Taylor Swift opens educational center at Country Music Hall of Fame
Oct 12, 2013 05:06 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Taylor Swift opened the doors to her educational center at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The new center is the product of a four million dollar donation from the country superstar.
Swift's relationship with the Hall of Fame dates back to the very beginning of her career.
"This museum means so much to me, having signed my record deal here. That's a memory I am never going to forget," said Swift.
Signing her record deal as a young teen was an event she will forever cherish, but the people she met are just as memorable.
"Experiences like getting to meet Kris Kristofferson, getting to hang out with Emmylou Harris backstage; those things, I am never going to forget," Swift explained.
To express her gratitude, the young star donated the largest artist gift in the museum's history.
Inside the Education Center, there is a student art gallery and three classrooms.
After the ribbon was cut to the new center, kids were able to decorate their own costumes, microphones and even guitars.
Swift explained that hands-on music experiences are hard to get in school, and she was thankful her parents introduced her to a variety of music
"We'd be playing Shania Twain and we'd be playing Linda Ronstadt and then we'd be playing Patsy Cline and then we'd be playing Def Leppard. so those are a lot of different musical corners, which might explain a lot," said Swift.
Swift's educational center will also include an interactive gallery that is scheduled to open in March.
The completed center gives the museum seven times more space for new programs.