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About the Curb Center

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.

Photo by Carlin Sappenfield

Image above from Curb Creative Practice Mini Boot Camp, Saper Vedere

Curb Creative Campus Mini Boot Camp 2016, Saper Vedere: Knowing How to See, investigated the importance of developing how we see and experience the world and how that influences creative problem solving.  Saper Vedere was led by Ryan Hargrove, Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Ryan teaches various design studios focusing on the issues of urban and community design. His future research exists at the intersection of design pedagogy, creative thinking, metacognition, and technology.

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