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There are a variety of giving opportunities at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film: Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Named Gifts and Memorials. These opportunities are described in detail below. To make an online donation by credit card, please use the online donation form. Or, to make a donation by check, print a copy of the form and mail it to the address listed above the form.

For more information on any type of giving, please contact:

Autumn Parrott
Vice President for Advancement and Board Relations
Phone: 615-277-7401
Fax: 615-383-4849
Email: aparrott@watkins.edu


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has been designated as a major cultural institution by local and state arts agencies and receives funding from the the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC)the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


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Support the arts through a purchase of one of three Tennessee specialty license plates, offered through the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Click for more info.

Annual Fund

The impact of the Annual Fund is felt in every area of the College, with these gifts supporting annual operations. The dollars raised provide for a variety of needs including classroom equipment, studio equipment, faculty and student community outreach initiatives, library acquisitions and exhibitions.

Annual Fund Giving Levels & Benefits:

Friend ($100–$249)
Benefactor ($250–$499)
Patron ($500–$999)
Samuel Watkins Society ($1,000–$2,499)
President’s Circle ($2,500–$4,999)
Trustees’ Circle ($5,000–$9,999)
Commissioners’ Society ($10,000 and above)

The Annual Fund drive ends each June 30; however, gifts and pledges are received year-round.

Major Gifts

Capital Campaign Gifts, Named Gifts and Memorials

Major Gifts secure the future of the College by providing funds to build buildings, create new spaces, establish programs, provide scholarships, and allow the planning and completion of a variety of other long-term activities. Major Gifts – unrestricted or donor designated, named or anonymous – will shape the future of the College for centuries to come.

Planned Giving

You may include the College in your will for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or a remainder gift after bequests to other interests have been paid. This may be done by simply adding a codicil to your existing will. A bequest provides an estate tax deduction for the donor. The staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Watkins can assist you in documenting your intention to strengthen Watkins College of Art, Design & Film with a gift from your estate.

Life Insurance
This option allows you to make a substantial gift to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. When you make Watkins the owner and beneficiary of a new policy, your premium payments are fully deductible, and the policy’s value is not part of your taxable estate. With an existing policy, you are entitled to an immediate income tax benefit. Or, you can name Watkins as the policy beneficiary for a federal estate deduction for the entire amount at your death.

Charitable Trust
A variety of Charitable Trusts allow income-tax deductions and add to your current income for yourself and/or a beneficiary, while also giving you the satisfaction of making a substantial gift to Watkins. Trust may provide fixed payouts, or variable annual payments to the donor. A trust may be funded with cash, appreciated securities, or real estate.

Real Estate Gifts with Retained Life Interest
With a gift of property, you can continue to live at a personal residence and avoid future capital-gain tax on the property’s appreciation when you make the property a gift to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Gifts Of Securities

These gifts offer the same benefits as an outright gift of cash, but can offer added tax benefits to the donor. For information on transferring gifts of securities, please contact one of the Office of Institutional Advancement officers listed below.

Please join Commissioners Susan Basham,
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. and Walter Knestrick
on Saturday, April 23

Cocktails • Dinner • ARTworks and eARThworks
Art Walk on the Watkins campus

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will host the school’s annual fundraising event, The pARTy: A Scene in Green, on Saturday, April 23, with the 2016 edition returning to the Watkins campus.

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The pARTy, which celebrates the creative in Watkins students and the Nashville community, includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and dinner from The Chef and I. The Karlton Taylor Quartet will provide music for The pARTY, thanks to sponsorship by Arts at the Airport. The evening will also feature a “gallery tour” of art from the Watkins collection and student work for sale.

This year’s Scene in Green theme reflects efforts to support a campus greening initiative (the first phase in a long-range plan for campus enhancement), in addition to benefiting the school’s education and outreach programs.

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(You can email scanned reply card to mfansher@watkins.edu or fax page to 615-383-4849.)

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, with a special alumni rate of $125 per person ($250 per couple).

See our “wish list” donation levels at Watkins.edu/green-list 

To learn more or request an invitation, contact Maggie Fansher, 615.277.7402.

Now in its 131st year of service and inspiration to the community, Watkins is a regionally and nationally accredited college of the visual arts, granting BFA degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, interior design and photography, a BA in art, and an MFA in Film Production. Through their mission of preparing young artists, designers and filmmakers realize their creative potential, Watkins offers the community programming, continuing education and other opportunities that enrich Nashville’s dynamic cultural life.

Support and sponsorship from the following are the “Life of the pARTy”:

  • Gold Program pARTner: SunTrust Foundation
  • Silver sponsors: AmSurgHCA/TriStar Health and Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver
  • Bronze sponsors: Concord Building GroupKPMG LLC, McCarthy Jones & Woodard LLCNeal & Harwell, PLCPiedmont Natural Gas
  • Pewter sponsor: Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services.
  • Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company are providing wine, spirits and beer
  • Arts at the Airport (through Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority) are underwriting musical performers

Special thanks to Graphic Design alumnus Michael Korfhage for creating the invitations, signage and other event materials.

Watkins’ 13-acre lakeside campus is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks in Metro Center.

Tickets to The pARTy are $250 per person, with a special rate for Watkins alumni of $125/$250 per couple. To learn more or request an invitation,  contact Maggie Fansher at 615.277.7402.

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Support and sponsorship from these businesses and individuals are truly the “Life of the pARTy!”

Gold Program pARTner:

SunTrust Foundation

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Silver sponsors:

AmSurg • HCA/TriStar Health • Nashville Carpet Center/Hunt Oliver

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Bronze sponsors:

Concord Building Group • KPMG LLC • McCarthy, Jones & Woodward LLC • Neal & Harwell, PLC • Piedmont Natural Gas

Pewter sponsor:

Beth Scott Clayton Amos, LUTCF, CLTC, Insurance & Financial Services

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Wine, spirits and beer courtesy of Lipman Brothers, LLC and R.S. Lipman Company

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