School For Creative & Performing Arts Partners With MidPoint As 2011 Venue

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CINCINNATI (May 18, 2011) — The School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati Public Schools’ K-12 arts school, announced today that it will host 2011 MidPoint Music Festival showcases in its theaters Sept. 22-24. The new partnership with SCPA, which opened the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education last September, expands and reinforces MidPoint’s presence in Over-the-Rhine.

MidPoint Executive Producer Dan McCabe announced that he will book all-ages showcases at SCPA, allowing the festival for the first time to offer extensive programming and high-profile artists that includes the under-21 audience. Alcohol sales are not permitted in Cincinnati Public Schools facilities.

McCabe also announced that Vitamin Water will return as a MidPoint Music Festival sponsor for the second year and will present the all-ages showcases at SCPA.

The SCPA/MidPoint partnership will include opportunities for SCPA students to participate in the festival’s creative side, from possible interaction with performers in “master classes” to production experience and design work. The hands-on educational opportunities for students attracted school leadership to the partnership.

“We offer a professional arts training curriculum and are always looking for ‘real world’ learning opportunities for our students,” SCPA Principal Anthony S. Flower Jr. said. “We’re excited to open our doors to MidPoint and the local music community.”

Last year MidPoint presented a total of 250 musical acts on 24 stages in Over-the-Rhine, downtown Cincinnati and Newport.

“A majority of our 2010 performance stages were in Over-the Rhine, which continues to be the hotbed of creativity in Cincinnati,” McCabe said. “Partnering with SCPA, one of the highest profile creative hubs in Over-the-Rhine and the entire city, is a natural next step for MidPoint.”

The School for Creative & Performing Arts was founded in 1973 as one of the first arts-based public magnet schools in the U.S. It moved to Over-the-Rhine in 1976 to occupy the old Woodward High School building on Sycamore Street. The curriculum blends professional training in the arts with college-preparatory academic work, and admission to SCPA is highly selective.

SCPA was the subject of a two-year reality series on MTV in 2009-10, Taking the Stage, produced by one of its most famous alumni, Nick Lachey. The school moved into the $73 million Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education on Central Parkway for the 2010-11 school year.

The MidPoint Music Festival hosted record crowds in 2010, as audiences sampled live music from local, regional, national and international artists such as Best Coast, Surfer Blood, A Place to Bury Strangers, Caribou, Phantogram, Cults, Candy Claws and many more.

MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER SERIES: MidPoint returns to Fountain Square on Friday evenings June 3-Sept. 2. For the third consecutive year, MidPoint presents national, regional and local acts for free on downtown’s main public square. The initial schedule of performers has been announced at MPMF.com.

FOLLOW MIDPOINT: Keep up with festival news, find additional information and relive previous MidPoints at MPMF.com. Interact with performers and fans via Facebook (facebook.com/midpointmusicfestival). And follow Executive Producer Dan McCabe’s tweets at twitter.com/midpointmusic.