Three Million Stories

Project: Research project

Project Details


Three Million Stories Three Million Stories The Curb Center at Vanderbilt, in collaboration with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University, proposes to plan and implement a three-day conference in March 2015 in Nashville. Based on our successful 3 Million Stories conference in March 2013, participants will gather to examine the training and careers of Americas arts graduates. The new 3 Million Stories will take place at the Vanderbilt University Student Center and feature speakers, panels, break-out sessions and guest artists. The title comes from the roughly three million people with arts degrees from American educational institutions. A sense of urgency fueled the first conference. One attendee observed that they valued the chance to interact with artists and arts administrators from across disciplines to discuss the important issues no one else seems to be talking about at my institution. In 2015 we will continue and expand the key themes. The arts education economy is rapidly transforming, accountability standards for institutions of higher learning are escalating, and deficiencies in access and equity are still plaguing the field. Within this context, participants will probe issues ranging from curricular reform to institutional transformationalong the way covering such themes as the social life of the artist, mission and marketplace, the artists tool kit for a changing world, and the access and equity imperative. In short, we will explore in depth a central theme that emerged during the first conference: the desire to collectively investigate and reformulate what a new model for the 21st century arts training institution might look like.
Effective start/end date6/1/146/30/16


  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): $30,000.00


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