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Curb Creative Practice Boot Camp

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The Curb Creative Practice Boot Camp offers a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and Nashville community members to experiment alongside each other as they strengthen their creative capacities. The Curb Bootcamp focuses on creative practice—hands-on workshops that enable participants to experience the joy, the messiness, the range of decisions and trade-offs involved in creative practice. Rather than just listening and talking to experts about improvisation, data visualization, storytelling, or design thinking, participants immerse themselves in creative process—with experts to guide them. Participants develop fundamental insights, techniques, and strategies to inspire and realize creative goals and collaborative work in their personal and professional lives. We think of it as a TedX of creative practice.

 

 

Fourth Annual Creative Practice Boot Camp

Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Curb Center at Vanderbilt

All events are free but require advance registration. Register here: http://curbbootcamp2015.eventzilla.net/

Waitlist policy: If a session you would like to attend fills up before you can reserve a spot, email curbcenter@vanderbilt.edu with the name and time of the session in the subject line.  We will notify you if a spot becomes available.

TIME First Amendment Center Forum Curb Workshop First Amendment Center Room 106 Yamada Conference Room
8:00 – 9:30     Improvisation
Second City Improv
 
9:45 – 11:00 Using Visual Facilitation & Graphic Metaphors for Love and Profit
Peter Durand
Community Storytelling and Social Change
Adam Horowitz and Jessica Solomon
Smart Moves: Building Brainpower with Dance
Debbie Belue
 
11:15 – 12:30 Storytelling
Minton Sparks
  Improvisation
Second City Improv
Songwriting
Leslie Satcher
12:45   Mindful Practice, Creative Practices
Nancy Chick
*No registration required*
   
1:30 – 3:00 Using Visual Facilitation & Graphic Metaphors for Love and Profit
Peter Durand
  Smart Moves: Building Brainpower with Dance
Debbie Belue
 
3:15 -4:45 Storytelling
Minton Sparks
Community Storytelling and Social Change
Adam Horowitz and Jessica Solomon
Improvisation
Second City Improv
Songwriting
Leslie Satcher

2015 Sessions:

Using Visual Facilitation & Graphic Metaphors for Love and Profit
Peter Durand
Creative Director and CEO,
Alphachimp Studio

In this fun, hands-on workshop, globe-trotting trainer and visual facilitator Peter Durand will demonstrate simple techniques and essential body mechanics required to rapidly create visual diagrams, process maps and clever metaphors to connect with your audience.

Durand is former assistant director and lead facilitator for the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, a specialized innovation space designed to facilitate large-scale projects in the fields of biomedical informatics, electronic health records, and patient experience.
As Founder & Creative Director of Alphachimp, Peter Durand explores the intersection of visual facilitation, brain-based learning and digital tools.

A fixture at our annual TEDxNashville event, Alphachimp creates real-time illustrations and hand-crafted animations to help people understand complex systems and decide what to do next.

Their online course, How to Become a Rockstar Scribe at School or Work (www.learntoscribe.com) teaches these skills to students worldwide. Peter has taught workshops on graphic facilitation for NIKE, T. Rowe Price, Cap Gemini, the Maryland Institute College of Art, PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Program, the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, and the Music Teachers National Association.


Improvisation
Lauren Dowden and Rachel Miller

Second City Improv
Do you wish you could be more spontaneous and innovative in the classroom, when presenting your work, or on project teams?  Do you wish you were better at listening, building on others’ ideas, or using humor to break through difficult moments? The Second City Master Class Workshop will immerse you in the fundamentals of improvisation.

For over fifty years, The Second City has been the leader in teaching students of all ages and from all walks of life the skills of improvisation, comedy writing, and performing.  Lauren Dowden and Rachel Miller draw on the Second City Theatre’s history of satire, ensemble improvisation, and revue comedy to help participants develop their voices, both individually and within a group, and to provide the tools and techniques needed to express that voice.  Alumni of the Second City Training Center include Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Halle Berry, Stephen Colbert, Time Meadows, and countless other producers, writers, and performers working throughout the entertainment industry.


Songwriting

Leslie Satcher, Songwriter, Performer
Are you interested in making music in Music City? In this intimate workshop, you will work with one of Nashville’s hit songwriters to learn the craft of songwriting. Together, workshop participants will write an original song from start to finish. The process will reveal the interplay between storytelling and musical composition and highlight the strategies that songwriters deploy to balance originality with writing a hit that will appeal to a broad public.

Leslie Satcher grew up singing in the churches and schools of Paris, Texas, and went on to become an acclaimed singer and songwriter. She has recorded two albums of her own, Love Letters and Creation, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, George Strait, Merle Haggard, and Reba McEntire. Leslie’s songs cover nearly every style within the country genre from honky-tonk to bluegrass to Americana.


Storytelling
Minton Sparks

Spoken Word Artist, Poet, Writer
Seeking to improve your ability to share your stories and ideas? This workshop, led by award-winning spoken word artist Minton Sparks, is for those interested in harnessing the fundamentals of storytelling, narrative, and poetry to bring concepts to life in the classroom, engage others in creative projects or research, and present their story in a compelling way in hob interviews, presentations, and essays.

Minton Sparks is a poet, storyteller, and performance artist rolled into one.  She writes flesh-and-blood vignettes about small town southern family members, teasing out the complexity below the surfaces of people’s lives in ways that tickle the sense of humor, prick the conscience, and lodge in the soul. She has performed in the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, served as teller-in-residence at the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival, been featured on NPR’s All things Considered, shared the stage with the likes of Rodney Crowell, John Prine, and Nanci Griffith, and received some of the highest possible praise for a southern writer. Minton founded the Nashville Writing and Performance Institute in 2011. She is also a psychology major with a master’s degree in counseling from Vanderbilt.

 

Smart Moves: Building Brainpower with Dance
Debbie Belue
Associate Professor, Director of Dance at Belmont University
Dancing builds brainpower! Dancing engages the participant physically, artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. It requires learning movement sequences and improves memory skills. It develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and self-discipline, while promoting camaraderie, tolerance, respect, and teamwork.

We are moving beings. Our earliest learning experiences occurred through movement. We explored the womb while swimming and kicking. As infants, we rolled over and lifted our heads to discover our world. We pushed up to crawl, to stand, to walk, run and jump…defying gravity in our quest to understand our environment. Learning, creativity and intelligence are not processes of the brain alone, but of the whole body. Our body’s senses feed our brain environmental information with which to form an understanding of the world and from which to draw when creating new possibilities. In this session, participants will experience the learning process of a dancer. Through movement games and improvisations, they will examine personal ways of moving, test their movement memory skills, and explore the collaborative nature of problem solving in dance.

Debbie Belue holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Iowa and has taught on the faculties of the University of Iowa, Oklahoma City University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Nashville Ballet. Currently, Debbie is an Associate Professor and the Director of Dance at Belmont University.

 

Community Storytelling and Social Change
Adam Horowitz and Jessica Solomon
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Join representatives from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (the nation’s newest people-powered department, not a federal entity!) and learn how to host a “story circle”—a simple, democratic method of gathering that nourishes empathy and connection through the sharing of stories. The purpose of the workshop is two-fold: participants will both learn how to facilitate story circles as well as contribute to a nationwide collective art-action known as the People’s State of the Union. The People’s State of the Union is the first in a series of reimagined American holidays, developed by the USDAC and partners, intended to spur community dialogue in the service of justice and democracy through new, participatory civic rituals.

Adam Horowitz is the Chief Instigator of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Adam is a “projectician”—a co-creator of sector-blurring, border-crossing projects rooted in storytelling, cultural exchange, and social change. He has worked with numerous organizations at the intersection of arts, education, and social change—Ashoka, Bowery Arts + Science, The Future Project, among others—and traveled the world as a performer, musician, and researcher of intercultural exchange. Adam was a Fulbright scholar in Colombia and is an Artist Fellow with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU.

Jessica Solomon is a creative practitioner working in the social sector as a consultant and collaborator. She develops strategies and designs programming that brings creativity to the work of social change and sustainability. She serves on the Executive Committee of Alternate Roots, holds a M.S. in Organization Development from American University and is developing a civic-centered board game. Jessica is the director of Arts in Praxis and is a founding Cultural Agent with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

 

Mindful Practice, Creative Practices
Nancy Chick, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unsoldering of experience moment to moment.” A wealth of research in recent years is documenting the positive effects on stress-reduction, immunity, focus, and compassion.  As if that’s not enough, other studies have been demonstrating that specific types of mindfulness also play a role in fostering creativity. This session will provide a brief overview of mindfulness with an emphasis on its relationship to creativity, followed by time to enjoy a handful of relevant practices that will support and nurture your creativity.

Nancy Chick is Assistant Director at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and teaches in the English Department and Women’s & Gender Studies Program.  She came to Vanderbilt after a career as full-time faculty in Wisconsin and now enjoys working directly with faculty colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students, and the quiet practices of mindful work and life. She is a participant in the Mindfulness Teacher Training program at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and is the author of the blog, The Mindful PhD.

 

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