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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.

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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