Centennial Park Conservancy is a for-purpose 501(c)(3) not-for-profit profit organization. Although we are a separately chartered organization, Centennial Park Conservancy was organized with the cooperation of the Metro Parks and Recreation Department. We fund and present a variety of enriching programs in the Parthenon and Centennial Park that make a widespread imprint on the Nashville community and our visitors.
Our organization 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, our Board of Directors voted to expand the mission and scope of our work to include Centennial Park, and in 2009 the organization was renamed The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park. In 2019, a shorted and easier to recall name, Centennial Park Conservancy, was introduced. (Read more about our name change.)
The Parthenon was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and Centennial Park has been listed since 2008.
Centennial Park 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.
Centennial Park Conservancy exists to support the Parthenon and Centennial Park. Our programs enhance visitors' interactions with these city treasures and ensure they enjoy memorable experiences.
Through the ongoing generosity of individual, corporate and foundation partners, we fund and present a variety of programs and services, including:
- MUSICIANS CORNER: Since 2010, Musicians Corner has presented over 1,500 emerging, established and legendary artists at 150 free events in Centennial Park, with annual attendance of over 75,000 people.
- KIDSVILLE: We support families by connecting over 10,000 children annually to free and enriching opportunities for growth through education, experience, and exploration.
- ART EXHIBITS: We support the Parthenon by funding a curated series of relevant historical and artistic exhibits as well as lectures that encourage productive social discourse.
- DOCENTS AND VOLUNTEERS: The Parthenon visitor experience is significantly enhanced through interaction with our knowledgeable docents and greeters. Our volunteer program also provides support for Musicians Corner, Kidsville, and other events.
- ARCHITECTURE TOURS: Tours are led by our docents and cover the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
- SPEAKERS BUREAU: We send experts into our community to educate them about the history and importance of Parthenon and Centennial Park.
- CONVERSATIONS ON ART AND ARCHITECTURE: We present free educational offerings featuring informative and engaging discussions by experts on a variety of art and architecture topics.