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Announcing Sip and Savor March 29


Celebrate Southern Frances Rich Culture

You are invited to sip, savor, enjoy and learn about the flavorful flair of this alluring area. Internationally established Master Foodie Mara Papatheodorou will highlight the culinary and cultural history of this colorful region. A delectable tasting reception of Southern French delights will follow.

The event will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 pm inside the Parthenon. Tickets are $50. Purchase them here.


Memory Fragments: The art of Pre-Columbian West Mexico

Memory Fragments

Memory Fragments Returns to the Parthenon

The Parthenon Museum presents an exhibit of its Pre-Columbian collection donated to the museum in the late 1970s. Little was known about the creators of these significant artifacts- a group of regional civilizations in what is now West Mexico which flourished from roughly 400 B.C.E. to 300 C.E. and left no written records. Parthenon visitors will have the opportunity to view exquisite sculptures as well as other stone and ceramic artifacts from the Nayarit, Colima, Michoacán, and Jalisco regions of Western Mexico. Rich color and sophisticated craftsmanship demonstrate the pottery techniques and careful thought that went into the creation of each sculpture.

These objects form the narrative about and provide an illustration of the daily life, religious practices, and shaft tomb burial tradition that are key to these long vanished cultures. The idea of these objects as "memory fragments" underscores not only the role these artifacts have in recreating the past, but also their emerging popularity in the 20th century.

The exhibit opens March 3 through June 18. Admission to the Parthenon is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 62 and over; and $4 for children 4-17. Children under 4 are admitted free.


March Architecture Tours

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Architecture Tours of the Parthenon in March

Any interest on the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece? Take one of these docent lead architecture tours throughout the month of March.

March 4 - 10 am
March 5 - 2 pm
March 18 - 10 am
March 19 - 2 pm

These tours are free for members of the Conservancy and free with the price of admission for non-Conservancy members.


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.