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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.