“Conversas/Conversations” Project Coordinator
Ashley Larson is Project Coordinator for Conversations/Conversas, a collaborative project platform geared to facilitate artistic exchange and scholarly research between the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University and the School of Visual Art and Communications at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy is instrumental in providing support for the program’s endeavors and provides a space for its members to call home. At the Curb Center, Ashley coordinates visits between Nashville and São Paulo, bridges communication between member artists, and serves as the group’s documentarian. Her love for Portuguese and Brazilian culture led her to this position, where she is able to nurture those interests. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from California State University, Fullerton and is currently working toward her M.A. in Latin American Studies at the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies. She has research interests in early twentieth-century Brazilian identity and nationalism, with a focus on gastronomic nationalism. She also continues to add to her lingual repertoire by studying the K’iche’ Mayan language.