From Surviving to Thriving: Perceptions of Artists & Implications for Policy

Wednesday September 25, 2019
3:00 PM
Siegenthaler First Amendment Center
This is free and open to the public.

Nationally, artists are increasingly recognized for their work as entrepreneurs, civically-minded problem-solvers, and agents for social change.  Yet, the persistent public stigma around artists – as starving or transient – complicates the ability of artists to be recognized for the value of their work and to assign value to their work. This event will present new research that provides national and Nashville-specific insights on current perceptions of artists and their creativity.  A panel discussion will follow on the implications of this research for policy in Nashville.

Presented by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, the Arts & Business Council of Nashville, Northwestern University, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago working on a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab project (#DCA 2017-05).

Ian Bogost

Public Lecture: Notes From 25 Years of Computing Between Disciplines

October 3, 2019
Thursday 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Alumni Hall Classroom 201 
This is free and open to the public.

Lunch Lecture: Writing for a Public Audience

October 4, 2019
Friday 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
The Curb Center, Yamada Conference Room
RSVP Require:


7th Annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire

October 5, 2019
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Wondr’y at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

Please join the Curb Center staff and students at the 800 Collective space and help us create a painting based on your feelings about the Nashville city, art scene, and public education system!

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Tools for your Child on the Autism Spectrum: Creating Visual Supports and Managing Blood Draws

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5 – 7PM
The Curb Center
This is free and open to families of children with autism. RSVP Required. Register online:

Families of children with autism are invited to learn about how to create visual aids to help with daily routines and specific additional focus on how to help ease the burden of blood draws during a clinic visit. This free event, families will be given tools to create their own boards of visual supports that they can take home.

Free parking available in VU Zone 1 lots, 80, 82 & 122

Ambassadors of Autism Exhibit 

April 26, 2019 – November 30, 2019
M-F 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

Ambassadors of Autism is a fine art exhibit designed to raise awareness of autism, those who are on the spectrum and their abilities, and those dealing with autism in various roles. All exhibiting artists have a connection to autism. They are either on the spectrum, a guardian, a relative, a friend, a supporter, or a service provider.

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Throughout the year the Curb Center graciously hosts a variety of events open to students, faculty, and staff. Our workshops, seminars, and panels strive to educate the public and enrich the arts at Vanderbilt and the community at large.