Taylor Swift is giving back to her Nashville community in a major way this weekend. The superstar's recent $4 million contribution to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been put to good use and given birth to the Taylor Swift Education Center which officially opens to the public Saturday (Oct. 12).
The whopping new space in downtown Nashville will encompass more than 7,500 square feet of space on parts of two floors and will include three classrooms, a learning lab and an interactive children's gallery.
And, yes, I may be closer to 30 than 13, but I will be checking out this new attraction known as the petting zoo. No, it will not include llamas or baby goats, but it will allow visitors to road-test a host of different musical instruments and channel our inner Swifty. Sign me up!
For years, Swift has been a generous supporter of the museum, performing for several of the institution's All for the Hall fundraisers. Of course, she has also allowed the museum to display many of her stage costumes, instruments and other memorabilia.
Hats off to Swift for having the heart and generosity to make such a fabulous contribution to enrich the lives -- and the country music experience -- of fans visiting the museum. Her pledge of $4 million to start the Taylor Swift Education Center remains the single largest donation by an artist in the museum's 46-year history.
For Swift, though, it's not about the money. It's all about the moment and the memories fans will carry with them forever.