Art + Data Workshop Series

This series began in collaboration with Liz Monk and Nora Mattern, as programming for the Year of Data and Society at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2021-2022 academic year. Since then, we have offered our workshops in various settings, including the Center for Creativity, the University Library System, undergraduate courses, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and a zine-making workshop at Prototype PGH. Through these workshops, we hope to facilitate conversations about personal and civic data, considering how data visualization and analysis are interpretive, humanistic endeavors. We explore visualization without computers, and examine our feelings toward and approaches to working with data. 

Interested in talking about a possible workshop or collaboration? Get in touch! cmg100[at] 

Past Workshops 

Accessing and Using Community Data for Your Art
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Monday, October 17, 2022, 6-8pm [online]
In this workshop we explore the connection between art and the creative side of visualizing data. Drawing inspiration from examples of data-driven artwork, including Mona Chalabi’s hand-drawn visualizations of trees in New York City, Kathryn Clark’s foreclosure quilts and Alice Thudt’s ceramic representations of personal data, we will share how to access similar local data resources. Participants will have time to practice accessing data and will also have time to get creative with data. 

You are encouraged to join even, or especially if, you feel like you shouldn’t because you aren’t necessarily “data-inclined.”

Art + Data Workshop Series 
Center for Creativity, University of Pittsburgh
Third Thursday of Every Month, 3-5pm

Discover and explore the connections between data and visual art! Register for one, two, or all three.

Data is collected and shared in a myriad of ways and sometimes can be complicated or difficult to understand (especially in a presentation where the slide goes too quickly and the numbers are small and you are in the back of the room). But there are many ways to use and share data!

Please join us as we explore the connection between art and the creative side of visualizing data. In this workshop we will share data art inspiration, local data resources, and spend time getting creative making our own art using data.

No computers will be used in this series, and there are no prerequisite skills or experiences. You are encouraged to join even (or especially!) if you feel like you shouldn’t because you aren’t a “data” person. You should!

At each workshop you’ll build connections,discover new ways of displaying data and feel more confident exploring datasets on your own.  You are welcome to join any and or all of the workshops! Please register separately for each workshop session.