About the Conservancy
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park began in 1982 as the Athena Fund. Its original purpose was to raise funds to recreate the statue Athena, which stood in the ancient Greek Parthenon. This project led to further funding for the gilding of Athena and complete restoration of the miniature Pediment Sculptures. The Conservancy created a Docent Program and supports Parthenon educational programs, symposia speaker series, ongoing exhibits, Greek theatre and special projects. In 2006, The Conservancy began a cultural exchange with Greece to connect Nashville's Parthenon with the ancient Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum, Benaki Museum and the city of Athens. We have welcomed the Greek Ambassador to Nashville; the Onassis Foundation sent a theatrical troupe to perform at the feet of Athena; and the Benaki Museum of Athens sent an exhibition from its private collection. The Conservancy mission has expanded to include a commitment to enhancing, restoring and preserving Centennial Park. We gained National Register status for Centennial Park and have begun to work toward restoring our outdoor monuments with historic integrity and authenticity.
Who is The Conservancy?
We are the support organization that benefits the Parthenon and Centennial Park. Our goal is to enhance these two city treasures and to bring the best of them to our community and beyond.
* What does that mean?
It means that with our generous supporters, we fund programs and services such as: educational programming for children and adults (did you know that we fund special programs for autistic, down syndrome, Alzheimer's, visually impaired and other disabled children and adult visitors at the Parthenon?) ,
* docents to enhance the visitor experience (did you know that we provide funds to train docent volunteers?),
* rotating art exhibits (did you know that we have provided funds for the Flex-It! My Body, My Temple exhibit of social practice artworks that addressed obesity and A Day at the Fair with The David Ewing Collection exhibit at the Parthenon showcasing more than eighty objects from David's extensive collection of memorabilia from the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition ?),
* Speakers Bureau (did you know that your organization can contact the Parthenon and have a speaker presentation on Parthenon and Centennial Park-related topics?),
* Musicians Corner (did you know that we fund this free outdoor music experience in the park on Saturdays in Centennial Park?), and
* Kidsville (did you know that we fund free weekly educational programming for our younger community members at the Parthenon?).
The Conservancy is a for purpose 501(c)(3) non profit that serves a vital role in our community, and we encourage you to look around our website - let us know what interests you!
Words from the President
The Parthenon and Centennial Park have been essential parts of our city's fabric for more than a century. As a support organization, The Conservancy is committed to strengthening, enhancing and restoring these two Nashville crown jewels for the next century and beyond. As the private, for-purpose organization which serves the community through stewardship and promotion of the Parthenon and Centennial Park, we are committed to making a significant difference. Donations through memberships allow us to continue educating the public through programs and exhibits, as well as offer a venue for people with a passion for history, culture and the visual and performing arts.
As a classical symbol, the Parthenon represents a respect for tradition that is balanced by an equal respect for innovation that distinguishes Nashville from other cities. From educational programming to changing art exhibits to symposia, the Parthenon is one of the busiest places in town. We have enhanced the quality of exhibits at the Parthenon, resulting in heightened interest and increased attendance. Our stellar educational programs partner with area schools, providing a unique learning experience to middle and high school students. We have also expanded our focus on autistic, down syndrome, visually impaired and other disabled children and adult visitors. Our newly launched interactive Kidsville program at the Parthenon has proved to be an exciting venture for our younger audience where Greek mythology, play and craft activities intersect.
With our Centennial Park Master Plan, we have fresh attention focused on the city's park that holds a special place in the history of Nashville and the hearts of our community. Our long-range distinctive plan is transforming the park into a model of sustainable ecological practice and horticultural excellence, accommodating modern uses that will stand the test of time. At the same time, our plan will continue to honor the history of the park. Your support ensures that the Parthenon and Centennial Park will continue to be a place for fun, a place for music, a place for culture and art and a place for the community to gather.
The Parthenon and Centennial Park are two beloved venues where people with a passion for history, culture, the arts and the great outdoors.