Save Our Dragon

$29,731 of $200k goal

Raised by 376 people in 12 months
Michelle Fowler
for Hwen Corporation
 NASHVILLE, TN
Whether you grew up playing on it or bring friends and family to marvel at its majestic form, the mosaic dragon sculpture in Fannie Mae Dees Park serves as a beloved touchstone for generations of Nashvillians. We come here to play, run and imagine. We come here to gather, relax and restore.

Now Nashville’s dragon needs our help. Its beautiful tilework is sluffing off, and there are large cracks forming in its high arches. This is due to the extremes of weather and thermal forces over time.

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association in Nashville, Tenn., is launching a campaign to raise funds to restore the dragon. Our goal is to raise enough money for periodic maintenance as well, so this unique centerpiece to one of our city's great urban parks can continue to entertain and inspire future generations.

Our goal is to raise $200,000, and we need your help!

If you would like to help us Save Our Dragon, please donate today. No donation is too small (or too large). Also, follow us on Facebook to share memories, learn about upcoming events and get involved:

www.facebook.com/SaveOurDragon

ABOUT OUR DRAGON
Installed in 1980, Nashville's dragon is the result of an amazing community project led by the late New York artist Pedro Silva. Hundreds of volunteers, of all ages and from various walks of life, came together to create the tile vignettes that form our dragon’s colorful exterior. They weren’t experienced artists. They simply had the desire to take part in creating a unique piece of art that would serve as the backdrop for a children’s playground, and an adult’s oasis, in the heart of the city. Now let's come together again and Save Our Dragon.

ABOUT HILLSBORO-WEST END NEIGHBORS
The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1975 on the principles of community, preservation and engagement.  An early endeavor was fighting the construction of I-440 for 10 years until achieving placement below grade. The neighborhood got its start in 1910 when a new streetcar line out to Blair Blvd. sparked a wave of home building. Today, HWEN boasts the largest cohesive collection of early 20th century houses in all of Nashville. It also is home to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka: Dragon Park) and Nashville's iconic dragon sculpture. HWEN is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and much of it is protected by Conservation Zoning.
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Update 6
Posted by Michelle Fowler
18 days ago
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Earlier this spring, an anonymous donor said they would match up to $5,000 in gifts given by April 1. Thanks to your passion for Nashville's dragon, we are proud to say we met this goal – with plenty of time to spare! Still, we have plenty of fundraising to do in order to complete the restoration now underway. You can help by spreading the word on the #SaveOurDragon campaign and by donating on this GoFundMe page.
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Update 5
Posted by Michelle Fowler
6 months ago
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Yes, donations to 501(c)3 organizations are tax deductible.
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Update 4
Posted by Michelle Fowler
9 months ago
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Thank you to all of our wonderful community partners and supporters—with your help, we have raised approximately $50,000! This includes donations to GoFundMe, checks from community members and a significant donation from Vanderbilt University. Thank you again! You are helping us reach our goal to #SaveOurDragon
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Update 3
Posted by Michelle Fowler
11 months ago
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Let’s celebrate spring! Show off your community pride with the Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association at the ninth annual ‪#‎DragonMusicSunday‬ on May 15! Kickoff begins at 4 p.m. with an exciting announcement followed by live music featuring the Centennial JamBand and the Jimmy Church Band. All Dragon Music Sundays are made possible by our local sponsors. These are free and open to the public, so grab a friend and join us! ‪#‎DragonPride‬ ‪#‎SaveOurDragon‬
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Shawn Norton
12 months ago
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Do we have a designated repair plan and estimates for current repairs and future maintenance? Has anyone been chosen to do these repairs yet ? I'm interested to see who locally will be a good candidate for this.

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Andee Rudloff
11 months ago
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Local artists Sherri Warner Hunter could lead repairs with a group of volunteers much like it was done years ago. All the best!

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Sam Welch Sam Welch
6 months ago
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I have the men who want to help with the tile for free please call me 615-775-4551

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Tom Cash
11 months ago
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From SaveOurDragon Chair Jan Bushing: Many mosaic artists have given their time and expertise to examine the problems. It was determined that the problems were more than those seen on the mosaic surface. Hence, the restoration should be in two phases: Remedy the internal structural problems. Restore the mosaic art where possible and replace bare areas with new mosaics. Nashville's own Ross Bryan Associates, a premier structural engineering consulting firm, are analyzing the root causes for the major cracking and concrete deterioration. The Dragon is unique and they are developing a process to solve the structural problems without harming the mosaic art. Tony Silva, son of the Dragon's creator, Pedro Silva, has agreed to come to Nashville to restore the mosaics with the help of community volunteers when the structural problems are resolved. Tony assisted his father in the restoration of his father's mosaic art surrounding Grant's Tomb in New York.

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Becky Taylor
2 months ago

What about a fund raising event where school kids can bring pennies , have a cute slogan . Start with the neighborhood schools and then branch out. I would volunteer to help with that type project.

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Candice LeMaster Cutlip
2 months ago

The siblings of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital are beneficiaries of this park! While they stay at Ronald McDonald House as their brother or sister gets cancer treatment, or a new heart, parents need a place to get away with the unaffected sibling. To feel normal... to feel free and refreshed outside of the sterile environment at Vanderbilt Children's. This is their getaway! Please help save the park!

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James Todd
6 months ago

Since these are gifts to a 501(c)3 organization, are they tax deductible?

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Michelle Fowler
9 months ago

From SaveOurDragon Chair Jan Bushing in response to Chris Maynard's question below: There was only $25,000 budgeted for all of Fannie Mae Dees Park for the fiscal year. This funding is insufficient to cover repairs needed for the Dragon. We are hoping additional funds can be placed in the budget, but that is not a certainty. The repairs need to be started before we have another winter with rain, snow and freezing temperatures. If not, the problems will be even greater.

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Chris Maynard
9 months ago

out of curiosity, why is this not something the parks department is looking after? i feel like there should probably be funding for this sort of thing without needing a gofundme account

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Matt Kenigson
11 months ago

Part of the wonder for me and many of my classmates is that we took part in adding mosaic tiles to the dragon when we were at Eakin. I hope the restoration effort will allow for this type of inclusive activity for another generation of children and those of us who are still young at heart.

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Paige Isaacs
11 months ago

Hi I'm a sculpture conservator originally from Nashville, but currently in NYC. I'd love to have a reason to move home and use my expertise to assist with this magical place from my childhood.

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$29,731 of $200k goal

Raised by 376 people in 12 months
Created April 10, 2016
Michelle Fowler  
Funds raised will benefit:
Hwen Corporation
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Nashville, TN
EIN: 271451215
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Shawn Norton
12 months ago
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Do we have a designated repair plan and estimates for current repairs and future maintenance? Has anyone been chosen to do these repairs yet ? I'm interested to see who locally will be a good candidate for this.

+ Read More
Andee Rudloff
11 months ago
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Local artists Sherri Warner Hunter could lead repairs with a group of volunteers much like it was done years ago. All the best!

+ Read More
Sam Welch Sam Welch
6 months ago
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I have the men who want to help with the tile for free please call me 615-775-4551

+ Read More
Tom Cash
11 months ago
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From SaveOurDragon Chair Jan Bushing: Many mosaic artists have given their time and expertise to examine the problems. It was determined that the problems were more than those seen on the mosaic surface. Hence, the restoration should be in two phases: Remedy the internal structural problems. Restore the mosaic art where possible and replace bare areas with new mosaics. Nashville's own Ross Bryan Associates, a premier structural engineering consulting firm, are analyzing the root causes for the major cracking and concrete deterioration. The Dragon is unique and they are developing a process to solve the structural problems without harming the mosaic art. Tony Silva, son of the Dragon's creator, Pedro Silva, has agreed to come to Nashville to restore the mosaics with the help of community volunteers when the structural problems are resolved. Tony assisted his father in the restoration of his father's mosaic art surrounding Grant's Tomb in New York.

+ Read More
Becky Taylor
2 months ago

What about a fund raising event where school kids can bring pennies , have a cute slogan . Start with the neighborhood schools and then branch out. I would volunteer to help with that type project.

+ Read More
Candice LeMaster Cutlip
2 months ago

The siblings of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital are beneficiaries of this park! While they stay at Ronald McDonald House as their brother or sister gets cancer treatment, or a new heart, parents need a place to get away with the unaffected sibling. To feel normal... to feel free and refreshed outside of the sterile environment at Vanderbilt Children's. This is their getaway! Please help save the park!

+ Read More
James Todd
6 months ago

Since these are gifts to a 501(c)3 organization, are they tax deductible?

+ Read More
Michelle Fowler
9 months ago

From SaveOurDragon Chair Jan Bushing in response to Chris Maynard's question below: There was only $25,000 budgeted for all of Fannie Mae Dees Park for the fiscal year. This funding is insufficient to cover repairs needed for the Dragon. We are hoping additional funds can be placed in the budget, but that is not a certainty. The repairs need to be started before we have another winter with rain, snow and freezing temperatures. If not, the problems will be even greater.

+ Read More
Chris Maynard
9 months ago

out of curiosity, why is this not something the parks department is looking after? i feel like there should probably be funding for this sort of thing without needing a gofundme account

+ Read More
Matt Kenigson
11 months ago

Part of the wonder for me and many of my classmates is that we took part in adding mosaic tiles to the dragon when we were at Eakin. I hope the restoration effort will allow for this type of inclusive activity for another generation of children and those of us who are still young at heart.

+ Read More
Paige Isaacs
11 months ago

Hi I'm a sculpture conservator originally from Nashville, but currently in NYC. I'd love to have a reason to move home and use my expertise to assist with this magical place from my childhood.

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