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The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt University is a national policy center committed to research and learning that challenge leaders to rethink the place of creative and cultural expression in contemporary society.

Working at the intersection of research, policy, and practice, the Curb Center seeks to:

  • build capacity and knowledge for policy-makers, cultural producers, administrators, funders, and researchers.
  • inform debates around the challenges and opportunities facing creative and cultural expression in matters of public policy, civic engagement, and enterprise.
  • advance public dialogue on issues, policies, and organizational structures affecting artists, creative endeavors, and individuals’ expressive lives.

Our signature Creative Campus Initiative applies research on creative expression through co-curricular learning opportunities and trans-disciplinary programs integrating creativity and cultural engagement into the experience of all Vanderbilt University students, staff, and faculty. The Curb Scholars Program develops creative leaders, offering students resources and mentorship in initiating and implementing projects applying creative and entrepreneurial methodologies to problems, challenges, and opportunities on campus and beyond.

For more ways to contact the Curb Center click here.

Carrie Eddmenson (2016)
Charcoal and graphite on wood

Exhibited during theTransformations installation (An exhibition inspired by Lily Hansen’s ‘Word of Mouth Nashville Conversations’)