On Tuesday, October 1, Vanderbilt’s office of Community Relations held its Food for Thought conversation program at the Frist Museum. The talk focused on the Frist’s exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now. A panel engaged the audience in discussion about the work and challenges of presenting art in public spaces, and preserving a changing community’s stories through visual arts. The panel included several artists from the Norf Collective, Frist Curator, Katie Delmez, TSU History Professor, Dr. Learotha Williams Jr. and The Curb Center’s Assistant Director, Wilna Taylor. You can watch this panel here.
Wilna Taylor, assistant director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, and Barton Christmas, Curb Scholar will perform in A Short History of Anger, a staged reading centered on the devastating and lasting impact of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing and forced migration. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be on Sept 14. at 8 p.m. at the Blair School of Music in the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall. You can find more information on this event here.
Curb Scholar Ben Scheer jumps imagination-first into big projects, and he’s not afraid of a lot of trial and error. The Vanderbilt human and organizational development and economics double major has worked on dozens of entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from coding to music to virtual reality to photography, with his biggest focus being on connecting with people and solving problems. Read the article here.
Congratulations to Associate Director Alex Frenette, along with Nathan D. Martin and Steven J. Tepper from Arizona State University on the publication of their latest paper “Oscillate wildly: The Under-acknowledged Prevalence, Predictors, and Outcomes of Multi-disciplinary Arts Practice”. The paper appears in the current issue of the journal Cultural Trends. Frenette’s work has recently been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts’ blog with a thoughtful piece on his recent Cultural Trends article and the NEA report Frenette co-authored with Tim Dowd. Read the article here.