Cleveland’s Own: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Part II)

In this month’s segment of Cleveland’s Own, Matt Kaulig finishes up his chat with Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

At its core, Greg considers the Rock Hall an educational institution.

Every year, it hosts 50,000 school kids. 20,000 of those students participate in classroom programs, learning about their traditional school subjects through the prism of rock and roll.

They partner with more than 500 charities each year. With a special focus on Northeast Ohio, students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District receive free admission, and they even pay to bus them in.

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Read the Transcript

Narrator 

Each month, Kaulig Giving and Fox 8 will highlight people, organizations and charities making a difference in northeast Ohio. It's time to celebrate Cleveland's Own. Hi, I'm Matt Kaulig. This month on Cleveland's own we continue with part 2 of our two part series with Greg Harris from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This time I chat with Greg about the educational impact they're making for rockers of all ages.

Matt Kaulig

Greg, a lot of people might not know all the great things that you guys do here at the Rock Hall. Can you speak a little bit about what you guys do in terms of art and education?

Greg Harris

At our core, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an educational institution.

Matt Kaulig 

OK.

Greg Harris

So, visitors learn every day in our exhibits. They learn the history of American culture. They're reminded of their own history and connections. But broadly, we are a teaching institution. So, we bring in about 50,000 school kids a year, visit the museum in a normal year. 20,000 of those kids actually participate in our classroom programs, where they don't learn how to play instruments or write songs. They learn math, science, social studies, language and alliteration through the prism of rock and roll. By the way, every CMSD kid it's free and we pay for the buses to get them here, thanks to some of our donor support. We have another program that's called "Toddler Rock" and "Toddler Rock" is done with trained music therapist and kids from HeadStart programs all over Northeast Ohio. They're from some of our most challenging neighborhoods. They come to the museum twice a week, and to see these young kids, ages three to five in the museum learning is magical and they do it for 13 weeks. So, there's significant learning. We test them at the beginning, we test them after, and the outcomes are through the roof!

Matt Kaulig 

How much of your giving here at the Rock Hall is Northeast Ohio and how much of it is national?

Greg Harris 

Our focus for our outgoing partnerships is primarily Northeast Ohio. We partner with over 500 different charities a year. We are an educational institution, a nonprofit ourself. But whenever we can provide space, a mouthpiece, a connection, we want to be a good citizen in Northeast Ohio and feel we have an obligation to do that. This region has been very good to us.

Matt Kaulig 

So, Greg, what's new here at the museum?

Greg Harris 

We've got an amazing new exhibit that we opened just a few weeks ago celebrating the 2020 inductee class. We opened up another exhibit back in July that's called "It's Been Said All Along, Voices of Rage, Hope and Empowerment." And it's our look at rock and roll being a voice for social justice and rock and roll has had the greatest voice of change, from Billie Holiday to James Brown to Sam Cooke all the way up to Kendrick Lamar today. Now, all these exhibits also exist as digital exhibits so people can enjoy them at RockHall.Com . People should stay tuned and get out of their houses and come see the museum.

Matt Kaulig 

So you mentioned digital. Like you can view everything online?

Greg Harris 

Now, when we build an exhibit at the museum, we always make a digital companion so you can experience it from home. And by the way, just last week we dropped our first ever Rock and Roll Hall of Fame podcast. It's called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction vault. It's the greatest moments from the induction ceremonies of the last 35 years.

Matt Kaulig 

How can people get more involved here with the Rock Hall and support your community efforts right here in Cleveland?

Greg Harris 

To stay involved today? 1. Visit the museum, of course. But go to rockhall.com become members and support the museum. But even more so, your support allows us to fund these important programs at the museum, to make sure the museum always stays vibrant, is always important for this region and always growing. Again, this is a two way street. We want to do great things for this community and we need partners to help us do that.

Matt Kaulig 

To learn more about the Rock Hall's education programs, visit edu.rockhall.com AND to nominate a person or organization to be featured on an upcoming episode of Cleveland's Own visit kauliggiving.com/clevelandsown . Make it a great day!