Posted on: August 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments
This summer I have the privilege of working at The Civilians, an experimental theatre company located on South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Basically, they devise original theatrical pieces exploring social issues or controversial subjects through research and interviews. Their unique process yields some of the most socially conscious plays and musicals produced in contemporary American theatre. They just produced an incredibly successful show about climate change called The Great Immensity, and their next big show is a musical about the porn industry. My parents were particularly proud and somewhat concerned to hear about my possible involvement in the research and development of that upcoming show.
Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ed note: Dr. Elizabeth S. Meadows leads the Creative Campus and the Curb Scholars Program for the Curb Center at Vanderbilt.
I started at the Curb Center last summer, and it was a hectic time—planning the opening retreat and fall semester’s Scholar sessions, selecting Innovation Grant recipients for the first time, and planning the 3rd Annual Creative Practice Boot Camp on the fly—all while learning how to do a new job with a staff as new to the job as I was. I found myself wondering what summertime at the Curb Center would be like in a “normal” year. Now I know…
Posted on: July 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments
This blog is part of the Curb Scholars Internship Program.
My beginning days with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless have served as some of my most humble. I began this internship expecting to be in the office making phone calls and assisting the Finance Department; however, I feel as though I will play a vital role to a team of dedicated and inspiring individuals. And even more important, become a more open-minded and serviced-oriented person.
With the changes made under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are now billing for medical expenses differently. For example, instead of billing per expense, their consumers are now worth an allotted sum of money for their medical expenses that year. That means it is imperative that each medical provider that provides care for their patients are properly listed so that the practice, like Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, can properly receive funds. Read More
Posted on: June 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments
By Ben Shane
This blog post is part of the Curb Scholars program.
I have faith in humanity when I travel. It comes from hitchhiking in Spain, where strangers interrupted their lives because they saw me for a total of a second-and-a-half on the side of the road and invited me into their cars and sometimes their homes. From the young woman in Morro Bay, California, who invited me surfing with her and her friends and equipped me with surfboard and wetsuit and patient instruction. From the countless people on the road who provided me with food or shelter or company, all of the most basic and meaningful necessities of life. These experiences bring me close to humankind and make me feel fortunate to be a part of it. Read More
Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hello! My name is Karissa and I am an intern with PIARA this summer. My journey with PIARA started two weeks ago, when I arrived at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, TN to work with director Dr. Robert Connolly and begin preparing educational and outreach materials for the summer in Hualcayán, Peru. I’m excited to join the PIARA team in Peru in two weeks, but first, here’s the story on how I became involved with PIARA. Read More
Posted on: March 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Applications accepted through Friday, March 28.
The Curb Center is pleased to announce a continuing fellowship opportunity for advanced graduate students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences at Vanderbilt University. For the academic year 2014-15, the Curb Center offers a year-long fellowship to support a student who has completed his or her comprehensive examination and is interested in policy issues raised by media or the arts.
Candidates should be engaged in research that promises to illuminate challenges or opportunities that face any cultural field, including (but not limited to) music, publishing, the graphic arts, film, television, theater, literature, the entertainment industry, or digital media. Policy concerns may involve race, class, gender, social or political concerns, economic issues, legal questions, government regulation, copyright, urban planning and development, public humanities and heritage preservation, indigenous cultures, international trade and diplomacy, distribution and access, artistic careers, nonprofits, new media, medicine and the arts, creativity and well-being, arts entrepreneurs, public support of the arts, arts education, and more. We are also willing to entertain proposals that would allow a student to do research on an arts and cultural policy issue related to a dissertation nearing completion.
For more information and application instructions, click here.
Posted on: February 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Weekly course assignments can be a headache for both instructors and students. Students lament having to print them (let alone do them), and instructors lament opening several hundred emails in the course of a semester. However, there are times when such assignments are pedagogically necessary.
A friend and I both used weekly reading assignment in our history courses last semester as a way to gauge student understanding of material and develop students’ abilities to summarize and interrogate readings. Although my friend teaches high school and I was a TA at a university, our students had a communal complaint about the assignments: “I don’t have the resources to print the assignment,” which was followed up with a “Can I just email it to you instead?” Read More
Posted on: December 27th, 2013 | 0 Comments
After ten years of exceptional research and practice at the Curb Center, Steven Tepper has accepted an appointment as dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Steven’s opportunity is an extraordinary one, and a testimony to his expertise and stature in the field of arts careers, creative practice, and arts policy.
Posted on: December 18th, 2013 | 0 Comments
Ashley Larson talks “Conversations/Conversas,” the Vanderbilt Art Dept & University of Sao Paulo collaboration
People often ask me (family members especially), “why are you learning Portuguese?” or “why do you speak Portuguese?” The answer I frequently give is that I have always had a love for the Spanish language and so when I was earning my bachelor’s in Latin American Studies at Cal State Fullerton and they told me that an intermediate level of Portuguese was required, I responded with enthusiasm. Who wouldn’t want to learn a new language and a new culture? Many people think that Brazilians speak Spanish…wrong! The giant of the South American continent speaks Portuguese which is a romance language, like Spanish, but they are not the same. Brazil should not be ignored or grouped with all of the Spanish-speaking nations around the world. Trivia time: Brazil is actually larger than the continental U.S.! It is the B in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and has officially arrived as an economic powerhouse. Unfortunately, the country still has one of the highest rates of unequal wealth distribution; the poor are very poor and the rich are über rich. But, let’s talk about culture and ART! Brazilians pride themselves on being creative and artistic. As most of you know, the 2014 World Cup will be in Brazil. but did you know that the Brazilians have invented a different way of playing ‘futebol’ (soccer)? Bet you didn’t! The “Jogo Bonito”, which literally translates to ‘beautiful game’, is a way of playing soccer that combines style, beauty, and cunning. They even play to the beat of Samba music for artistic inspiration and motivation! But their creativity doesn’t end there. AND … it is not contained within Brazilian borders! Read More
Posted on: September 24th, 2013 | 0 Comments
[Guest post by Elizabeth S. Meadows, @MorbidVictorian, new Faculty Director of Curb Creative Campus & Curb Scholars Program]
Early this summer, Sotheby’s, the famed auction house that brokered the sale of such iconic works as Vincent van Gogh’s Irises and Edvard Munch’s The Scream, announced that a version of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine will be sold at auction in November. Proserpine is, according to one assessment, “one of the most internationally recognisable images of the nineteenth century,” and the estimated price of this variant done in colored chalk is $1.8-2.7 million. You’ve seen this image before; Rossetti’s “Proserpine” has appeared on postcards and posters as well as in textbooks, works of literary criticism and art history, genealogies of artistic movements, biographies, and—of course—museums, and even more importantly perhaps, their gift shops. Nonetheless, my first reaction was simply shock—“You mean you can buy that?!” Perhaps naively, I had thought that Art-with-a-capital-A can’t be bought, sold, or owned. Read More