The new education center will increase the museum’s educational capacity up to seven-fold and will include three classrooms and a children’s exhibition gallery. On the third floor, two traditional classrooms and one “wet” classroom space will be used by museum educators for current educational offerings, including the museum’s flagship program, Words & Music; distance learning programs; and family programs such as the Musical Petting Zoo. The “wet classroom” will feature a utility floor, lending itself to the museum’s Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print family program and similar (messy) offerings. The additional classroom spaces will also allow the museum to develop new educational activities, potentially including after-school programs, teen-centric programs, multi-week workshops for youths, adults and senior citizens, and more. Additionally, the classroom spaces will be adjacent to a visible storage area and design studio; this space will feature thematic displays of artifacts, e.g. dozens of banjos, and allow students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits.
Swift's donation, says the release, is "the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history," and the Taylor Swift Education Center is scheduled to open in 2014. Anyway, this is all clearly part of Swift's selfish ploy to climb her way back to the top of the National League of Junior Cotillions' "Best Mannered People" list. No. 5? Not for long. Your move, Kate Middleton.