My Cohort of Collaboration

When I wrote my proposal back in November of 2020, it was just me and my computer typing away about an idea that intrigued me in the present moment. Since March of that year, all of my academic situations revolved around me sitting at a desk in my room, typing, talking, watching, reading, all on…

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….

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…

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…

Ben Asciutto: “The New, New York City”

Hello! My name is Ben Asciutto, he/him, and I am a rising third year student dual-majoring in Business & Film and Media Studies with an Honors Joint Degree. On campus, I am excited to be the incoming Executive Producer of Pitt Tonight, Pitt’s one-and-only student-run late night talk show. Aside from my academic and extracurricular…

CJ Dawson Introduction: Portals in a Pandemic

Hi everyone! My name is CJ Dawson, my pronouns are she/her, and I am a rising fifth year student majoring in History of Art and Architecture with minors in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. When I’m not in class or drawing I can be found lacing up my cleats as a player on Pitt’s Women’s…

Jillian Werbisky Introduction: Psychology and Film Design

Hello, hello! My name is Jillian Werbisky, and my pronouns are she/her. I’m a rising senior from Coopersburg, PA majoring in Psychology and Administration of Justice, with minors in Theatre Arts and French and a certificate in National Preparedness and Homeland Security. My free time typically includes reading, painting, walking my dog, or watching movies….