The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park is a for-purpose 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Although we are a separately chartered organization, The Conservancy was organized with the cooperation of the Metro Parks and Recreation Department.

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park began in 1982 as the Athena Fund when nickels and dimes were collected by school children and adult visitors to pay for the creation of the statue Athena inside the Parthenon. Upon completion of this project in 1990, we became Parthenon Patrons. In 2005, The Conservancy Board of Directors voted to expand the mission and scope of our work to include Centennial Park, and since 2009 the organization has been called The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park. The Parthenon was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and Centennial Park has been listed since 2008.

We support programs, fund exhibits and provide services in furtherance of our mission. The Conservancy has a widespread imprint on the Nashville community. As an organization, we continually strive to add and improve our initiatives in support of our city’s iconic treasures in Centennial Park.


The Conservancy's mission is to preserve, enhance and share the Parthenon and Centennial Park so that all future generations may benefit from these enriching cultural and educational landmarks.


We are the support organization that benefits the Parthenon and Centennial Park. Our goal is to enhance these two city treasures and to bring the best of them to our community and beyond.

Through the generosity of our partners and supporters, we fund a variety of programs and services, including:

  • MUSICIANS CORNER: The Conservancy's Musicians Corner program has presented over 1,500 emerging, established and legendary artists at over 125 free community concerts in Centennial Park.
  • KIDSVILLE: The Conservancy's Kidsville program connects over 8,000 children annually to enriching opportunities for growth through education, experience, and exploration.
  • ART EXHIBITS: The Conservancy helps fund a curated series of relevant historical and artistic exhibits as well as lectures on topics relating to ancient Greek art, architecture and history that encourage productive social discourse.
  • DOCENTS AND VOLUNTEERS: The Conservancy docents and greeters enhance the Parthenon's visitor experience through tours on art and architecture. Our volunteer program provides support for Musicians Corner, Kidsville, and other events.
  • SPEAKERS BUREAU: The Conservancy sends experts into our community to present educational seminars about the Parthenon and Centennial Park.
  • ARCHITECTURE TOURS: Tours are led by our knowledgeable docents and cover the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
  • THE PARTHENON SERIES: Conversations on Art and Architecture are free educational offerings featuring exciting and informative conversations by individuals or panel experts who can spark your interest in a variety of topics.

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit-organization.


The Conservancy was honored to be featured on NECAT's Our Nashville series. Check out these wonderful videos from our segment.