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Could the next Madonna or Springsteen lurk in Cleveland's schools? The Rock Hall wants to know.

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At today's Rock Your World All-City Arts Festival, don't be surprised if some of the Cleveland schoolkids onstage someday have their own place of honor in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "It's an important day to come out and support the city's youth as they perform and aspire to achieve greatness in the future," says Ruthie Brown, the Hall's community programs director. "This encourages the community to believe in Cleveland's youth."The creativity spills over from the Hall's glass-framed lobby to its outdoor plaza, where dozens of high-school marching bands, dance troupes, and concert choirs will perform songs by Rock Hall inductees. Young actors will also stage the musical Dreamgirls. "Countless research reports point to the powerful connection between arts education and academic success. The students who will perform are future scientists, doctors, lawyers. And many will be master painters, actors, and our future music producers and musicians," says Brown. "We're very proud to support them in their most formative years." The fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Rock Hall, 1 Key Plaza. Admission is free. Call 216-781-7625 or visit www.rockhall.com.
Sat., May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2008

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