At only 22, Taylor Swift is already making a gigantic impact in the world of philanthropy.
The singer/actress announced yesterday that she's giving $4M to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the creation of a new music education center. The six-time Grammy winner's gift is the second-largest ever to the museum and the largest ever by a musician.
"In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now," museum director Kyle Young told the Associated Press
. "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 new "Taylor Swift Education Center" will become part of an overall $75M expansion by the museum that increase the current space by more than 200,000 square feet. Swift's area will contain its own exterior entrance and cover 7,500 square feet over two stories. It will include three classrooms, exhibit space, and "interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a 'wet' classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects."
"For Taylor to want to engage herself in the life of this place in such an appropriate way," Young added, "every way you slice it and dice it, it's great."