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April 26 – November 30

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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Free event in Nashville, TN for parents of children with autism

October 17

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

October 3

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, 2019Friday 12:00 PM – 1:30 PMThe Curb Center, Yamada Conference Room
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October 5

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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September 25

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 NashvilleNorthwestern 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).


July 12

High Expectations & Opportunities: Educators’ Perspective on Inclusive Higher Education

Friday, July 12, 2019
5 PM – 7 PM
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

Join three stellar faculty members from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities as they share the reasons why having students with intellectual disability in their courses has made them better educators. Using their firsthand experiences, they will explain why they know their learning communities are more rich because of these students.

Parking is free in Zone 1 lots directly across from the center

Beverages will be provided.

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May 30

Art Expression and Autism: Movers and Shakers

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5 PM – 7 PM
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion with art and autism community leaders:
Massood Taj of Full Circle Art
Leisa Hammett, Ambassadors of Autism artist and mom of AoA artist Grace Goad
Carrie Friddell of In-Harmony Music
Darlene Blade, mom to Logan Blade
Chloe Sybert

Come be part of the community conversation and see the Ambassadors of Autism art exhibit at The Curb Center at Vanderbilt

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May 11

Panel discussion with Ashley Seay and Michele Lambert

Saturday, May 11, 2019
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
This is free and open to the public.

Join us for a panel discussion with Woodblock Artist Ashley Seay and Shimai Gallery Co-Owner and supporter of artists on the spectrum Michele Lambert
Program includes a curated tour of the Ambassadors of Autism art exhibit at the Curb Center at Vanderbilt.

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April 17

The Comedy Collective Spring Showcase

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Black Cultural Center Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

The Comedy Collective invites you to our spring showcase, Wednesday, April 17th at 7:30 in the BCC auditorium. Eat Knockout wings, cotton candy, popcorn. Win great prizes. And laugh as you watch the sketches that we recorded this year. Bring a friend!

April 16-17

Seventeen Men Gallery Lecture with Shayne Davidson

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
7:00 PM
Fort Negley (1100 Fort Negley Blvd)

Artist and genealogy enthusiast Shayne Davidson will share how researching a tiny photo album led to the creation of an extraordinary exhibit honoring the service and sacrifice of seventeen African American soldiers. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Fort Negley Park at 615-862-8470 or visit Seating is limited.

Discovering the Men of the 25th United States Colored Troops

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Tennessee State University Campus Floyd-Payne Campus Center Forum Room 210
This event is free and open to the public.

Join Shayne Davidson as she discusses her book, Civil War Soldiers: Discovering the Men of the 25th United States Colored Troops, and find out about their descendants in Central Tennessee.

Visitors Parking on John A. Merritt Blvd.

April 15

¡BLAIR! Conductors Symposium

Monday, April 15, 2019
6:30-8:00 PM
First Amendment Forum (1207 18th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212)

Roundtable discussion with music directors from Colombia, Panama, Peru, The Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. The role of youth music programs in Latin America; recruitment and retention of at-risk youth; strategies for promoting responsibility, leadership, and team work.

This event is free and open to the public, discussion will be in Spanish.

Sponsored by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy.

April 11

Reading and Conversation: Florence Dore with Nashville Musician Kevin Gordon

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00PM
The First Amendment Center Auditorium (1207 18th Avenue South)
This event is free and open to the public

Join us for reading and conversation with Florence Dore, professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Novel Sounds, Southern Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll. Dore will be joined by Nashville Musician Kevin Gordon who will also be performing along side his band.

Florence Dore is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Novel Sounds: Southern Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll (Columbia University Press 2018), and she released her album Perfect City (Slewfoot Records) in 2001. Dore has published writing on the blues, the rock novel, and her first book on literary censorship came out on Stanford University Press in 2001. She is a member of the board of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at University of Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Archive and has organized two major public conferences on rock and literature: at the National Humanities Center and Carolina Performing Arts in 2016-2017; and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. She worked with Eric Ambel (Joan Jett, The Del-Lords, Steve Earle) and Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) to make Perfect City, and has toured with many notable Nashville artists including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Ken Coomer (Wilco), and Dave Jacques (John Prine). Her song Christmas was recorded by the Posies for the 1996 Geffen Records release Just Say Noel.

Kevin Gordon has been described as “a juke-joint professor emeritus” by Rolling Stone. Gordon’s Louisiana is a strange place. It’s a place where restless teens road trip to where the highway dead-ends at the Gulf of Mexico; a place where prisoners who are in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in the humid afternoon and where religion may not signify hope; and where rivers, never far away, carry secrets behind levees. “One of the things I like about it and am mystified by is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere,” he says. The kicker? All of these postcards are based on true stories. It’s a place that he’s been exploring for twenty years now, on the eve of the release of his astonishing new album Tilt & Shine on Crowville Media. It is work that has earned him fans like noted author and Elvis Presley biographer Peter Guralnick; New West Records artist Buddy Miller; journalist, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Peter Cooper; Todd Snider; head of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly; and Lucinda Williams, with whom he dueted on the song Down To The Well (which was featured prominently on an Oxford American compilation).

Sponsored by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

April 11

Focal Point: Lights, Lasers, and Lenses

Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Wond’ry
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.
RSVP Here:

How do we explore the world? How do we convey that knowledge to others? And how do lights, lasers, and lenses change both of these processes? These questions are motivations for investigating the overlapping practices of scientists and artists, both of whom use materials and research, observation, measuring, experimenting, and imagining to create a truth of the world. The Spring 2019 ArtLab exhibition focuses on art grounded in light, lasers, and lenses but all types of art and science will be included. Emphasizing exploration, formal experimentation, materiality, process, and exhibition context, this show aims to visually explore science through the lens of art.

Interested to submit your ArtScience? Submit your images here until March 29th

Also, be sure to check out our website for more information:

April 9

REAL Speaker Series: Nicole Robinson 

Dismantling Social Inequities through the Lens of Intersectionality

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Reception 5:30 PM, Program 6:30 PM
The First Amendment Center Auditorium (1207 18th Avenue South)
This event is free and open to the public

Dr. Nicole R. Robinson is currently the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Leadership Fellow at the University of Utah.  Before joining the faculty in 2013 as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Professor of Music Education, she served on the music education faculty at institutions including Syracuse University, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Memphis. Dr. Robinson is nationally acclaimed as an educator, scholar, speaker, and author; and has presented her research at national and international conferences, published in several of the industry’s leading research journals, and authored two academic textbooks. She has committed her life’s work to transforming educational and organizational cultures through systemic change processes centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a scholar, Dr. Robinson researches issues of access to quality education for traditionally racialized and marginalized children, socio-cultural inequities in academic practices, and (re)conceptualizing methods to develop a more critical consciousness for inclusive excellence.  Recently, Dr. Robinson launched Cultural Connections by Design, LLC, a diversity education to support corporations, healthcare organizations, and academic institutions into creating “cultures of belonging”—a culture that accepts, values, and views strengths in differences.

This event is presented in partnership by Metro Arts and The Curb Center for Art Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt,

April 6

Ghazal: An Ode to Love

Saturday, April 6, 5:00pm-8:00pm, The Vanderbilt Student Life Center (310 25th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212)
Admission is $15 but free to all Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty.

Ghazal: An Ode to Love will be an event that showcases the centuries-old, South Asian musical tradition of ghazal gayaki (singing). Etymologically, the word ghazal refers to “the mortal cry of a gazelle,” an apt description of the poetic expression of the pain of separation, and the beauty of love that reflects from such longing.

Come join us in the celebration of this art form and immerse yourself in its mysticism with a performance by Tahira Syed, a world-renowned Pakistani ghazal and folk singer, and a talk by musicologist, art collector, and critic, Mr. Ally Adnan. Tickets can be bought at:

Sponsored by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, the Asian Studies Department, Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence,Jewish Studies Department, Middle Eastern Students Association, Multicultural Leadership Council, Muslim Students Association, the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, Religious Studies Department, Sigma Alpha Iota – Iota Phi Chapter, the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt Hillel, and Vanderbilt Student Government.

April 5

THATCamp 2019
Race, Gender & Technology

Friday, April 5, 9:00am – 3:30pm at Avon Williams Campus at TSU (330 10th Avenue North)
Register for free at

The 2019 Race, Gender and Technology THATCamp will feature keynote speakers Dr. Helen Shin, Dr. Fallon Wilson and Dr. Ifeoma Nwankwo. For more information on this event please go to their website:

March 23

Black Lunch Table’s Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Saturday, March 23, 11 am at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center
This event is free and open to the public. All ages 13+ are encouraged to attend.
You must bring a laptop to participate.
Refreshments will be served.

Join The Black Lunch Table artist Jina Valentine during this genre-specific Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. You will learn how to create, update and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of under-documented artists of color.

Please direct any questions to

March 21-23

Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Symposium
Visions of REAL in Practice: Transforming the World through Art & Culture

Thursday, March 21 – Saturday, March 23 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center
Registration $25 includes all 3 days of programing.

Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Pubic Policy has partnered with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission in the Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) Program to develop insight into how institutional practices around arts programming, artists development, and funding and hiring processes can advance racial equity in our community.

Curb Center and Metro Arts believes it is time to broaden the conversation through a national symposium, convening arts policy leaders, arts administrators, cultural equity organizations, individual artists, and grantmakers to discuss challenges and share best practices as we work to build more equitable practices into arts institutions at all levels.

We invite you to join us this March as we work towards an arts-based, participatory action/research approach to uncover the next layers of meaning, exploration and best practices in the critical work of building the capacity of cultural and creative institutions in driving racial equity and civic engagement for all.

Please visit our website for more information:

March 20

Vanderbilt University Music Industry Coffee Chat

Wednesday, 5:00 pm at the Curb Center
Free and Open to Vanderbilt Students.

Vanderbilt students are invited to this informal chat with Music Industry executives. Connect and receive feedback on what you can do to further your career in the music industry either as a musician or as someone who is interested in the industry side of things.

We are welcoming the following executives.

  • Stephen Linn, founder of AmpliFLY Entertainment, as strategic artist development and branding company that helps developing artists and celebrities set up their business, create a brand and strategies, grow their digital profile and develop their careers.
  • Shelby Kennedy, Vice President, Entertainment Relations for TuneCore where he cultivates relationships to serve today’s music creators in areas of digital distribution, publishing administration, and other career-building services.
  • Chris Oglesby, Vice President, Creative at BMG Nashville where he has been responsible for hits such as Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name,” George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No,” and Kenny Chesney’s “Young,” among many more.

Please direct questions and rsvp by emailing

March 19

Ted Chiang on Time Travel in Fiction

Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Kissam C210
Free and Open to the public

Ted Chiang will lecture on the idea and literature of time travel. Ted Chiang is the author of “The Lifecycle of Software Objects”, “Stories of Your Life and Others”, and “Exhalation”. Chiang has won numerous awards including four Nebula awards, four Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four Locus awards. His short story “Story of Your Life and Others” was the basis of the film Arrival (2016).

This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt University English Department, University Course <Ethics of Artificial Intelligence> and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise and Public Policy.

February 25

Chew on This: When is it Not Black History Month?

Monday – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Dinner and discussion about race, history, and power.

Faculty members will be leading discussions at various locations on campus. RSVP by Feb 8 for more details

Presented by the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise and Public Policy and the Department of English in partnership with the Black Cultural Center

February 5

Hannibal Lokumbe, Lecture & Conversation The New Being: Perception and The Spiritual Existence of People of Color

Tuesday – 5:30 – 8:00 pm at The Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St) Free and Open to the public Presented in partnership by Intersection, Metro Arts and The Curb Center for Art Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt, Composer Hannibal Lokumbe will speak to arts and community leaders about building his work in community based arts programming. To learn more about Lokumbe’s residency, visit the Intersection website.

January 14 – March 4

Free Creative Writing Workshop for Immigrants and Refugees

8 Classes
Mondays, January 14 – March 4, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Curb Center

Have you always wanted to write? Do you have stories to tell, from your life or your imagination, but aren’t sure where to begin? Would you like to have a creative outlet in your life but struggle to set aside the time?

If so, join us for a free 8-week creative writing class for refugees and immigrants. We will learn how to transform life experiences into memoir, and how to write fiction from the imagination. Creative writing can be a great form of stress relief and self-care. As well, sharing stories with others is an opportunity for us to share our unique perspectives and experiences. In this class, we will learn about the elements of writing, have time to write in class, and have the option to share writing with the class and instructor for feedback.

This is a diverse and welcoming class, with students who have come from all over the world. Students of all experience levels with creative writing (including none!) are welcome. The class is free thanks to the Tennessee Arts Commission, Metro Arts, and the Porch Writers’ Collective. No ID or documentation required.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! To sign up or with any questions, email the instructor, Anna Silverstein, at

January 18 – March 15

ArtLab @ Vanderbilt ‘Connecting the Dots’
Curb Gallery Art Exhibition

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at The Curb Center
Free and Open to the public

“Connecting the Dots” opens on January 18 at The Curb Center (1801 Edgehill Ave). The exhibit will remain on display until March 15. This event is free and open to the Vanderbilt Community.

The ArtLab aims to connect artists and scientists within the Vanderbilt community. Participants gain experience in artistic and scientific processes and contribute to a piece of work that will be shown during the final exhibition. This exhibition is a show to highlight ArtLab at Vanderbilt. Featuring the work of a number of artists and scientists, the show will bring together members of the ArtLab community, expand the programs reach, and highlight a few key ArtLab fellows who have made a particular impact. Featured artists include Jamie Wenke, Jacob L. Steenwyk, Eve Moll, Marilyn Murphy, and Kendra Oliver.

For more information on ArtLab @ Vanderbilt go to the ArtLab website.

May 3

A Soiree of Science and Song

Thursday – 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Wyatt Center Rotunda
Free and Open to the Public

The Program for Music Mind and Society at Vanderbilt presents an evening of song and science, featuring presentations and live music by MMS members. Including complimentary hors d’oeuvres, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page or email

April 20

Curb Gallery Art Exhibition & Opening Reception

Friday – 4:30 – 6:30 pm at The Curb Center
Open to the public

Join Nashville artist Ashley Mintz and the community artists who participated in the “Who Am I” writing and art project. The show will run from April 20th through July 31st, with community events planned throughout the summer.  Details of those events will be posted here once finalized.

April 18

Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Seminar

Wednesday – Reception @ 5:30 pm – Talk begins @ 6:30 pm
Nashville Children’s Theatre – 25 Middleton Street, Nashville
Open to the public

A writer, producer, and entrepreneur, Anasa Troutman has dedicated her work to the importance of culture and the power of love. As founder and CEO of Culture Shift, Anasa works to build and execute cultural strategies for artists and organizations that are aligned with her vision of a loving world and her belief in creativity as a pathway to personal, community and global transformation. While she experiments with many forms of creative practice, her deepest love is writing.  She creates stories, songs and essays that reflect her unique point of view, commitment to loving kindness and thirst for beauty and adventure. Anasa is currently working on her first book, CultureShift 101, the story of her work and her theory of change being published in the fall of 2018.

April 9

An Interactive Art Exprreince

Monday – 4-6 pm  @ Sarratt Promenade
Refreshments Available

Evolving Doors is an interactive art installation created by the Curb Scholars to facilitate multiple modes of creative expression across campus. Each of the six doors showcases a different aspect of Vanderbilt’s vibrant community: Enchanted Forest, Diverse Hands, Bookshelf of Favorites, Community Honeycomb, Refrigerator Door, and Showbiz.

The Curb Scholars invite the Vanderbilt community to add its own art to this installation, in hope of inspiring dialogue about entering and exiting different communities, marking beginnings and endings while transitioning between different spaces, and fostering a sense of home by introducing features of domestic space to Vanderbilt’s public spaces.

April 4

Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean

Wednesday – 5:30 pm  @ The Vanderbilt Jean and Alexander Heard Library Community Room
Reception and Book Signing to Follow the Event

In celebration of 50 years of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt, acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh will speak about “Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate.” Mr. Ghosh is an renowned author of fiction and non-fiction works, including the Ibis Trilogy and The Great Derangement: Climate Change and The Unthinkable.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Creative Writing Program, Departments of English, History, Political Science, and Religious Studies, the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Jewish Studies Program, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities.

March 29

Invitations to Industry: Connecting Graduate Students to Career Opportunities Outside of Academia Series

Thursday – 4:10 pm  @ 102 Buttrick Hall

Miranda Garno Nesler earned her PhD in English from Vanderbilt in 2009.  After four years as an assistant professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Ball State University, she leveraged her advanced degree to participate in a wide variety of fields.  She has been an art critic (The Curated Object), a collection development manager (at a private women’s history foundation). an instructor in curatorial policy (Sotheby’s Institute), and is now an associate at Whitmore Rare Books.

Co-sponsored by The Curb Center, Comparative Media Analysis and Practice Program (CMAP), and the English department.

March 15

“Future Ready”: How to Kickstart Your Digital Identity

Thursday – 6 pm at The Wond’ry

Larissa May will continue to discuss #HalfTheStory at The Wond’ry, where she will address wellness and how to cultivate a healthy relationship with social media.

Co-sponsored by The Curb Center, Vanderbilt University Career Center, and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.

March 15

The Power of Social Storytelling

Thursday – 4-5 pm @ The Commons Center MPR
Open to All Vanderbilt Students – reserve your spot on DoreWays (under Workshops)

Larissa ‘Larz’ May, founder of Livin’ Like Larz Creative Services (and Vanderbilt Class of 2015 graduate) is returning to campus to talk about the importance of telling the other h#HalfTheStory – the truth behind the perfect Instagram photos and carefully curated social media feed.  While at Vanderbilt Larissa started the#HalfTheStory project to call attention to the mental health impacts that social media was having on young people. The constant need to produce  perfect image and the equally constant consumption of media that detailed other people’s perfect lives combined to exacerbate the overwhelming anxiety and depression students were experiencing.  Through #HalfTheStory, people share the authentic stories behind the perfect pictures, cultivating a sense of shared struggle and caring.

Co-sponsored by The Curb Center, Vanderbilt University Career Center, and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.

March 16

20-minute Individual Consultations with Larz

Friday – 10 am – noon  @ The Vision Place – reserve your spot on DoreWays (under Workshops)

Larissa May will provide individual consultations on social media & personal branding.

Co-sponsored by The Curb Center, Vanderbilt University Career Center, and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.

January – March 2018

Who Am I? Exploring the Self through Painting and Writing

Curb MakerSpace
Each session is limited to 10 attendees

Join Nashville artist Ashley Mintz as she leads attendees on a path to explore self through a painting and writing, resulting in personal storybooks and portraits. At the end of the 5-week workshop, these stories will be exhibited at the Curb Center gallery, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018. Follow each week’s workshop at Wild Enemy Reveries.

March 1-2

Exploring the Intersection of Art and Science

Are you an artist interested in science?  Or a researcher whose images resemble art?  Researchers and artists met at this two-day seminar exploring the intersection of art and science.  ArtLab is the brainchild of  2017-2018 Curb Catalyst Kendra Oliver.  Art-scientists from across Vanderbilt submitted their art, which was displayed throughout the event.  Attendees also had opportunities to make their own art during the event.

February 22

Invitations to Industry: Connecting Graduate Students to Career Opportunities Outside Academia

Lucy Mensah is an art curator specializing in post-WWII and contemporary African American visual culture.  She is currently an assistant curator of Post-1950 Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Her museum career includes a fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC, a curatorial internship at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, and a post-doctoral fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This event was co-sponsored by the Curb Center, Vanderbilt English Department, and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP)
Open to All Vanderbilt Students

February 16

2018 BOOT CAMP: Mindfulness in Creative Practice

On Friday, February 16th,  Nashville artists Lindsay GoransonJojo Jackson, and Jon Royal led a day of workshops centered around ‘Mindfulness in Creative Practice’.  Sessions included: Intention Setting, Movement through Mindfulness, Making Exercises (including a bespoke journal), and an interactive Sensory Walk Experience.

February 9

Creative Problem-Solving: Using Human-Centered Design and Rapid Prototyping

Based on the Stanford school model for design thinking, the project in this session will be an immersive activity meant to give participants a full cycle through the design thinking process in as short a time as possible. The activity will touch on the fundamental values of the—human-centered design, a bias towards action, and a culture of iteration and rapid prototyping—without attempting to communicate all of the methods and activities that the term “design thinking” encompasses.

January 30

A Civility Tennessee Discussion with author Jim Brown

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy is thrilled to support The Tennessean’s Civility Tennessee, a yearlong campaign to engage our community behind four core values: 1) to encourage conversations that are civil and respectful, even if they are hard; 2) to enhance civic participation in conversations such as the local, state and federal elections of 2018; 3) to help promote voter registration efforts; and 4) to increase news literacy and enhance trust between our consumers and our publications.

“We stand for civility” is one of the pillars of The Tennessean Editorial Board’s four-pronged mission. That is why the Tennessean wants to be a leader in putting these words to action, and is inviting the public, elected officials and candidates to join in this journey.

January 24, 2018

Radical Inclusion: A Talk with Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and organizer based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity to catalyze social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Ms. Rodriguez collaborates deeply with social movement groups around the country to co-create art that’s resilient, empowering and transformative.

She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike , a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful” which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2016, she was a recipient of the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship and is currently focused on projects that help end mass incarceration.

January 10, 2018

Intersection, in partnership with the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt and NECAT, hosted a discussion with composers Jonathan Bailey Holland and Joel Bentley Thompson.  Moderated by Cecilia Olusola Tribble (Community and Organizational Development Coordinator for the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission) the event will explore each composer’s music, the role of race in classical music, and how art can serve as a conduit for participatory democracy.

Mr. Holland and Mr. Thompson were in Nashville for Intersection’s performance at Fisk University on Thursday, January 11, 2018 with Choral Arts Link. The performance includes the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Holland and Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. Both artistic works bring forward the voices of many, explore social justice and stand in the center of our current time.

November 29, 2017

Music & the Mind
Featuring Renee Fleming and Drs. Reyna Gordon & Miriam Lense

This seminar focuses on the role of music and the mind.  Renee Fleming, world-renowned soprano, will discuss the role of music in society, including discoveries that are changing our understanding of the human brain.  Reyna Gordon, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Psychology and Director of Vanderbilt’s Music cognition Lab) will address the role rhythm plays in language development and disorders from behavioral, cognitive, neural and genetic perspectives.  Finally, Miriam Lense, Ph.D. (Research Instructor, Otolaryngology and the Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt) will discuss her research, which seeks to better understand social, affective, and cognitive processes in individuals with and without developmental disabilities such as autism and Williams syndrome.

This event is co-presented by Oz Arts Nashville and Vanderbilt Health, and co-sponsored by Blair School of Music, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and the VUMC Department of Otolaryngology.

November 16, 2017

Vanderbilt’s Department of Art and LOCATE Arts facilitated an Insight Series Q&A discussion with visiting curator Magdalena Moskalewicz and artist Dushku Petrovich . Laura Hutson, arts editor of the Nashville Scene, will moderate the event.  The popular Insight Forum brings influential art professionals to Nashville for public conversation.

Event co-sponsored by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy at Vanderbilt and SeedSpace.

November 13-14, 2017

Photography and Community Hackathon @ The Wond’ry 

The November 2017 two-day Hackathon will create digital maps of the North Nashville neighborhood based on the oral histories of the North Nashville community members.  The idea of photographic representation and how meaning is built through words, sounds and images is the foundation of the project.  Archival images and newly create dportraits will be mapped for future public use.

This project was made possible with support from the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy Catalyst GrantThe Wond’ry, the Vanderbilt Department of Art, and the McGruder Social Practice Artists Residency.

October 26, 2017

Invitations to Industry:
Connecting Graduate Students to Career Opportunities Outside of Academia Series

There’s More Than One Track: Career Options for the Humanities PhD with Lisa Niles
4:10 pm –  102 Buttrick Hall

Lisa Niles is the founder and managing partner of Adaptive Growth Strategies and a proven business process leader with a wealth of corporate and academic experience, offering a unique perspective on solving mission-critical issues. She is known for aligning people with the right processes and systems to enhance productivity, increase efficiency, improve bottom line performance and generate more effective analytics.

This event is sponsored by The Curb Center and the English Department.

poster design

October 16, 2017

Designing Your “Mission” Poster with Megan Kelley

Session 3 of our 4-part series on declaring your mission and communication it through a poster
4-6 pm –  Curb Center Makerspace

Now that you’ve figured out your mantra, it’s time to visualize it! Megan Kelley will help you design an 8″ x 10″ poster that transforms your words into a vibrant work of art. These single-color designs can stand alone, or transform into a silkscreen stencil for the final session, opening creative avenues for expressing your passion to the world!

October 10, 2017

We Will Not Be Erased!

Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega is the founder and president of Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), inspired by a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African descent.  She is a passionate advocate for cultural equity, cultural studies, and education.  Dr. Moreno-Vega works to ensure the contributions of African and African descendants are integrated in civil society in the Americas. She has conducted research in Yoruba belief systems in the African Diaspora and has organized international conferences uniting scholars and leading traditional experts focused on expanding the knowledge and importance of sacred African Diaspora traditions. Read more

October 9, 2017

Look and See: A Portrait of Wendall Berry

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy was pleased to co-sponsor a screening of the documentary film, Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry .  The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Vanderbilt faculty and community leaders. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Nashville Food Project. Other co-sponsors included the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and Vanderbilt Cinema and Media Arts.

Visual communicatoin

October 9, 2017

Visual Communication: Using Images to Convey a Message with Elizabeth Meadows

Session 2 of our 4-part series on declaring your mission and communicating it through a poster
4-6 pm – Curb Center Makerspace

Visual communication is described as the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon, and is primarily presented or expressed with two dimensional images, including signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, advertising, animation, color and electronic resources. This style of communication explores the idea that an image which accompanies text has a greater power to inform, educate, or persuade its audience.

Since 2013, Elizabeth Meadows, Ph.D. has been the Assistant Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy. She leads the Curb Scholars Program in Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership, an undergraduate scholarship program that enables students to develop core creative competencies across multiple fields while integrating creativity with public engagement on campus and beyond.

Wandering Map

October 2, 2017

Wandering Map Workshop with Katharine Brooks

Session 1 of our 4-part series on declaring your mission and communicating it through a poster
4-6 pm – Curb Center Makerspace

Katharine Brooks, Ph.D. is the author of You Majored in What ? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career and writes a blog, “Career Transitions” for Psychology Today. She has twice been designated a “Top Ten Most Visionary Leader in Career Services” by CSO Research and received the prestigious Kauffman Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Dr. Brooks has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in sociology from Gettysburg College.  She became the new Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University in 2016.  Prior to that, she directed career centers at Wake Forest University, The University of Texas in Austin, and Dickinson College.

September 30-October 1, 2017

The Nashville Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires attendees to experience hands-on learning while connecting with a diverse group of inventors and projects. These events provide a show-and-tell venue for people of all ages that brings out the “kid” through incredible projects and discoveries that attendees may be unaware of.  This year’s event was held Vanderbilt’s The Wond’ry.

September 28, 2017 – March 31, 2018

The Art of Farzana’s Journey: A Bangladesh story of the water, land, and people’ is an exhibit of the project completed by Vanderbilt Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student and 2017 Curb Public Scholar Chelsea Peters. The showcase highlights the full creation process of Farzana’s Journey, from research to children’s book, with an impressive display of the colorful book illustrations, completed by a number of Vanderbilt students and affiliated artists.

Chelsea wrote a children’s book as part of her dissertation work, in partnership with the Department of Engineering’s ongoing research on the connection between humans and the environment in southwest Bangladesh. The book’s narrative follows a young girl named Farzana who must walk a long distance to fetch her family’s water. Her usual journey develops into an adventure as she meets animal characters, each of whom relays a story about the ever-changing environment and the subsequent human adaptation. 500 copies of the book, printed in Bangla, will be given to Bangladesh school children as a tangible tie between research and the local community.


September 18, 2017

Interview with Megan Kelley & Emily Carlton

Session 3 of our 3-part series on visual note taking
4-6 pm –  Curb Center Makerspace

Participants will use the skills learned in the previous two workshops to take visual notes while Elizabeth Meadows interviews Emily and Megan on their art, advice and sketch note techniques

Visual Note Taking

September 11, 2017

Sketch Notes with Megan Kelley

Session 2 of our 3-part series on visual note taking
4-6 pm – Curb Center Makerspace

A lecture can sometimes feel like being on safari with a camera: there is so much to take in, and so much to capture! Sketchnotes can help the listener stay engaged, retain more information, and use unique perspectives to create new connections. Anyone can learn the basics of drawing good notes by transforming the subject matter into a visual adventure – no art degree required!

Megan Kelley has fifteen+ years of experience cultivating arts experiences in corporate, commercial, and grassroots spheres. As a sketchnote artist, she documents contemporary dialogues into Visual Summaries of information that become easily seen, understood, and shared. Ms. Kelley is drawn to contemporary dialogues about equity, policy, and community within the arts, and works to amplify marginalized voices through the visual sharing of their experiences through work with groups as diverse as Toyota, Red Bull, TEDx, Creative Mornings, The City of Nashville, The Mayor’s Dialogue for Racial Justice, Conscious Conversation, ArtCamp, Science Club, Research Club, and The Conference to End Mass Incarceration.

Visual Note Taking

August 28, 2017

Visual Note Taking with Emily Carlton

Session 1 of our 3-part series on visual note taking
4-6 p.m – Curb Center Makerspace

Sketchnote Academy is a workshop designed to teach you how to really listen, capture big ideas, and share those big ideas with others through the visual note-taking method called Sketchnotes. In this small group environment, you’ll learn from the instructor (AND your peers!) as you work through foundations, tools, methods, and finishing techniques. By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to visualize and communicate ideas, and you’ll also find these skills carry over to other areas of life and study!

Emily Carlton is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Nashville where she helps individuals and businesses visualize their messages through illustration. Outside of working with her own clients and teaching workshops, Emily travels and draws for The Sketch Effect, a visual communication solutions company based in Atlanta. In the few moments she’s not putting pen to paper, you can find her outside hiking, kayaking, or longboarding