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Parthenon Announces New Docent Training Class

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 2016, 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 begins a new Docent Training Class on Saturday, January 23rd, 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, among them Dr. Barbara Tsakirgis of Vanderbilt University and Dr. Helen Sanders.

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


News Channel 5 Covers The Mars Molecule Project

"Three new sculptures that look like they arrived from space have been placed in Centennial Park and next to Pinewood Social, but they appeared rather mysteriously." Check out News Channel 5's in depth reporting on The Mars Molecule Project, the new public art instillation in Centennial Park. View the full story here, and watch the video below.


Kidsville At The Parthenon Kicks Off The New Year

Kidsville at the Parthenon, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, will kick off the new year with two free events in January and February. In March, the popular children's educational series will expand its programming, moving from monthly to weekly in the Parthenon.

"Kidsville at the Parthenon has been a phenomenal success," said Conservancy President Sylvia Rapoport. "It is fabulous to see families from across Nashville coming together in our city's most iconic landmark to learn through storytelling and crafts."

On January 9, Kidsville at the Parthenon will celebrate Centennial Park's new art installation "The Mars Molecule Project" with a reading and learning workshop. Storytime will feature "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg," one of Aesop's famous Greek Fables. Participants will also explore mathematical concepts related to the Parthenon and the Mars Molecule exhibit while creating their own designs.

On February 13, the exploration of fairy tales and fables will continue through the art of Katherine Ace, whose exhibit will be featured in the Parthenon's East Gallery. Children will experience a Valentine's Day story and create their own fairy tale-themed Valentine's Day cards.

Kidsville at the Parthenon currently takes place on the second Saturday of the month from 11 - 11:45 AM. The program will expand to weekly on March 5. Parthenon admission is free for Kidsville attendees.


Landing The Molecules...


Two public art sculptures from "The Mars Molecule Project," created by San Francisco-based artist Mario Martinez, have been installed in the Cockrill Spring area of Centennial Park. The pieces were recently exhibited at Burning Man and Art Basel. Now, because of the generosity of a local arts patron, Nashville will enjoy the sculptures for six months. The pieces are 9 feet in diameter, weigh 5,000 pounds and are made of bronze. They were first designed using 3D printing, then transformed into sculpture using "lost wax" technique, a method pre-dating the Bronze Age. They are modern and ancient and reminiscent of molecules.

People are encouraged to post photos of the art tagging the Instagram handle @marsmoleculesnashville, and using the hashtag #marsmoleculesnashville on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.



As the year draws to an end, we thank our supporters for allowing The Conservancy to use your dollars towards restoring Centennial Park and providing award-winning programming at the Parthenon. We are committed to excellence in stewardship of your donations and can help you achieve tax savings while also making a year-end donation. How? You can donate to The Conservancy your appreciated stock or securities. This is one of the most effective ways to achieve tax savings because you can avoid completely the capital gains tax you would have otherwise paid and deduct on your tax return the appreciated fair market value of the securities at the time of your gift. If you have held your stock for at least one year, you qualify for these tax savings. You also enable The Conservancy to carry out its mission by providing crucial funds for the Parthenon and Centennial Park to offer programs, services and initiatives that contribute to the education and enjoyment of our residents and visitors alike. It is a "win-win" for both of us.

We can make this happen easily and simply without any cost to you. Just call us at 615-862-8400 ext. 324. We will facilitate this donation quickly and efficiently. As a donor, you get the satisfaction knowing you have supported The Conservancy while simultaneously obtaining the tax benefit you desire. Let us know how we can help now.