Taylor Swift gave back to the country music community this week with a big donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The superstar singer-songwriter donated $4 million to the Hall of Fame, to help fund the Taylor Swift Education Center. The Taylor Swift Education Center will be an exhibit and classroom opening in 2014. It’s the largest donation ever given by an artist for the Hall of Fame, and the second largest from an individual.
The Taylor Swift Education Center is part of the $75 million “Working on a Building” expansion the Hall of Fame is currently undergoing. The total expansion will increase the size of the museum from 200,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet over the next few years.
“In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now,” museum director Kyle Young said. “It will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs and I’m happy to say that as we talked through this 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.”
Taylor’s exhibit will have its own outdoor entrance, and will be approximately 7,500 square feet spread out over two stories. It will house activities like a musical petting zoo, and a classroom to make concert posters. It will give teens new workshops with the museum.