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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.

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January 17, 2020

The Form Of Reform Opening Reception

January 17, 2020
Friday, 4pm – 7 pm
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

Mark Your Calendars for January 17, 2020 from 4-7 pm when the Curb Center hosts an opening reception for its newest installation ‘The Form of Reform’, which showcases paintings, drawings, sculpture, leather work, jewelry and writings from Tennessee’s death row population. All artwork has been generously loaned by Nashville individuals and organizations who are focused on starting a conversation around how we can work together to make restorative justice a reality in our community.

The artwork will be on display at the Curb Center until June 2020.


January 29, 2020

A Sense of Belonging: The Future of the American Orchestra

January 29, 2020
Wednesday, 7:30pm
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall
This is free and open to the public.

For decades, classical music has bemoaned its decline and aspired to bring in new audiences. During the five-year tenure of former executive director Aubrey Bergauer, the California Symphony in Walnut Creek changed this narrative by doubling its audience, nearly quadrupling its donor base, and adding concerts to accommodate increased demand, all while delivering surplus budgets to better fund the art and the mission.

Armed with data showing that classical music itself isn’t a problem and that solutions aren’t just for millennials, Bergauer, the founding executive director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s new Center for Innovative Leadership, will share the three pillars of the California Symphony’s success: listening to user experience research, designing for customer loyalty, and focusing on diversity.

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “dynamic and innovative administrator” and praised by the Wall Street Journal for leadership that “points the way to a new style of audience outreach,” Bergauer demonstrates how these strategies create not only a sense of belonging and relevance, but a thriving future for any orchestra.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available free of charge in the West Garage.


February 17, 2020

Screening of REMAND

February 17, 2020
Monday, 5:00 PM
Sarratt Cinema
This is free and open to the public.

Henry, a Ugandan teenager, was losing hope, languishing in prison for two murders he didn’t commit.

Jim’s comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry would never meet.

REMAND tells the firsthand, true story of how Henry and Jim, separated not only by an ocean and thousands of miles, but also differing cultures and life experiences, met and worked together to inspire justice reform for an entire country.

Join us for a screening and a QA session with producer Randy Brewer.

February 28, 2020

Stirring the Waters Across America

February 28, 2020
Friday, 7:00pm
Langford Auditorium
This is free and open to the public. Register on the Eventbrite page for tickets.

You are invited to join Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt African American and Diaspora Studies, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy for an evening of unprecedented fervor in the production of Stirring the Waters Across America. This event is free and open to the public.

The dawn of a new decade brings with it the paramount duty of progressive minds to engage a Sankofa moment. Sankofa, from the Twi language of Ghana, is represented by an Asante Adinkra symbol generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. Its metaphorical significance is drawn from the Akan people who stress the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. We are in that moment.

Stirring the Waters Across America is a multimedia touring production illuminating the Civil Rights Movement. Conceived by American composer Nolan Williams, Jr., the production combines captivating music, spoken word, and dance with stunning visuals to highlight seminal moments from the Movement (1954-1968), connecting the past with the present.

Stirring the Waters Across America is one of the first works to be developed through The Kennedy Center’s newly-inaugurated Social Impact Arts Residency. The touring production is produced by NEWorks Productions and Edgewood Ventures.

“Through its images, music, dance, and overall narrative, STIRRING THE WATERS… offers a multi-sensory, inspiring experience that… is brilliant, stunning, and stirring… [It] links the past to the present, while offering a solution-oriented blueprint for an improved future. Williams and his team have set the mark high and America is better off for it!” ~ROBERT J. PATTERSON, Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality 

Following the performance Nolan Williams, Jr. and Ethnomusicologist, Dr. Alisha Lola Jones will engage the audience in a talk-back about the production. Clergy, Musicians, Youth groups, Community groups, Activists, Organizers and all concerned citizens will find this event inspiring.