Cheekwood
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1200 Forrest Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37205
Organization Details

Programs

Budget
$901,000.00
Description
Cheekwood is the region's premier repository for fine art in a historic setting and a top destination for outdoor, contemporary sculpture. Its permanent collections feature photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, sculptures by William Edmondson, and works by Red Grooms, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and other major American artists. Cheekwood's Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, renovated for enhanced accessibility, includes outdoor, sculptures by Siah Armajani, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and more.

In spring 2021, works from Cheekwood's collection of American paintings, sculpture and decorative art will be on view in seven dedicated Permanent Collection Galleries. Cheekwood will host exhibitions of established and emerging artists, including the annual Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870-1940, Sean Kenney's Nature POP! Made with LEGO® Bricks, and The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework.

Program Successes
Among Cheekwood's recent art initiative accomplishments is the acquisition of new, significant works into its permanent collections. The painting Juliette (The Green Dress), c. 1897, by John White Alexander (1856-1915) was accessioned into The Cheekwood Collection in 2019 and is on view for the first time this spring. The 2021 addition of Pars pro Toto, c. 2018, by Alicja Kwade's (1979-) to The Carell Trail will add to Cheekwood's already notable permanent collection of outdoor contemporary sculpture and is the first new work to be added since 1999.

Cheekwood's exhibitions have received enthusiastic support from the local community. Chihuly at Cheekwood (July 18, 2020 - January 10, 2020) featured large-scale installations in the gardens of the historic estate and additional works in the art galleries. The exhibition was voted the Nashville Scene's Best Art Happening in 2020, and attendance generated by the exhibition helped sustain Cheekwood through COVID-19 pandemic challenges.

Beneficiaries
Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
General Public/Unspecified
Long-term Success
Cheekwood's exhibitions seek to inspire cultural and artistic engagement for visitors from Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. Long-term success for exhibitions is guided by Cheekwood's five-year Strategic Plan, for which the achievement of "excellence and national acclaim for Cheekwood's art collections, exhibitions, installations, and Sculpture Trail" is a pillar. Arts programming will be advanced with the objective to increase the artistic enrichment of the community.
Short-term Success
Short-term success is measured by exhibition visitation, on-site and on-line/social media engagement, written and verbal assessments from program participants, and results of post-visit surveys.
Program Success Monitored By
Quantitative measures include general and exhibition aligned attendance. Peer and professional commendations speak to artistic quality and highlight success in partnerships and community engagement initiatives. Qualitative measures include feedback collected through audience surveys, interdepartmental staff meetings and Board committees.
Program Successes
Among Cheekwood's recent art initiative accomplishments is the acquisition of new, significant works into its permanent collections. The painting Juliette (The Green Dress), c. 1897, by John White Alexander (1856-1915) was accessioned into The Cheekwood Collection in 2019 and is on view for the first time this spring. The 2021 addition of Pars pro Toto, c. 2018, by Alicja Kwade's (1979-) to The Carell Trail will add to Cheekwood's already notable permanent collection of outdoor contemporary sculpture and is the first new work to be added since 1999.

Cheekwood's exhibitions have received enthusiastic support from the local community. Chihuly at Cheekwood (July 18, 2020 - January 10, 2020) featured large-scale installations in the gardens of the historic estate and additional works in the art galleries. The exhibition was voted the Nashville Scene's Best Art Happening in 2020, and attendance generated by the exhibition helped sustain Cheekwood through COVID-19 pandemic challenges.

Program Areas Served
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, International
Budget
$140,000.00
Description
Public and family programs help Cheekwood's visitors create, learn, and discover. Camps, pre-K activities, and multi-generational learning experiences enhance exhibitions and seasonal festivals. Programs include cultural festivals, music performances, discussions with visiting artists, and workshops. El Día de los Muertos, the annual Day of the Dead cultural celebration, features community art projects, live performances, and more. Japanese Moon Viewing features kamishibai storytelling, tea ceremonies, and bilingual tours of the Blevins Japanese Garden. Summer Camps offer interactive, in-depth classes on art and nature. " Tots!" art and garden activities and story-time for pre-K ages are offered in the Bracken Foundation Children's Garden. Daily guided tours of Cheekwood's museum and gardens are offered to visitors of all ages.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, programs have been adjusted to meet safety requirements when possible, and in some cases, moved to a virtual environment.
Program Successes
In 2020, Cheekwood offered the following programs amidst COVID-19 pandemic restrictions:

Virtual El Día de Los Muertos - 7,800 individuals visited Cheekwood's website for activity templates, virtual marketplace, videos, and festival images from previous years.

Virtual Japanese Moon Viewing - 2,100 individuals visited Cheekwood's website for videos of a traditional tea ceremony and kamishibai (storytelling), activity templates, and more. Over 100 individuals participated in a haiku contest.

Virtual Tots! - Weekly art activities and book recommendations were published to Cheekwood's website and featured on social media, where viewers were invited to share their children's work

Wellness Classes - Cheekwood offered 62 outdoor wellness classes (yoga, meditation, forest bathing) with 890 participants

Summer Camp - 168 students took part in 4 weeks of summer camps, learning about art and science through in-depth classes.

Category
Arts, Culture & Humanities  -  
Beneficiaries
Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Long-term Success
Programmatic excellence is essential to the mission of Cheekwood. Each public program has been designed with a shared vision of long-term success: to inspire creativity, inspiration, and cultural engagement with Cheekwood's horticulture, history, and art collection.
Short-term Success
The short-term success of Cheekwood's public and family programs is measured by the number of guests served, program attendance, and written and verbal evaluations provided by participants and programmatic partners.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of public and family programs is monitored through quantitative measures, including general admission across seasons, attendance for programming from year to year, attendance at individual program activities, summer camp/workshop admission, and the creation of new collaborative programs. Qualitative measures include internal evaluations, outside press, community advisory committee feedback, and visitor surveys.
Program Successes
In 2020, Cheekwood offered the following programs amidst COVID-19 pandemic restrictions:

Virtual El Día de Los Muertos - 7,800 individuals visited Cheekwood's website for activity templates, virtual marketplace, videos, and festival images from previous years.

Virtual Japanese Moon Viewing - 2,100 individuals visited Cheekwood's website for videos of a traditional tea ceremony and kamishibai (storytelling), activity templates, and more. Over 100 individuals participated in a haiku contest.

Virtual Tots! - Weekly art activities and book recommendations were published to Cheekwood's website and featured on social media, where viewers were invited to share their children's work

Wellness Classes - Cheekwood offered 62 outdoor wellness classes (yoga, meditation, forest bathing) with 890 participants

Summer Camp - 168 students took part in 4 weeks of summer camps, learning about art and science through in-depth classes.

Program Areas Served
Nashville, Middle Tennessee
Budget
$420,000.00
Description
School & Outreach Programs underscore Cheekwood's role as a catalyst for learning in Tennessee and its ambition to serve individuals throughout our community despite socio-economic level. Programs include:

School Tours aligned with TN core curriculum standards (free for all school groups from AL, KY, and TN)

Destination Cheekwood brings families from Title I schools and partner organizations to Cheekwood on weekends with transportation, admission, programming, translation, and meals provided

Professional Development Workshops for local teachers

Art Outreach sends professional artists to rural and Title I schools for a half-day of immersive, hands-on art activities

Home School Day shares enriching art and horticulture with homeschool students, families, and teachers

Cheekwood's Career Readiness Initiative offers paid internships to Opportunity NOW high school students and Tennessee State University LMI students
Program Successes
In 2020, school tours and professional development workshops were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address access, Cheekwood partnered with PENCIL to distribute free family admission passes to 3,000 families with children enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools Pre-K programs.

Destination Cheekwood, which launched in 2018 in partnership with MNPS to offer free field trips to entire families from Title I schools, was amended to address safety during the pandemic. Cheekwood partnered with six organizations: Oasis Center, Harvest Hands, Nurture the Next, Nashville After Zone Alliance, The Family Center, and St. Luke's Community House. Transportation (typically by bus) was offered via Lyft or reimbursed through gas cards; each family was provided a backpack with orientation materials, snacks, bottled water, and hand sanitizer. Cheekwood welcomed 282 individuals in 2020; 73 families took advantage of complimentary membership for free return visits.

Beneficiaries
At-Risk Populations
K-12 (5-19 years)
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Long-term Success
Cheekwood strives to create engaging and accessible programs for individuals varying in age, socio-economic status, race, religion, and gender. Long-term success in fulfilling this mission includes success in instilling artistic confidence, helping public schools fulfill STEAM related initiatives, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all constituents, increasing the number of visitors attending free of charge each year, and promoting access to cultural resources.
Short-term Success
Short-term success is measured by participation numbers and written/verbal evaluations from partner organizations, schools, and instructors.
Program Success Monitored By
Qualitative measures include evaluations, assessments by community advisory committees, and participant surveys. Quantitative success is measured by attendance numbers, community partnerships and free pass redemption.
Program Successes
In 2020, school tours and professional development workshops were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address access, Cheekwood partnered with PENCIL to distribute free family admission passes to 3,000 families with children enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools Pre-K programs.

Destination Cheekwood, which launched in 2018 in partnership with MNPS to offer free field trips to entire families from Title I schools, was amended to address safety during the pandemic. Cheekwood partnered with six organizations: Oasis Center, Harvest Hands, Nurture the Next, Nashville After Zone Alliance, The Family Center, and St. Luke's Community House. Transportation (typically by bus) was offered via Lyft or reimbursed through gas cards; each family was provided a backpack with orientation materials, snacks, bottled water, and hand sanitizer. Cheekwood welcomed 282 individuals in 2020; 73 families took advantage of complimentary membership for free return visits.

Program Areas Served
Nashville, Middle Tennessee
Budget
$1,835,000.00
Description
Cheekwood's 55-acre botanical garden and woodland have matured into an important natural landscape and horticultural resource. In 2020, Cheekwood was awarded national accreditation as a Level 2 Arboretum by The Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation program. Also recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Cheekwood is home to a nationally accredited dogwood collection, 10 acres of woodland, 13 display gardens, 150,000 spring bulbs, and 25,000 annuals grown in onsite production greenhouses.

Cheekwood's seasonal festivals are community favorites and family traditions. Cheekwood in Bloom showcases vibrant color throughout the gardens, with over 150,000 blooms. Summertime at Cheekwood includes evening programs and Summer Camp. Cheekwood Harvest features pumpkin houses, chrysanthemums, and fall favorites. Holiday LIGHTS presents over 1 million lights displayed throughout the grounds.

Program Successes
In 2020, due to the depth, breadth, and high level of care of its tree collection, Cheekwood was awarded National Accreditation as a Level 2 Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program for achieving standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanical gardens.

In 2020, approximately 335,000 guests passed through Cheekwood's gates experiencing the beautiful botanical gardens. While Cheekwood was closed for ten weeks during the spring, virtual walkthroughs of the gardens, live and pre-recorded gardener Q&As with submitted audience questions were posted on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Uplifting imagery and quotes were shared via email and social media, resulting in many comments from viewers expressing their appreciation for the pleasing and inspiring images during such a challenging time.

Beneficiaries
Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
General Public/Unspecified
Long-term Success
Garden programming reflects Cheekwood's mission to stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit through art and horticulture. Long-term success is guided by Cheekwood's five-year Strategic Plan, which aspires to inspire all to enjoy, appreciate and incorporate nature and horticulture into their lives.
Short-term Success
Short-term success is measured by garden programming and general attendance, social media engagement, as well as written and verbal evaluations from visitors.
Program Success Monitored By
Success is monitored through qualitative measures including analysis of annual program attendance, Cheekwood membership, and financial support, as well as qualitative measures including visitor surveys and staff evaluation.
Program Successes
In 2020, due to the depth, breadth, and high level of care of its tree collection, Cheekwood was awarded National Accreditation as a Level 2 Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program for achieving standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanical gardens.

In 2020, approximately 335,000 guests passed through Cheekwood's gates experiencing the beautiful botanical gardens. While Cheekwood was closed for ten weeks during the spring, virtual walkthroughs of the gardens, live and pre-recorded gardener Q&As with submitted audience questions were posted on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Uplifting imagery and quotes were shared via email and social media, resulting in many comments from viewers expressing their appreciation for the pleasing and inspiring images during such a challenging time.

Program Areas Served
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, International