, Faculty Research, Staff Innovation, Community Engagement, Alumni Outreach, Global Footprint.

The main responsibilities of the new GSA are to assist in all activities related the production of the podcast.

  • Engage in the whole process of podcast production from pitching and interviewing to scripting and audio editing, as well as marketing and advocacy
  • Design and deliver workshops to build capacity for good storytelling
  • Coordinate with storytellers and other stakeholders
  • Assist with the OI Lab’s public relations strategies, including website, social media, and newsletters

Eligible Majors:

  • Literature/creative writing
  • Media studies/documentary studies
  • Communications/journalism
  • Philosophy/psychology


  • Interested in telling good stories and teaching how good stories are told
  • Adequate training in skills related to podcast production (previous experience preferred)
  • Adequate training in interviewing techniques and speech coaching skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Creative problem solving skills and team skills

To apply:
Please submit cover letter, CV and two reference letters (including one from the main advisor) to Dr. Gemma Jiang ( by June 30, 2019. Cover letter should explain why joining the Organizational Innovation Lab team would advance the applicant’s academic and professional development, and how the applicant’s skillsets fit the need of the Lab. Cover letter should be one page. Once the above-mentioned documents are received, applicants will be contacted for a telephone or personal interview if selected.



ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History presented the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival in October 2017. The festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, was a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD).

The Center for Creativity proudly presented Erin Anderson's Our Time Is Up at the inaugural ACCelerate festival. 

This multichannel sound installation tells the story of Jake and Helen McCleary, an elderly couple struggling to save their troubled marriage. The story unfolds across a series of weekly therapy sessions in which Jake and Helen sort through the messy details of their relationship. Unlike a conventional audio drama, the characters’ voices are constructed from fragments of oral history recordings of two people who have died—and who never met. Using a manual process of concatenated speech synthesis, the archival voices have been digitally disarticulated and recombined to create a new, fictional story and an uncanny encounter between living and dead, human and machine.

This project brought together an interdisciplinary team of writers, designers, historians, and engineers and invited the audience to enter a mock therapist’s office and inhabit the experience of the absent characters, with each character’s voice emitted from a directional speaker. A screencast of the multi-track audio session reveals the secret behind the drama’s construction, and individual headsets provide access to the original oral histories. This immersive experience offers a reflection on the precarious temporality of human lives and relationships and the paradoxical potential for reinvention that sound recording affords. (Researchers: Erin Anderson and Brandon Barber)