Taylor Swift has made a $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame to make sure that children continue to stay educated about country music.
This donation is the largest that any artist has ever given to the museum and is the second largest from an individual. It will fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, an exhibit and classroom space scheduled to open in 2014. Museum director Kyle Young said:
“In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now. It will allow us to do what we do better, serve new people, develop new programs and I’m happy to say that as we talked through this new opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do. Is there a better person out there who’s in touch with a young audience? I think not. I was joking, we should be paying her to do that. I was only joking.”
The new education center is a part of the museum’s $75 million “Working on a New Building” expansion project that will increase the space from 200,000 sq ft to 350,000. When the expansion is complete there will be a new concert theater, more room for exhibits and archives, and a shared entrance with a new hotel.
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Swift’s education center will have its own exterior entrance and is 7,500 sq ft plus spread over two stories. It will include three classrooms and exhibit space. The new space will house interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a “wet” classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects.
Swift has a long history with the museum. One of her first public performances was on the building’s plaza and she also signed her record contract there!
Written by Michelle Wincott