Research & Policy Makers

Check out the Curb Center’s most recent research and public policy communications.

Making Musical Engagement Accessible and Associated Attitudes Toward Inclusion

Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 2017 Seed Grant Awards: Miriam Lense, Ph.D.

This grant supports curriculum development and related materials for the SERENADE (Social and Rhythmic Engagement in Autism Spectrum Disorder) Program. The SERENADE Program is a series of inclusive parent-child music classes that use parent training, peer modeling, and behavior therapy techniques to build social and community engagement opportunities for children with autism. This grant additionally supports pilot research into the impact of SERENADE music program participation on awareness of and attitudes toward inclusion practices.

View Adam Savage’s story on the Mobile Maker’s Space that Vanderbilt PhD and former Curb Center HASTAC scholar Gokul Krishnan created during his year at the Curb Center. Gokul gathered support from all over the university for this innovative project, turning his dissertation with Rogers Hall into a resource for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and now for hospitals around the country.

Gokul has continued to work on this project, and this past July received a NSF award for “EAGER: MAKER: Mobile Makerspaces for Children’s Hospital Patients: Exploring Impact on Patients’ Agency, Creative STEM Problem Solving and Physical Well-being”.


Current public opinion toward federal funding for arts & culture in the United States 
Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Rachel Skaggs
April 10, 2017

This policy brief reports on U.S. adults’ attitudes toward the President’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture and toward levels of government spending on arts and culture, using national survey data collected between March 23-27, 2017. Read more



Jyoti Gupta’s 2015 white paper, “Holding the Mirror Up,” served as a key resource for initial conversations amongst the first cadre of REAL participants.  Based on interviews with Nashville arts organizations, Jyoti’s white paper frames key practices and arts organization’s own reflections on their role in Nashville’s cultural ecosystem and in creating a more equitable city. Read more.