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Conservancy Gala Slideshow

Select the photo for the complete slideshow from Rusty Terry of The Tennessean.

Pictured: Conservancy Gala co-chairs Bert and Brooks Mathews, left, with Victoria Ziegler and Tom Carnell at The Conservancy Gala - Designs in Verde, a fundraiser for the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, held on the shores of Lake Watauga in Centennial Park.

Highlights of Conservancy Accomplishments in the Past Year

The Conservancy is very proud of the work we do and the impact we have on our community. We thank you, our members, donors, volunteers and all those who participate, for all of your support. Some of our achievements this past year include:

- Received the SunTrust Bank Business Acumen in the Arts Award at the Salute to Excellence Dinner
- Continued to offer excellence in educational programming, with expanded focus on autistic, down syndrome, visually impaired and other disabled children and adult visitors
- Received private Lead Gift for the first phase of Centennial Park's Master Plan. Partnering with Metro Parks and Metro Water, we are underway. Dredging and recirculation begins in Lake Watauga this winter, to be completed by Spring of 2014. In addition, Cockrill Spring will be brought to the surface, creating water features and a gathering plaza to enjoy the spring, relax, and take in views of the Parthenon and Musicians Corner
-Partnered with American Archeological Association and Vanderbilt University, improving caliber of Parthenon Symposium Series
- Received private collection of Tennessee Exposition memorabilia (The David Ewing Collection) and donated to the Parthenon permanent collection
- Our successful Musicians Corner program achieved significant growth (over 41,000 attendees in 2013), fast becoming the city's premier outdoor family entertainment destination for free music events
- Partnered with the W.O. Smith Music School, Musicians Corner, and members of the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band to teach students about traditional New Orleans Jazz music
- Purchased and donated interactive computers to the Parthenon's main gallery
- Installed permanent collection of Parthenon Casts and Maquettes in the Parthenon's Treasury Room. By placing the maquettes on 8 foot high stands and placing the casts directly below, this new arrangement gives visitors instant information about the identity of the figures and where each one fits into the overall design and of the pediment and the building. It connects the two elements and makes clear their relationship to each other. Text panels clarify the relationship between the casts, the maquettes and the pediments.
- Partnered with the City for a successful Metro 50th Celebration in Public Square
- Restored rare 1870 book for Parthenon's permanent collection
- Enhanced quality of art exhibits at the Parthenon, resulting in heightened interest and increased attendance
- Presented a "Conversation with John Seigenthaler and the Blind Boys of Alabama" at the First Amendment Center


The Conservancy in the Nashville Business Journal

Read about Centennial Park and our Master Plan from our president, Sylvia Rapoport's guest column in the Nashville Business Journal here.

The column takes a look at how Nashville has grown over the past century and how it continues to grow with the upcoming Master Plan. Nashville is certainly a wonderful place to call home, and we are excited for all the future holds at Centennial Park.


Gala Patrons Party

Select the photo for the complete slideshow from Rusty Terry of The Tennessean.

Pictured: Hope Stringer, left, Conservancy Gala co-chair Bert Mathews, Howard Stringer and Conservancy Gala co-chair Brooks Mathews at the 2013 Conservancy Gala: Designs in Verde Patron's Party, held at the Stringer home.

Bid On Our Conservancy Auction


Our annual fundraiser is around the corner. For our auction this year, we are delighted to offer Absentee Bidding.


Place a bid until Tuesday, October 22 at 3 PM. Proceeds benefit the great work of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.