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Throughout the year the Curb Center graciously hosts workshops, seminars, panels, and special events designed to educate the public and enrich the arts at Vanderbilt and our community at large.

Silent Voices: The Nonprofit Chronicles

Saturday, November 14, 2020
7pm – 8:30pm CST
Virtual Event on Zoom, free and open to the public, register in advance.

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Inspired by her dissertation entitled “The effects of perceived age and gender discrimination on retention, upward mobility, and advanced in the nonprofit sector” and empowered by the Curb Center Catalyst Creativity Grant. Plattsmier enlisted the help of a local author, Morgan Lima, in bringing the stories within alive. Compiling the experiences of over 100 nonprofit professionals, this initial series highlights the stories of ten women as they navigate experiences of both age and gender discrimination with little protection from a flawed system. You will laugh. You will cry. And hopefully, you will walk away with an understanding of the changes that need to occur.

One Vote Won on demand through Vimeo from Sept. 28 – Nov. 2

September 28-November 2, 2020

We are excited to share that Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff will be able to view the original opera One Vote Won on demand through Vimeo from Sept. 28 – Nov. 2. The Nashville Opera has also provided a helpful study guide authored by Dr. Carroll Van West and Layla Smallwood (MTSU Center for Historic Preservation).

Members of the Vanderbilt community can access the performance here. Please email for the password.

Opera Description:

On a big Election Day, Gloria, a young woman in her 20s, is squarely convinced that she does not need to go vote…that is, until she is befriended by two hidden figures from history. Will these civil rights legends convince her in time to make it to the polls? Nashville Opera is proud to present this true Nashville opera—beautifully written, composed, sung, and filmed by Nashvillians.

Running Time: 40 minutes


Showing through October 31, 2020*
Monday – Friday, 9am –  5pm

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
*To comply with Covid-19 safety recommendations we are asking for anyone interested in viewing this show to make an appointment by calling 615.322.2872 or emailing first.

For our current installation, The Form of Reform, we have partnered with R.E.A.C.H. (Reciprocal Education and Community Healing), a local group comprised of Death Row prisoners (insiders) and local professors and students (outsiders) who share a vision of changing the social justice paradigm.  The group believes the present criminal justice system is traumatizing the lives of our youth, and those already caught in its grasp, and seeks ways to change the system for the better. The show features paintings, drawings, photographs, leather work, sculpture, jewelry, and writings created by Riverbend Maximum Security Institution death row prisoners awaiting execution, or already executed, by the state of Tennessee.

What does it mean to be human? How does one come to forgiveness? What needs to happen to heal? What does it mean to have peace?  Is our justice system really just? Should the death penalty exist?

With The Form of Reform we want to facilitate the difficult yet long-overdue conversations which address the complex questions surrounding our current criminal justice system, prison reform, and the death penalty.  These questions can never be answered if the conversations only include the same voices which created, and often profit from, the problem. Yet these voices, and indeed every voice, cannot be left out of the discussions if real, positive, change is to happen. We hope the community will use The Form of Reform to engage in civil, authentic dialogue with friends and strangers around restorative and transformative justice.  True justice can only be accomplished by listening to the voices of those within the community: You.

In addition to our annual art installations with their attendant programming throughout the year, we also sponsor a number of events across the campus and in our local and regional communities. Highlighted events from the past year can be viewed here.