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March 17, 2016

Getting creative

two ladies with paint brushesThe grand opening party for the Center for Creativity: The Workshop ( on March 14 showed off the new campus maker space designed for all members of the University community. Jinx Walton, chief information officer in Computing Services and Systems Development, and Geovette Washington, senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer, helped to decorate the workshop’s splatter room (left), as did Debra Fyock, director of The University Store on Fifth, where the maker space is located.

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop is a pilot program developed as part of the University’s Year of the Humanities; it aims to connect Pitt people whose work and passions involve making everything from stories, pictures and music to apps and other hands-on creations. The maker space studio has writing walls on which patrons might also diagram or chalk, and offers clay, paint, musical instruments, fabric and yarn on site. Future plans include guided maker programs.

Need some creative inspiration? A “Question of the Day” to spark your creativity first thing in the morning is available via the Twitter handle @PittC4C or by subscribingcolorfuldress (via email or text) to the center’s feed on the NotifyU system.

The center hopes to promote the enjoyment of experimentation, rather than the development of products. It is accessible via the University Store’s entrance on the Schenley Quad.

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