Call for Entries

Please note: the deadline for the 2012 Festival has passed, however we are already looking ahead to 2013.  If you have an idea for the 2013 Festival, please scroll to the bottom of this page to apply.

This is Ingenuity – Be A Part of It
IngenuityFest is a festival of art, music, and technology.  It’s also about finding and celebrating truly passionate and engaged people using every tool at their disposal to explore and create.  We don’t simply bring two disciplines together; we highlight the creativity and innovation taking place at the edge of these worlds.   This is where passions collide, where expertise mix, and the unexpected is born.  Come be a part of Ingenuity.  (Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM March 18, 2012)

What exactly is IngenuityFest?
IngenuityFest is a 3-day festival celebrating art, music, and technology.  The festival this year will be held September 14, 15, and 16th in Cleveland, Ohio.  Over 45,000 people attended the 2011 festival and 2012 will be our 8th Festival.

What We’re Looking For?
IngenuityFest presents a wide range of installations, performances, and demonstrations.  We are looking for literally anything that meets our Selection Criteria including:

  • Large Installations
  • Gallery Pieces
  • Technology Demonstrations
  • Theater Performances
  • Dance Performances
  • Immersive Installations
  • Sound Installations
  • Sculpture
  • Video / Film
  • Multimedia
  • The Unexpected

What Spaces Will Be Available at IngenuityFest 2012?
Ingenuity changes its configuration year after year.  No two Festivals are alike and we want to create a space for the wide range of performances, demonstrations, and installations.  Ingenuity 2012 will include

  • An Ingenuity Art Gallery
  • A Digital / Internet Art Gallery
  • A Tech Innovation Demonstration Space
  • A Coffee Shop / Open Mic Style Stage
  • A Dance Space
  • A Black Box Theater
  • 4 – 6 Installation Spaces
  • 1 Jazz Stage
  • 2 Large Performance Spaces
  • Room for several large to medium art pieces

Ingenuity has no standard rates for projects.  We ask that  each creator submit a budget based on costs and fees.   The bulk of our festival is made up of fees ranging from $100 up to $7,000.  There are projects that we have funded at a higher level as well depending on the scope of work and reputation of an artist or performer.

Selection Criteria
Content for IngenuityFest is chosen through a process that uses objective scoring combined with subjective judgements by representatives from arts and technology fields.  This group (typically a dozen people) scores each submission according to the curatorial criteria.  A conversation typically follows to discuss scores and to  balance selections with other entries.

2012 Selection Criteria
We’ve added to and changed the selection criteria – please read carefully.  While all pieces at Ingenuity do not touch on all of these criteria, we look for pieces that touch on most of them.

  • Artistic Merit
  • Technology Integration
  • Interactivity
  • Educational Value
  • Innovation / Creativity
  • Incorporation of Theme (Feeds)
  • Demonstration of Ability to Execute Proposal
  • Need within Category
  • Knowledge of Work

2012 Theme:  Feeds
People.  Computers.  Machines.  Whether it’s food, water, electricity, or information, everything works, operates, and thrives on a feed.

What feeds us today?  How do we view the food, information, culture and everything that nourishes the body, mind, and soul.  Ingenuity is asking creative people of all kinds to examine feeds in every form imaginable.  Read more about the 2012 Theme here.

First Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Want to create something needlessly complicated, utterly useless, and totally cool?  The first annual Ingenuity RGM Contest is for you!  Just submit a video to us and you could win $1000 for your creation and the chance to show it off to over 45,000 people!  For details go to

In A Band?
We encourage music acts that meet our selection criteria to apply.  However, Ingenuity presents over 100 bands at its Festival representing a wide range of music tastes: from hip-hop to jazz to electronic to classical.  Bands should apply here:

The Selection Team
Ingenuity brings together about a dozen members of the community to serve as part of the curatorial team.  These include professionals in theatre, dance, visual art, interactive technology, and music.  We will announce this team shortly.

(Please note: the deadline for the 2012 Festival has passed, however we are already looking ahead to 2013.  If you have an idea for the 2013 Festival, please apply below.)

Ready to apply?  Get started here.

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