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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville holds a great deal of significance for Taylor Swift. As a young teenager in 2005, Taylor signed her first record deal there before going on to global fame.
So today (Oct. 12) at a special ceremony, Taylor cut the ribbon to open the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Hall of Fame. The museum's new wing was made possible by Taylor's donation of $4 million, the largest individual artist gift in the museum's history.
Taylor, speaking with museum director Kyle Young, credited music education and being exposed to all kinds of music as a child as an instrumental part of her artistic development. He praised her generosity, and thanked her for donating artifacts to the collection over time.
"Artifacts!" she said, breaking into laughter. "That was great. Go on!"
Taylor went on to describe meeting Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris and how important those moments were for her. And even further back, writing and completing her first song, she said, "I felt like I fit in somewhere."
The new Education Center boasts three classrooms, an art space and an interactive exhibit gallery (to be opened in 2014.) Programming will include a musical petting zoo, dance, guitar/mandolin/banjo workshops, songwriting workshops and much more.
Taylor also made a donation of another "artifact" to the museum: a gorgeous 12-string Taylor acoustic guitar that she bought early in her career.