Finding Community Through Collaboration

What I find most beautiful about the nature of my fellowship cohort is the emphasis on creative breadth through collaboration. By suspending what we think we know about our creativity, we reach a positive two-pronged effect: a successful stretch of our organizational methods, and an unveiling of new techniques to pursue our individual crafts with….

Building Community: How the Brackenridge Thrives on Difference

In my last post I introduced you all to my project on Jewish immigrant community building. Since then I have found myself wondering about my involvement in my own communities. How do I help create community? What defines being a member of a community? What is the value gained in joining a community? What is…

My Fellowship Cohort and New Perspectives

Developing a creative project from the very first brainstorm to the finished work is often understood as an independent production. After all, in my case, I was on my own when I came up with the proposal for my project. But looking back on the progress I have made since then, I recall that first…

Creative Arts, Collaboration, and My Cohort

One thing that I have really embraced since the beginning of the CAF program is being comfortable outside of my comfort zone. My fellow cohorts and I are different in our artistic mediums, approaches, and purposes, which is a relatively new experience for me. I think anytime we step out of our comfort zone we…

Cohort and Community

Working alongside the Creative Arts Fellowship cohort during the past spring semester and into this summer has played a crucial role in stimulating my creative process and my reflection upon how my work can situate into larger conversations and communities. When I received the Creative Arts Fellowship I didn’t realize just how excitingly vast the…

GBI: London

Hello everyone! My name is Daria Osiian and I am a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a student within the College of Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in statistics, pursuing an additional International Business Certificate. I’m from Orenburg, it’s a city in southwest Russia, near the border…

Hello Neighbor! My Name is Maria

Hello, neighbor! My name is Maria Anto (she/her) and I am a recipient of the Honors College Public Service Internship Award. From singing in the Heinz Chapel Choir to viewing fabulous productions as a Pitt Arts Host, I am incredibly grateful to be a student at the University of Pittsburgh. As I start my senior…

CRF Introduction: Caleb Shook

Hi everyone! I’m Caleb Shook and I am super excited to be a part of the Community Research Fellowship this year. A quick introduction: I am a rising sophomore at Pitt majoring in Business Information Systems and Political Science. At Pitt I am the Director of Experience Based Learning for the League of Emerging Analytics…

Caleb Bender introduces: Stories from the Hill

My name is Caleb Bender (he/him). I am a Film Production and Mathematics double major going into my 4th year at Pitt. As a freshman, I was immediately attracted to Pitt’s film program. Through film you can study history, language, culture, philosophy, and more, but I found a particular attraction to documentary filmmaking. Perhaps completely…