So what were you doing when you were 22 years old? If you’re Taylor Swift, you’re donating a very large sum of money to help kids enjoy country music. It was announced today that Taylor, all on her own, is donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for an exhibit and classroom space which will be called The Taylor Swift Education Center.
The donation is the largest in museum history by an artist and the second largest from a single person— single as in one individual, not single as in ha ha you’re single.
“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.”
The Taylor Swift expansion will be part of a much larger $75 million expansion at the HOF which will increase its size by 200,000 square feet. According to The Washington Post,The Taylor Swift Education Center will be 7,500+ square feet and will feature two stories, three classrooms, and an exhibit space. The space will be geared toward kids and will have interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a space where kids (and their parents, because you know parents will love this too) can make concert posters and other art projects that may get messy.
Besides being for kids, Taylor’s expansion will allow the HOF to engage more teens and seniors with projects and workshops geared towards them.
Wow! I’m impressed. This is truly a great way to keep on being included in the Forbes lists, that’s for sure.
The Taylor Swift Education Center is expected to open in 2014.