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The Curb Scholars Program is for students who place creativity and innovation at the center of their lives and who seek to harness their creativity, talents, and disciplinary knowledge to create new possibilities and solve problems in their community or chosen field.
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End of Semester Farewell

April 25, 2016 Today we celebrated the last Curb Scholar meeting of the year with an ice cream cake and visits from some of the folks who had led sessions throughout the year. Everyone wrote in journals that we’ll present to the graduating seniors at a ceremony for them next week. It’s been a tremendous [...]

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The Other Half of the Story

April 18, 2016 Vanderbilt seniors Larissa and Amanda came in to discuss storytelling via social media. They came to the realization that their presentation of their selves via social media was only half the story, so they developed an initiative to bring people together around sharing the other half of the story of their lives [...]

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Next Year’s Visions

Next Year’s Visions

April 11, 2016 The Curb Scholars joined in a brainstorming activity where we took stock of last year’s endeavors and accomplishments. The highlights included: Visit to the Ryman Lofts, jam with Mike Curb, Pat Carney’s visit, the sound engineering workshop in our revived recording studio, visit to Fort Houston. We then worked on a project [...]

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Mary Margaret Randall’s second visit

Mary Margaret Randall’s second visit

April 4, 2016 Mary Margaret Randall of One Voice Nashville returned to visit the Curb Scholars and discuss interviewing and storytelling techniques further with us. She played us a clip from a popular storytelling podcast of a man who had been an actor in the Blue Man Group. We discussed the elements of effective storytelling: [...]

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Photoshoot time!

Photoshoot time!

March 28, 2016 Keith Berry returned to Curb to hold the photoshoot that we planned out two weeks ago. Elizabeth Meadows gallantly offered to be the fashion model in full makeup and dress. Everyone else adopted a role of their choosing, from the director to the photographer to the critic to a painter to a [...]

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Mary Margaret Randall with One Voice Nashville

Mary Margaret Randall with One Voice Nashville

March 21, 2016 Mary Margaret Randall of One Voice Nashville led a workshop on storytelling, but more importantly, story listening. She coached the Curb Scholars on how to approach gathering stories from folks on Vanderbilt’s campus, some common challenges in story collection, and various aspects of engaged listening–without interrupting the audio recording of the interview.

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Planning a photo shoot with Keith Berry

Planning a photo shoot with Keith Berry

March 14, 2016 Fashion photographer Keith Berry visited the Curb Scholars today to talk about his work and oversee a planning session among the Curb Scholars to brainstorm and create a mood board for a photo shoot illustrating their creative work at Curb in two weeks.

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Storytelling with Rosevelt Noble

February 29, 2016 Dr. Rosevelt Noble visited the Curb Scholars to discuss his ongoing project at Vanderbilt of interviewing African-American seniors before they graduate from Vanderbilt and alumni from important time periods in Vanderbilt’s history. The Curb Scholars are about to embark on a project of collecting stories and oral histories from Vanderbilt staff, students, [...]

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Isle of Printing

Isle of Printing

February 22, 2016 Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing gave us a tour of his printshop. He became interested in letterpress printing through his uncle, who was a historian and had an interest in the early methods of automated printing in this country. He started up this printshop because after school he realized that, “I [...]

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Lori Roddy from Neutral Zone

Lori Roddy from Neutral Zone

February 15, 2016 Lori Roddy, the executive director of Neutral Zone, visited the Curb Scholars today. The Neutral Zone “is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.” Lori spoke to us about the mission of The Neutral Zone and how to design [...]

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Emily Siner from Nashville Public Radio

Emily Siner from Nashville Public Radio

February 8, 2016 Emily Siner, reporter from Nashville Public Radio, visited the Curb Scholars today to lead a workshop on interviewing and podcasting. Emily is the creator of the podcast series, Movers & Thinkers, which was named the best new podcast of 2015 by the Nashville Scene. Emily walked us through the important stages of [...]

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Lisa Donovan visits

Lisa Donovan visits

February 1, 2016 We kicked off the month of February with a visit from Lisa Donovan, writer, pastry chef, baker, and visual artist. She discussed the unconventional path that she’s taken through various careers, from that of a painter and fine arts student, to a high school art teacher, server, baker, pastry chef, and now [...]

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Sound Engineering Workshop

Sound Engineering Workshop

January 25, 2016 The Curb Scholars got an introduction to sound engineering in our studio. We were visited by a local songwriter and recorded one of his songs with piano and vocals. Then we recorded Curb’s own Celina Miranda playing and singing one of her original songs on guitar. Jeff and Matt taught the Curb [...]

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Fort Houston

Fort Houston

January 18, 2016 The Curb Scholars took a trip to Fort Houston, a local maker space. One of the owners gave us a tour of their facilities, which included a metal shop, a screen-printing press, a mechanical shop for working on motorcycles, and a wood-working shop. Fort Houston has about eighty members who pay a [...]

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Curb grad Will Schreiber visits

Curb grad Will Schreiber visits

January 11, 2016 The Curb Scholars kicked off 2016 with a visit from Curb Scholar graduate, Will Schreiber. He led us through a presentation of the apps that he’s developed over the past years, both during and after his time at Vanderbilt. Not only were Will’s apps exciting and inventive, but he gave the Curb [...]

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Patrick Carney!

Patrick Carney!

November 16, 2015 The Curb Scholars were visited by a very special guest this week, Patrick Carney, music producer and drummer of The Black Keys. He joined us for an informal Q&A discussion, where he talked about creativity, collaboration, not being a procrastinator, and the way that his relationship to music has changed over the [...]

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Interior Design at the Standard

Interior Design at the Standard

November 9, 2015 This week, the Curb Scholars went to The Standard at the Smith House and met with two designers who had designed the interior of the private club rooms upstairs. The Curb Scholars are working on their redesign project for Curb Studios and used this opportunity to learn more about principles and approaches [...]

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Bob Ross Returns

November 2, 2015 The Curb Scholars watched the classic how to paint series by Bob Ross and tried their hands at his wet on wet oil painting technique and soothing voice.

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Art Night

Art Night

October 26, 2015 As a break from midterms, tonight the Curb Scholars worked on fun arts and crafts projects: including Halloween costuming, knitting, using the dremel, decorating cards and journals, painting, dancing, and playing music. The Curb Scholars also brought along friends who were interested in getting to know more about the Curb Center.

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Senior Legacy Project Proposals

Senior Legacy Project Proposals

October 19, 2015 Today, five Curb Scholars presented their proposals for their Senior Legacy Projects. Nick discussed his ideas for a database of professional resources for students who are seeking theater jobs. Lisa presented her vision for a math help and study center on campus that would be open to all students. Claire discussed her [...]

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A Trip to Curb Records

October 12, 2015 The Curb Scholars took a trip to visit the Curb Records recording studio today, and have been subsequently invited to redesign the interior and exterior space of Curb Records, in order to foster creativity and promote the studio as a cutting edge recording opportunity for new artists.

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Kefi Project Visits

October 5, 2015 Vanderbilt’s Kefi Project, a student-led organization that creates public art installations around campus, visited the Curb Scholars and led us through the process that the organization uses for brainstorming new projects, then determining what materials are needed and how to bring the ideas to fruition.

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Interdisciplinary faculty initiative and speakers

Interdisciplinary faculty initiative and speakers

September 21, 2015 Austin Channell discussed an idea for a project which would bring together faculty from various disciplines for interactive discussions, inspired by his summer internship at the STEAM factory at Ohio State University. The Curb Scholars discussed approaches for establishing an organization like that here at Vanderbilt. After, the Curb Scholars nominated and [...]

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Lecture by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Lecture by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

September 14, 2015 The Curb Scholars attended Dr. Currid-Halkett’s talk today, entitled How the Arts Drive American Cities.

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Mass Incarceration and Carceral Space

Mass Incarceration and Carceral Space

September 7, 2015 Vanderbilt professor of philosophy, Lisa Gunther, visited our Curb Scholars meeting this week, where she spoke with us about mass incarceration in the United States and about a few projects going on in Nashville to bring together people on both the inside and outside of prisons in discussion. We had a thought-provoking [...]

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Coffee & Co. Cont’d!

Coffee & Co. Cont’d!

August 31, 2015 The Curb Scholars kicked off the new academic year with a brainstorming and planning session for their Coffee and Company project. Last year was the pilot of Coffee and Company and this year the Curb Scholars had lots of great ideas for how to grow and develop the initiative. The leaders of [...]

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2015-16 Opening Retreat

2015-16 Opening Retreat

August 17, 2015 We kicked off a great new year at the Curb Center with a week-long retreat for new and returning Curb Scholars. The week started off with just the newbies, who attended an improv workshop, creative writing workshop, and got to challenge their puzzling skills with a trip to Nashville’s escape room. Later [...]

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End of the Year Celebration

End of the Year Celebration

April 20, 2015 In their last Monday meeting of the year, the Curb Scholars celebrated a year of great ideas, new projects, and inspiration to take into the years to come. They left messages for the six graduating seniors in their parting journals, played CatchPhrase, and, of course, ate lots of ice cream cake.

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Curb Scholar Spotlight: Tony Maina

Curb Scholar Spotlight: Tony Maina

March 30, 2015 Curb Scholar Tony Maina presented challenges for discussion regarding a company he started, along with a team, last summer in his hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. He told the story of the company, an online supply-shopping service for businesses, from its beginnings, and described how he and his team tweaked their original ideas [...]

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Creative Study Tour Debrief

Creative Study Tour Debrief

March 23, 2015 This week, the Curb Scholars who went on the Creative Study tour shared their experience with the other Scholars, highlighting moments from the tour that were most impacting. From there, the Scholars planned their presentations for the week’s annual luncheon with Mike Curb. They plan to share the projects they’ve completed, as [...]

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Curation Workshop – VU Fine Arts Gallery

Curation Workshop – VU Fine Arts Gallery

March 16, 2015 This week, the Curb Scholars met at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall. They were given a tour of the current exhibit, “Memento Mori,” to get an idea of how an exhibit comes together to tell a story. From there, the Scholars examined the pieces of art they requested [...]

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Coffee & Company

Coffee & Company

March 16, 2015   A group of Curb Scholars, led by Jonathan Tari and Rose Thompson, implemented one of their spring semester projects, Coffee & Company. They offered free coffee to students passing by in Rand; the only requirement was to sit a while and have a conversation with someone else at the table. Ideally, [...]

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Creative Study Tour

Creative Study Tour

March 11-15, 2015 Four Curb Scholars – Rachel Anand, Serena Deutch, Ben Shane, and Celina Miranda – traveled to various places in Louisville, Kentucky and St. Louis, Missouri with Program Directors Elizabeth Meadows and Hillery Pate, as well as students from the University of Kentucky. In Louisville, the Scholars toured Wild Turkey Distillery and met [...]

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Preparing for a Visit to the Fine Arts Gallery

Preparing for a Visit to the Fine Arts Gallery

March 9, 2015 This week, the Curb Scholars continued to suggest questions to keep in mind during the upcoming Creative Study Tour. Among their questions were how the ideas they’d come across could be applied to the Vanderbilt community, how the people they’d meet garnered others’ investment in their projects, and how these people identified [...]

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Creative Study Tour Preparation

Creative Study Tour Preparation

February 23, 2015 This week, the Curb Scholars shared their progress in the Creative Enterprise Challenge. The deadline was extended after a discussion regarding which ideas had worked and how to make improvements. The Scholars also chose delegates to attend the upcoming Creative Study Tour, which will involve exploration of workshops and creative spaces around [...]

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Creative Enterprise Challenge

Creative Enterprise Challenge

February 9, 2015 Curb Center assistant director Elizabeth Meadows presented this semester’s Creative Enterprise Challenge to the Scholars. For this challenge, the Scholars will raise funds for their emerging projects by creating a product or offering a service to their community. This challenge will encourage the Scholars to invest in all stages of a project, [...]

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Performance Workshop with Leah Lowe

Performance Workshop with Leah Lowe

February 2, 2015 Vanderbilt theatre department chair Leah Lowe offered a workshop in performance to the Scholars, hoping to help their project ideas continue to take shape. To begin, Assoc. Professor Lowe led the Scholars in some introductory games. One game involved half the Scholars moving around in a space until one Scholar in the [...]

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Moving Forward: Pitching Ideas

Moving Forward: Pitching Ideas

January 26, 2015 The Curb Scholars arrived ready to present their project ideas. Each group spoke about their vision for the project, the needs it would fill, and next steps to be taken to implement it. Four ideas were presented: Coffee Roulette, Barter Day, “Dore It Yourself,” and Overheard @ Vandy. After each presentation, the [...]

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New Semester, New Projects

New Semester, New Projects

January 12, 2015 The Curb Scholars used new clear dry-erase boards in the workshop space to brainstorm ideas for this semester’s projects. They wrote ideas on Post-It notes and voted on the projects they wanted to pursue by placing stickers on the Post-Its. Four ideas emerged as possibilities, and the Scholars broke into groups in [...]

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Spring Semester Kickoff

Spring Semester Kickoff

January 5, 2015 To begin the Spring semester, program director Elizabeth Meadows gave the Scholars a preview of the semester’s upcoming events, which include internship preparation, Vanderbilt walking tours designed by the Scholars, and new group projects. With the walking tours in mind, the Scholars completed a two-part exercise. First, they attempted to fill in [...]

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End-of-Semester Celebration

End-of-Semester Celebration

December 1, 2014 As they prepare for finals week and holiday break, the Curb Scholars celebrated an eventful, productive semester with tacos and games. Additionally, Curb Scholars Program Director Elizabeth Meadows shared some goals and ideas for the semester ahead.

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Student Design Project

Student Design Project

November 17, 2014 The Curb Scholars have been brainstorming ideas for making their workshop space better suited to the creative practice, and they were on hand (along with fearless leaders Elizabeth and Hillery) to start that process with a fresh coat of paint.

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Storytelling with Annie Downs

Storytelling with Annie Downs

November 10, 2014 Nashville blogger, author, and speaker Annie Downs met with the Curb Scholars to discuss how we tell our most interesting stories, as well as those stories we hear from the people we meet. She shared her storytelling journey and led the Scholars through some exercises in asking interview questions based on the [...]

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Stories through Curation

Stories through Curation

October 31, 2014 On Halloween, we visited the Tennessee State Museum, where museum curator Rob DeHart and exhibit designer Mark Hooper used artifacts from an upcoming exhibit on the Civil War in Tennessee in an interactive workshop on storytelling through curation and design.  Curb Scholars got to use mourning jewelry—hair bracelets and earrings!—and other memorabilia [...]

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Fall Field Trip: From Greensboro to Tuscaloosa

Fall Field Trip: From Greensboro to Tuscaloosa

October 26-27, 2014 For the Curb Scholars’ fall field trip, we drove down to Greensboro, Alabama, home of HERO Housing, PieLab, and HERObike (see more about Greensboro and HERO here). Curb Scholars visited with the Fellows of Project Horseshoe Farms, who reminded us that working with communities requires time and trust, and that our aim is [...]

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Senior Internship Presentations

Senior Internship Presentations

October 13, 2014 Senior Curb Scholars Ben Shane, Karissa Deiter, Madeline Mooney and Caitlyn Le gave presentations to the group about their internship experiences from the past summer. The presentations included photos, videos and even original poetry all created during their time as interns in various parts of the world.    

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October Project Session

October Project Session

October 6, 2014 To prepare for this session, the Curb Scholars completed a 10x10x10 assignment, in which they traveled to 10 new places, talked to 10 new people, and wrote down 10 new stories. With those stories and people in mind, the Scholars participated in improv activities and generated project ideas with the goal of [...]

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Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories

September 29, 2014 The Curb Scholars began their meeting with several creative exercises, including Six Word Memoirs. With telling their own stories in mind, the Scholars were challenged to find an object that represented them well. Then, in groups of two, they shared what they found and wrote short creative biographies of one another based [...]

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To Sing a Troubled Song

To Sing a Troubled Song

September 22, 2014 The Curb Scholars attended a lecture presented by Stuart Bailie of Oh Yeah Belfast, a music center seeking to preserve Ireland’s music history. The talk, titled “To Sing a Troubled Song: Music, Conflict and Restoration in Northern Ireland,” tracked reactions to the Troubles in music. Bailie played selections from several artists, such [...]

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Going Off Road

Going Off Road

September 15, 2014 The Curb Scholars joined the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars, the Ingram Scholars and the Chancellor’s Scholars for a “Going Off Road” workshop. The group mapped out their goals, articulating concrete steps they could take to move forward. Through improv exercises and small group discussions, the Scholars discussed being ready for personal paradigm shifts [...]

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September Project Session

September Project Session

September 8, 2014 Curb Scholars Ben Shane and Austin Channell pitched project ideas to the group and received feedback. Drew Sanchez spoke with the Scholars about the Curb Center’s Media Lab, and Program Director Elizabeth Meadows challenged the Scholars to apply to the Millennial Trains Project.  

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Programming with VandyApps

Programming with VandyApps

September 1, 2014 Representatives from VandyApps taught the Curb Scholars programming basics through an interactive coding session. The Scholars hope to use their new skills in order to broaden the possibilities for this year’s projects.

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Opening Retreat Debrief

Opening Retreat Debrief

August 25, 2014 At their first meeting of the semester, the Curb Scholars presented and discussed their project ideas for the year after gathering ideas from Opening Retreat. Curb Center Creative Writing Fellow Anne Charlton introduced plans for the Curb Scholars to blog about their work throughout the year. Additionally, Curb Scholar alum Keith Berquist [...]

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Opening Retreat

Opening Retreat

August 11-15, 2014 During Opening Retreat, the Curb Scholars engaged in several creative workshops, culminating in John Bielenberg’s “Ingenuity Blitz” program. This took the Scholars to The Farm, an intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee, which led them to consider ideas of utopia as they brainstormed ideas for this year’s projects.  

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End of Year Goodbye!

End of Year Goodbye!

April 15, 2014. Huddled over salted caramel blondie ice cream and sorbet, scholars gathered one last time this academic year to say goodbye to the graduating seniors.

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Ryan Hargrove: Capturing Reflective Knowledge

Ryan Hargrove: Capturing Reflective Knowledge

April 8, 2014. Landscape architect Ryan Hargrove from the University of Kentucky and his recently graduated student Jan-Michael Lambdin joined scholars to lead an arts project capturing their reflective and collective knowledge.

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Mike Curb Luncheon

Mike Curb Luncheon

March 31, 2014. Curb Center donor Mike Curb and executives from Curb Records—Jim Ed Norman and Taylor Childress—came to campus for a luncheon with the Curb Scholars.

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Getting Ready for Mike Curb Lunch

Getting Ready for Mike Curb Lunch

March 24, 2014. Scholars got excited for Mike Curb’s arrival at the Curb Scholars Luncheon with Mike Curb!

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Redesigning Creative Campus & Project Updates

Redesigning Creative Campus & Project Updates

March 11, 2014. Curb Scholars brainstormed how to improve the way Vanderbilt students can get involved with the Curb Center and create their own Creative Campus projects.

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Creative Enterprise Project Check-In

Creative Enterprise Project Check-In

February 26, 2014. Curb Scholars put the final touches on their Creative Challenge projects that they will execute in the coming weeks.

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Doing the Opposite, with Dave Pittman of The Native

Doing the Opposite, with Dave Pittman of The Native

February 11, 2014. Dave Pittman, the creator of Nashville’s arts and lifestyle print magazine The Native led Curb Scholars through an exciting workshop on thinking outside the box—or rather, doing the opposite of what the mainstream business models tell you to do—to create a successful and creative enterprise.

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Be Our Guests—Building the Curb Community

Be Our Guests—Building the Curb Community

February 4, 2014. Curb Scholars visited the home of Jay Clayton, Director of the Curb Center, for a home-cooked meal.

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Curb Scholars Show Jon Rubin the Money

Curb Scholars Show Jon Rubin the Money

January 28, 2014. Curb Scholars bring in the money that they made during their weeklong creative enterprise challenge organized by Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor of Art Jon Rubin.

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Food narratives with Susannah Felts

Food narratives with Susannah Felts

January 20, 2014. A select group of Curb Scholars worked with Susannah Felts—writer, teacher, and founder of The Porch Writers’ Collective in Nashville—to mine their childhoods for memories of food and craft these experiences into narratives.

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Workshop on Challenge Proposals and Panel on Internships

Workshop on Challenge Proposals and Panel on Internships

January 14, 2014. In the first part of this session, Curb Scholars worked in groups to come up with worst-case scenarios and backup plans for their proposed entrepreneurial ventures.

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Jon Rubin Skypes in to Give the Curb Scholars Their Opening Challenge

Jon Rubin Skypes in to Give the Curb Scholars Their Opening Challenge

January 7, 2014. Curb Scholars took advantage of the Curb Center’s redesigned video conferencing room and skyped with Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor of Art Jon Rubin—founder of Conflict Kitchen—who sent them on a quest to make $100 in ten days.

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End-of-Semester Unwind

End-of-Semester Unwind

December 3, 2013. Curb Scholars celebrate the end of the semester and gear up for finals with an evening of word association games with some home-cooked treats, ribs, and comfort food from Monell's.

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Brainstorming with Gregory Sales

Brainstorming with Gregory Sales

November 12, 2013. Gregory Sales of Arizona State University led Curb Scholars through the process of conceptualizing socially engaged art projects.

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Bookmaking with Jana Harper

Bookmaking with Jana Harper

November 5, 2013. Jana Harper introduced Curb Scholars to the craft of bookmaking.

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Walking in Nashville

Walking in Nashville

October 29, 2013. Professor Jana Harper of Vanderbilt’s Art Department introduced Curb Scholars to walking as a creative practice through a presentation on Situationist art and psychogeography.

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Curb Scholars Take Flight!

Curb Scholars Take Flight!

October 22, 2013. Curb Scholars take flight at Abrasive Media, during a workshop on risk-taking.

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Senior Showcase: Keith Berquist

Senior Showcase: Keith Berquist

October 15, 2013. Keith Berquist, co-founder of Studio CRB and President of Vanderbilt’s Songwriting Club, discussed his senior legacy project.

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Mini IdeaFestival & Brainstorming Spring 2014

Mini IdeaFestival & Brainstorming Spring 2014

October 8, 2013. Photographs, an original song, and a dance performance were some of the ways that Curb Scholars Ames, Celina, and Matthew translated their IdeaFest experiences for their peers who couldn’t go.

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Curb Scholars become a Super Squad

Curb Scholars become a Super Squad

October 1, 2013. The first day of October brought the Curb Scholars a chance to put on their Halloween costumes a little early.

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Ideafestival, Louisville, KY

Ideafestival, Louisville, KY

September 26-27, 2013. Every year, Louisville hosts a world-class event, a celebration for the intellectually curious, fittingly named Ideafestival.

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Creative Challenge, Garbage Matters

Creative Challenge, Garbage Matters

September 12, 2013. On a very wet and rainy Thursday afternoon, our travels took us to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to view Vik Muniz’s Garbage Matters exhibit.

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Creative Challenge, Community and Wondering Map

Creative Challenge, Community and Wondering Map

September 3, 2013. Today the scholars took some time to consider their own definitions of community, and what community means to them.

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Creative Challenge, Wandering Map

Creative Challenge, Wandering Map

August 27, 2013. In the first workshop of the year, the Curb Scholars were led through the exercise of creating a wandering map with Anne Reed and Cynthia Washington from the Center for Student Professional Development.

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2013-14 Opening Reception

2013-14 Opening Reception

August 15, 2013. Opening reception for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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