Outreach Programs

Welcome to Cheekwood! We’re so glad you’re going to visit and want to share a little bit about what you’ll see during your time here.


We hope that you’ll come to Cheekwood soon to see the beautiful gardens, inspiring art, and interesting history. If you have any questions about your visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at education@cheekwood.org. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Destination Cheekwood

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Destination Cheekwood is a weekend outreach program that brings Middle Tennessee public school students (K-5) and their families who are facing economic hardship to Cheekwood for a day of art, garden, and historical experiences and activities. Transportation, admission, programs, and more are completely free, giving families the opportunity to enjoy the best of Cheekwood’s seasonal festivals. Destination Cheekwood partners with Middle Tennessee public schools based on students’ financial need, representation of underserved communities, and potential for Cheekwood’s programming to complement school curriculum. Public schools in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties are invited to apply, with priority given to Title I schools and schools with a high percentage of low-income or English language-learner students. For questions or more information, please contact Kaitlyn McGrath at kmcgrath@cheekwood.org or at 615-353-6973.

Apply for Destination Cheekwood


Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly-scarecrows created by our Nashville community will invade our gardens again this fall. Get in on the fun of Cheekwood Harvest by assembling a group in your school, workplace, church, or neighborhood and designing your own custom scarecrow.

Get more details on how to participate

Black Arts Bash Student Exhibition

We are looking for work made by rising 10th to 12th grade students in the Greater Nashville Area who identify as Black or Mix-race. Young artists may submit their work regardless of topic.
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Education & Outreach Programs are sponsored by

M. Stratton Foster Charitable Foundation

Cheekwood Grows is presented by

Destination Cheekwood is supported by

Cheekwood on the Road is sponsored by

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards are presented by

Standing Tall at Cheekwood Field Trips are made possible by

Trees for Tomorrow are made possible by

Funds raised during Fall for Cheekwood support Cheekwood’s FREE education initiatives, providing access and programs to school children and families from Middle Tennessee and beyond.

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