The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park is a for-purpose 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its 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. 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. 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.
Through private donations and fundraisers, The Conservancy funds programs, services and initiatives for the Parthenon and Centennial Park spanning the areas of arts, culture, education, architecture, health and wellness, history, literature, science, mathematics, environment and more.
The Parthenon and our 132-acre Centennial Park have been essential parts of our city’s fabric for more than a century. As a support organization, The Conservancy is committed to strengthening, enhancing and restoring these two Nashville crown jewels for the next century and beyond, ensuring that they are a place for fun, a place for music, a place for art and a place to gather. We are privileged to be an organization that contributes in a meaningful way to the enrichment of our community.
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