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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: [email protected]


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 four 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.

Glimpse 2017


Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mayor Megan Barry
Dr. Callie Khouri

Brooke Porter Hawkins
Mollie Reed
Molly Shasteen
DeeDee Wade

Host Committee:
Louise and Will Alexander
Lauren and Dave Carlson
Alice Broughton Cox
Will Hawkins
Jaime Heller and Matt Kocourek
Laurin Howell
Blaire and Davis Murfree
Jeff Reed
Samantha Saturn
Collins Smith and Matt Reasor

A tradition each spring, Watkins’s annual fundraising event (formerly known as “The pARTy”) is being reimagined this year to focus on what Watkins does best: introduce art lovers and the art-curious to up-and-coming talents whose work you would be wise to know about and collect now. This “glimpse” into the emerging masters at Watkins is a one-night-only affair, and you never know whom you might discover with the curated works.

Guests will also be able to glimpse the silo studios, hear Third Man Records spinning vinyl, enjoy creative small plates and cocktails — including the specialty drink, “The Silo” — and more. Glimpse 2017 will take place on April 29th at 6:00 p.m.


RSVP card can be scanned and emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 615.383.4849.

Tickets to Glimpse 2017 are $150 per person with a special alumni rate of $50 per person. To learn more, email [email protected], or call 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.

We thank our sponsors and partners including:

Gold Program Partner
SunTrust Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors
Concord Building Group LLC
Horatio B. & Willie J. Buntin Foundation
McCarthy Jones & Woodard LLC
Neal and Harwell, PLC
Arts at the Airport
Piedmont Natural Gas

Pewter Sponsor
Beth Scott Clayton Amos
Edge Planning, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Cumberland Trust

Wine, Beer & Spirits
Lipman Brothers

Media Sponsor
Now Playing Nashville

Thank you to our event planner Maple Ridge Events.

Special thank you to current Graphic Design student, Drew Nguyen, for creating the invitations and printed materials.

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

Dress is lakeside festive.

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Concord Building Group McCarthy Jones & Woodward LLC NealHarwell Arts at the Airport Piedmont Natural Gas Beth Scott Clayton AmosEdgeCumberland Trust
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