Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ben Knight – July 11, 2016
Hey guys! I’ve been in Knoxville working for Bottle since the beginning of the summer. They’re a tech startup that hosts business-to-customer messaging, with the goal of making purchases and customer service easy over text. One of their two founders, Will Schreiber, is a former Vandy Curb scholar. He handles all of Bottle’s code has been awesome to work under and to learn from. I’ve already been handed some pretty cool projects this summer, mostly involving the creation of bots to crawl through and interact with different social media platforms. I’m pretty happy with my progress as well! With no prior experience, I’ve picked up and made decent use of both Python and Ruby on Rails. Read More
Posted on: July 20th, 2016 | 0 Comments
The wifi in Aspen is non-existent. It is the perfect opportunity to focus on personal, musical, spiritual, and philosophical growth in the presence of the staggeringly beautiful nature that surrounds the town. The first week of the Aspen Music Festival has been overwhelming. From understanding the jam-packed schedule of concerts, masterclasses, and lessons, to navigating the bus routes to the music school and beyond, there is so much to see and do. But before we get to the intensive music activities, the staff insisted that a large part of the festival is non-musical, meaning that we must first engage with the grand mountains, green pastures, and lush waterfalls before we think about what our purpose is in the art of music. Read More
Posted on: July 18th, 2016 | 0 Comments
Getting settled doesn’t just mean understanding the subway or figuring out the commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan, getting settled means getting comfortable with the loneliness that is NYC. There is so much to do, there are so many people around you, yet if you don’t make yourself a community, you won’t have one. The city itself certainly isn’t your friend.
It’s been a dance of going out with friends of friends, basically strangers, and going to pizza shops alone, finishing a pie by yourself. Both are challenges in their own way. Read More
Posted on: July 15th, 2016 | 0 Commentsby Matthew Thompson
My trip to London was circuitous, spiraling around the city before finally settling here. I began in the north of England with my family. I visited my grandmother and aunt in Manchester, then moved north into Scotland. On the way, I spent two days in the Lake District, a region of beautiful countryside where mountains reach high into the sky. While there, I visited Castlerigg (photo attached), a stone circle placed here 4,500 years ago. Touching these stones was like feeling the bones of the earth; I was struck by the power of human endeavor, and the permanence of this species.
Posted on: July 12th, 2016 | 0 Comments
Reflections in Belfast
by Lily Pollack
Posted on: August 26th, 2015 | 0 Comments
This summer I’ve been interning with Windy Films, a small Boston-based documentary film studio started by former Curb Scholar, Harvey, and his long-time friends Tripp and Will. From feature-length documentaries to promotional pieces for social impact organizations, they aim to “tell stories that matter.”
In the mornings, I fittingly take the train to the Maverick station, heading towards Wonderland, and a slew of possibilities. That’s about where the day-to-day regularity ends; I never quite know what I’ll find when I walk into Studio 16. Curious visitors (both human and animal) and diverse clients, as well as new problems to solve and fresh visions to fulfill make the cavernous studio a true place of possibility, yet the discipline of deadlines and bottom lines keep it serious enough for the creative energy to have direction.
Posted on: August 25th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Guest post from Lily Hansen author of Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, and resident of Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s first affordable apartment residence for artists. Lily coordinated our visit to Ryman Lofts (you’ll hear more about that in our next post!), and her book Word of Mouth will serve as the inspiration for many of our visits this year.
by Lily Hansen
Today I signed my third lease at the Ryman Artist Lofts in downtown Nashville. If you haven’t heard, Music City is beyond boom status. We are competing with Chicago, my hometown, for who can jack up their rent prices faster. It seems as though a new structure emerges from the ground every other day.
Just as I was initialing my paperwork this morning, my property manager’s telephone rang. Debbie is the gatekeeper who breaks people’s hearts on an hourly basis by telling them that we are on a five-year wait list. Now I know why the masses are clamoring to get into our 60-unit community.
Posted on: August 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments
It’s that time of year again, when students return to campus, and we all have to scramble to make sure we’re ready for them. At the Curb Center, this annual return becomes a swirl of events, as we try to coordinate the opening of the academic year (which means new teaching adventures for me and Director Jay Clayton, along with continuing research) with
➢ the Curb Scholars Opening Retreat,
➢ the kickoff of our second year of the Public Scholars program,
➢ a new art exhibit around the theme of gentrification both here in the Edgehill neighborhood and in other cities around the country,
➢ getting started on the REAL (Race Equity in Arts Leadership) Project we’re working on with the Metro Arts Commission,
➢ AND planning for all the other stuff we do every year with our many campus partners…
Posted on: August 13th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Posted on: July 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Shortly after arriving in Hong Kong for my internship at Ove Arup & Partners, I pulled out my notebook and started a list. Guidelines to make the most of the summer
Act as if this is permanent
If you’re considering something but are scared or tired do it anyway.
Don’t worry about doing the touristy things, just live life as if this is home and it will be.
Those first few days had been a slow push through culture shock I both expected and didn’t. I was fighting a sense of obligation to do the sort of things an Adventurous Person does when they travel the world, though I wasn’t sure what those things were. I was simultaneously overcome by an opposing urge to do Nothing At All.