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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. 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.

September 17, 2021 through December 16, 2022

The Art of Healing Exposition featuring works from the W.H.O. Art to Act for Health 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. The show features the paintings, drawings, fiber arts, sculpture, writing, film and photography from 165 Nashville artists in physical and virtual settings so everyone can share in the power of art to heal. For more details about the show and to access show-related events visit the AoH site here.

Jazz on the Move featuring the story and music of Tito Puente
September 25, 2021, 2:00 PM

Plaza Mariachi 
This event is free to the public.

Tito Puente is best known for his dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54. Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University Lalo Davila and his 10-piece Latin ensemble will perform a number of Tito Puente’s most well-known compositions. Each installment of Jazz on the Move features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. This performance is in cooperation with the Nashville Jazz Workshop. For more information visit:

Vanderbilt University Orchestra featuring KV 265 Communicating Science Through Art
September 25, 2021, 8:00 PM

Ingram Hall

Performance note: Members of the Vanderbilt community (students, faculty and staff) with valid VU ID may attend this performance in person. All others are invited to watch the performance via our live-streaming platform.

The Vanderbilt University Orchestra, conducted by Robin Fountain, and Vanderbilt Treble Choir, directed by Mary Biddlecombe, present Gustav Holst’s The Planets, in conjunction with astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado and KV 265 – Communicating Science Through Art.

Presented in partnership with Vanderbilt’s Communication of Science and Technology Program, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Cinema and Media Arts.

KV 265 is a nonprofit organization started in 2010 by Salgado, Anne Barlow and Dr. Geza Gyuk to promote the communication of science through art. Through partnerships with symphony orchestras, chamber musicians, composers, artists, scientists and educational institutions, KV 265 presents multidisciplinary works connecting disciplines including astronomy, photography, music, film and storytelling.

These multimedia performances, lectures, and workshops pair engaging visuals of science with great music, to enhance the audience experience and to educate the public about the world and the universe.

This program was originally scheduled to be performed in Spring 2020. We are thrilled to be able to present it now!


Photo Pie Challenge #1: The World of Nolensville!
October 1, 2021, 10:00 AM

Plaza Mariachi 
This event is free to the public.

Do you like to explore the world with your photography? We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 10am. We’ll meet in the Plaza Mariachi parking lot, briefly discuss the challenge, and then venture out to get inspiration along Nolensville Pike. Afterward, we’ll share some pies, look at your pics, and select the group’s favorites, which will then be featured as part of the Art of Healing ‘Daily art’ experience. Learn more and sign up at