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Due to Covid-19 we have suspended in-person events until further notice. 

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. In addition to our annual art installations with attendant programming 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.


FEBRUARY 9-11, 2021
Virtual Events

Join Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies for the 5th annual Vanderbilt Haiti Week! Virtual programs will feature scholars from Vanderbilt University and The City College of New York-CUNY, and explore Haitian history, music, culture, literature, language, and more.

Advanced Registration Required.
Register now to receive the Zoom link for all events.

5:30-6:30 PM CST “Teaching Haiti with Music and Carnival” with Danielle Dorvil (Vanderbilt University) K-12 Teacher Workshop

12:10-1:00 PM CST “Translating Haiti: A Conversation with Nathan Dize and Vanessa K. Valdés” featuring Nathan Dize (Vanderbilt University) and Vanessa K. Valdés (The City College of New York-CUNY).

12:30-1:30 PM CST “Race and Revolution” Panel Discussion with Brandon Byrd, Jane Landers, Jesus Ruiz, and Tiffany Patterson (Vanderbilt University).

All events will use the same Zoom meeting link. Register once to receive the link to join all events. Feel free to join us for one or all of the programs, drop in when your schedule allows, turn off your video feed, etc. Everyone is welcome! Haiti Week 2021 co-sponsors include the Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, African American and Diaspora Studies, the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity, the Vanderbilt Caribbean Students Association, and the Curb Center.

Tuesday, February 16
Noon – 1pm CST via Zoom

The Death of the Artist, how creators are struggling to survive in the age of billionaires and big tech.Join us for a virtual discussion with New York Times bestselling author William Deresiewicz, whose new book explores changing ideas about the nature of art and the role of the artist in society—from Music Row to Silicon Valley and much more.

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Sponsored by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences Department of American Studies and Department of Communication Studies.

Art submittals are being accepted between February 5 – March 31
The Art of Healing Exposition featuring works from the W.H.O. Art to Act for Health will run from September 2021 through December 2022. The Exposition will take place at sites throughout Nashville, showcasing the exciting ways in which our community is using creative arts to foster healing in their own everyday lives and neighborhoods.

Are you using your creativity to cope with how your world has changed since covid-19?  Has your creative expression helped you to deal with the physical and emotional tolls of the last year?  Or maybe you’ve been using your art as a way to express your thoughts and feelings and dreams long before March 2020.  Regardless of when or why you create, we hope you will consider submitting your original art for inclusion in the Art of Healing. Information on submitting your work for inclusion in the show can be found here.

January 2020 – June 2021
*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.