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The Conservancy to be feature on "Our Nashville"

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NECAT's "Our Nashville" To Honor The Conservancy

Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) launches a new television series called Our Nashville, featuring 20 thirty-minute episodes in season one, each focusing on a different local nonprofit organization.

In summer 2016, NECAT received news that their Public Investment Proposal for adding a new service to the city had been approved by Mayor Barry and by Metro Council. The project is designed to proactively inform the public about the many invaluable nonprofit services and opportunities available to them and to let nonprofit organizations know that city leaders and public arts, public education, and public access television teams value their roles in our city.

"This is a wonderful way for the city to work with non-profits in order to highlight the important work they are doing in the community," said Mayor Megan Barry. "The PIP process is designed to promote innovation and collaboration, and NECAT has produced a great model for supporting our city's invaluable non-profit organizations."

In fall 2016, a call for applications went out to area nonprofits to apply for coverage in season
one and NECAT received 103 applications for the 20 spots. An experienced Selection Committee comprised of the heads of several major foundations worked with NECAT CEO Trish Crist to score the applications and the cumulative numbers identified the season's top 10 arts and top 10 education/community service.

They are:

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Global Education Center
Conservancy for the Parthenon
Hendersonville Arts Council
Nashville Ballet
Nashville Shakespeare Festival
National Museum of African American Music
Tennessee Craft
My Father's War
Oz Arts Nashville

Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Nashville Public Library Foundation
Governor's Books from Birth Foundation
Conexion Americas
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Nurses for Newborns
Siloam Health
Alzheimer's Association
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute


Parthenon Docent Training Classes January 28


Become a Parthenon Docent

We've just flipped the calendar into a new year. What are your resolutions? Is one of them learning something new, perhaps? What about giving something back to your community? Being an ambassador for Nashville?

If you're full of good intentions as we head into 2017, if you're interested in history or art, if you enjoy talking to people, come join the Docent Training Class and then give of your new knowledge to the thousands of visitors who come to the Parthenon every year. Leading group tours and talking with individual visitors is a rewarding way to share your love of art and history with students, children, and adults.

The Parthenon's next Docent Training Class beings Saturday, February 4th, and is looking for people who are interested in learning more about ancient Greece, Nashville history, and American art and in sharing that knowledge with others. Classes are taught by museum staff and local scholars.

Parthenon docents, who range in age from 17 to 70, give tours to school groups and individuals, answer questions, give directions, and act as ambassadors for Nashville and the Parthenon.

For additional information, call 615-862-8431 or e-mail

Full Class Schedule

January 28
1. Welcome & introduction to the docent program, backstage inside tour of the building and introduction of staff (Wesley Paine)
2. Introductory tour of the building, its architectural and sculptural elements, including a tour of the exterior of the building (Wesley Paine)

February 4
1-2. The Athenian Acropolis and the Parthenon
Brief overview of Acropolis & in-depth discussion of the Parthenon: history, architectural refinements, sculptural elements (pediments, metopes, narrative frieze, Athena) (Barbara Tsakirgis/Wesley Paine)

February 11
1-2. Greek Sanctuaries and Archtiecture (Helen Sanders)

February 18
1. Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897 (Wesley Paine)
2. The post-Centennial Parthenon (Wesley Paine)

February 25
1. James M. Cowan, Collector
2. Curator's tour of the Cowan Collection (Susan Shockley)

March 4
1-2. Looking at art and the Cowan Collection (Helen Sanders)

March 11
1. Greek mythology (Wesley Paine)
2. The Making of Athena (film)

March 18
1-2. How to be a Docent: Tour suggestions & tips, special populations, best route, schedule, calendar, expectations. Extended Q & A

DOCENT GRADUATION (Brunch and Presentations): March 25

Docents will prepare a short paper for presentation at graduation and are expected to join The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.


James M. Cowan Full Exhibit returns to the Parthenon


James M. Cowan at the Parthenon

The Parthenon is pleased to announce a new exhibition featuring all 63 paintings donated by James M. Cowan in the late 1920s. Two-thirds of Mr. Cowan's gift are always on permanent view, but limitations of space prevent installation of the entire collection. Mr. Cowan, who grew up in middle Tennessee, visited the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. When, twenty years later, he learned that the city of Nashville planned to make the Exposition's temporary Parthenon a permanent structure, he offered to give a selection of paintings to the Parthenon. In 1927 and 1929 three shipments of 21 paintings each, destined for the Parthenon's new permanent galleries, arrived in Nashville from Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City.

The collection contains work by such well-known artists as Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910), as well as work by lesser-known painters: self-taught artist John Francis Murphy's (1853-1921) quiet, contemplative view of Lake Champlain and Cullen Yates (1866-1945) vibrant rendition of the Maine coast, for instance. Two women painters of note, Lillian Genth (1876-1953) and Pauline Lennards Palmer (1867-1938), are included, along with paintings by father and son, George Inness, Sr (1825-1894), and George Inness, Jr (1854-1926). The influences of France's Barbizon School, the Hudson River School, and American Impressionism are clearly visible, especially with the entire collection on view.

This exhibition will remain on view through April 22, 2017.


Volunteer at the Parthenon


Volunteer at the Parthenon

The Conservancy is looking for friendly volunteers to greet guests at the Parthenon. Volunteers would welcome our guests and provide a special hospitality that makes each visitor's experience memorable. Volunteers should have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with the public and have a professional work ethic.

Please contact Clare Robbins at 615-862-6810 or if you are interested.