Taylor Swift has maintained her position as a leading role model for young girls. The 22-year-old country artist donated $4 million dollars this week to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The donation will be used to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center where there will be three classrooms and more room for exhibits where education of her young fans can continue for generations to come.
Her education center is only one of the many changes going on at the CMHF during their $75 million dollar expansion to 350,000 square feet from their current 200,000 square feet. Her center will have its own entrance and occupy a two-level space. Planned projects for the center are an instrumental zoo where kids can play a number of different instruments and an area where they can paint and draw concert posters and advertisements. They also hope to create more outreach programs for youth, teens, and elderly like with the extra space. Other additions to the current layout are a new concert venue, extra room for more educational exhibits and a shared entrance with a new hotel going up in downtown Nashville.
According to the museum, Swift’s donation is the largest ever made by an artist and the second largest given by an individual. Kyle Young, the museum’s director says her donation will allow them to do what they do much better and reach a greater amount of people. He also reports that Swift is excited to remain involved in the center as an advisor. He can’t think of a single better person to help them stay in touch with young people.
Not only is Swift a major role model for the younger generations, she’s won six Grammy’s, been named entertainer of the year by both the CMA and the ACM and has become widely considered country’s music ambassador to the world after having performed in Europe, Australia, and Asia. She’s also country’s number one selling artist.
Swift has a rich history with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that started long before she made her generous donation. She signed her contract on the premises and held one of her first public concerts on the plaza of the building. She’s also volunteered her time for museum fundraisers. Her involvement, on any level, will only benefit the museum according to Young.
The Taylor Swift Education Center is set to open in 2014.
Accomplishing so much at such a young age makes a great role model out of Swift. If this inspires you to get to know more about her, consider checking into any of her songs that are offered as a free ringtone. Some of her popular hits include “You Belong with Me,” “Love Story,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and “Back to December.” Swift has also tried her hand at acting in films like Valentine’s Day and as a voice actor in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.