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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Launches Charity Sneaker Auction with Local Artist Van Taylor Monroe

Bid now on two pairs of custom painted sneakers and a custom painted basketball at

Proceeds benefit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s education programs and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

It’s no surprise that sneakers are a focal point of the NBA All-Star Weekend. As Cleveland hosts the event, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is teaming up with local artist Van Taylor Monroe for a sneaker auction benefiting its education programs and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

The East Cleveland native’s shoes have been in demand everywhere, from The Smithsonian to celebrities like Spike Lee. Now, two pairs of custom-designed sneakers and a custom-painted basketball are available to bid on at The auction went live today and runs through Thursday, February 24th.

“Music and sneakers are artistic forms of expression that bring together two cultures that have a lot in common,” said Van Taylor Monroe. “I’m proud to be a part of this collaboration that provides a fantastic opportunity to support my community and the impactful work the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning do.”

Each pair of painted leather acrylic sneakers are designed to evoke the spirit of rock & roll. The first pair, “Elements,” explores the blended dynamics of hip hop, basketball, and fashion through symbolic imagery representative of each culture. The second pair, “Cleveland: The Album,” imagines Cleveland as a visual album with a tracklist of historical moments and monuments. Fans can also bid on a “Home Court” themed basketball that pictures the world as a basketball court with everyone as the home team.

Sneakers and music have a longstanding relationship dating back to 1986 when Run-DMC rocked Adidas kicks to the many Air Jordans that danced their way through hip hop videos and stages. Today’s collaborations with musicians are some of the most hyped and coveted fashion items.

In addition to the sneaker auction, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened a new exhibit today, Baseline to Bassline: 75 Years of Music and the NBA, sponsored by Mountain Dew. Fans can explore the crossover between music and basketball and learn more about athlete and musician swagger while getting up close with Air Jordans worn by Chuck D and a pair worn by Kelis in her “Milkshake” video.

The sneaker auction supports the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s education programs and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s award-winning education programs impact millions of youth worldwide. Its free online education platform, Rock Hall EDU, has reached more than one million youth with new content weekly. In the past two years, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning delivered close to 12,000 programs reaching more than 180,000 students in grades PreK-12 across Northeast Ohio.

About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  

Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll. We share stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, and engaging programs. At the Rock Hall, we are dedicated to making a difference. We intentionally foster a diverse and equitable Museum that encourages and embraces creativity and innovation. As community leader, we value, empower, and respect all people. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is more than just a policy. It supports our mission and defines our future. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit or follow the Rock Hall on Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter (@rockhall), Instagram (@rockhall) and YouTube ( Long Live Rock!  

About the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Currently in its 69th year with the mission to ignite student learning, creativity, and success through the arts, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, an affiliate of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network, uses the arts as an imaginative and engaging vehicle for promoting a deeper understanding of academic subjects, advancing social-emotional learning, and building students’ 21st century skillsets. Offering thousands of customizable programs across disciplines including visual arts, digital arts, literary arts, theater, music, and dance, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning programming is delivered in-person and virtually, and includes trauma-aware arts-integration practices. For more information, visit or follow the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning on Facebook (@CenterforArtsInspiredLearning), Instagram (@centerforartsinspiredlearning), Twitter (@ArtsInspiredCAL), LinkedIn (Center for Arts-Inspired Learning), and TikTok (@Arts_InspiredLearning).

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