Ingenuity’s one-of-a-kind Bals!

Each spring, Ingenuity celebrates Cleveland’s entire creative class with a program that calls back the excitement of our city at its turn-of-the-century peak!

Support Ingenuity Cleveland at our Annual Fundraiser Bal! This year’s event is the Dreamer’s Bal – a surreal creation of a living daydream.

The Dreamer’s Bal 
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
IngenuityLabs at The Hamilton Collaborative, 5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114

Ingenuity’s annual fundraiser is an off-kilter gala unlike anything else in town! Once known as the Bal Ingenieux, the yearly spring event now boasts a different theme with each incarnation, featuring the region’s artists, makers, and creatives while paying homage to Cleveland’s exclusive arts club that dominated modernist arts in the city from the 1910s until the 1940s. The Kokoon Club’s annual “Bal Masque” challenged artistic norms with the most unconventional parties around. 
 
Today, Ingenuity’s Bal supports our year-round programming in an exciting and creative way. Secure your tickets now to experience one-of-a-kind immersive artwork, live music and performance, local food and drink, all while contributing to the creation of a year-round center for innovation that supports creative entrepreneurs and welcomes the entire community with open doors.
 
Join us to support free weekly programming for the neighborhood and creatives alike, the new Ignite! sessions for entrepreneurs, IngenuityLabs Incubator, as well as our annual collaborations with the partners of the Hamilton Collaborative, . . .  become part of Cleveland’s home for creativity!
 
What will I belhold in my Wildest Dreams?
Visitors will enter unique second-floor space of our hundred-year-old factory to find a dreamscape filled with larger-than-life artwork, including a bedroom that shrinks guests to ankle level and floating dreamboats that explore the idea of “what your bed becomes while you sleep” . . . climb aboard pirate ships, snuggle in a giant birds nest, let your dreams roar to life in a racecar, or float amid the crowd in a hot air balloon. 
 
Musical guests range from the intimate – Taylor Lamborn andUno Lady perform solo – to the extravagant funk-focused New Orleans Style Jazz ofRevolution Brass Band
 
We’ll also feature Gypsy-Jazz project Moustache Yourself, neo-soul groove projectNah Nah(think: Postmodern Jukebox) and, to make sure no one leaves before dancing the night away, the irresistable jams of DJ Byron SquareBiz Lee.
 
Performance will include dance offerings from Get Hep! Swing and Viva Dance Studio, plus the quirky roaming characters of Nerdy Dancers of the CLEFire and Light Performing Art, and Sam Novak, performance artist. Enjoy dazzling Aerial and Pole performance from the strong and sultry students ofBe Studios/Be Fitness. Plus immersive meditation from Selfspace.
 
Libations, Little Bites, and Other Partnerships
We’re thrilled to present a range of custom cocktails from our friends at Watershed Distillery, plus new flavors and classic favorites from Platform Beer

And we couldn’t be happier to announce a new partnership with Ohio City Galley, the foodhall-meets-incubator bringing offerings from all four kitchens: Poca, Sauce the City, Tinman, and The Rice Shop! Enjoy sweets from Pierre’s and Sweet Costo, and commemorate the evening with a special snapshot from the themed photobooth built by Liza Sue Productions.

Attendees should plan to wear “the costume of their dreams” . . . whether dreamwear means the fantastical trappings of knights and princesses and fairies, the Sandman’s ensemble or garb of a monster under the bed, or even cozy PJ’s! We’d love you to consider the environment in creating your costume – visit our friends from Upcycle Parts Shop and mention “Ingenuity Dreamer’s Bal” for a special discount!

Event is 21+.

Ticket information:
General Admission Presale: $27.00 ($25 + $2 Eventbrite fee)
VIP Experience Presale: $68.00 ($65 + $3 Eventbrite fee. Includes This ticket includes entry, food, two (2) drink tickets, and other special extras!)
Corporate Groups: $1500.00 (Includes entry for 8-10 representatives, two (2) drink tickets plus champagne for each representative, listing in our Bal program, signage at the event, and other special benefits! Purchase online or call us to finalize your package.)

Purchase tickets here! 

Apply to vend, perform, or exhibit HERE!

The Dreamer’s Bal and IngenuityFest 2019| Dreamscapes: Attendees of this year’s Bal will step into an ethereal landscape of our subconscious hopes and aspirations that sit latent or ignored, brought to fruition by larger-than-life art installations, immersive music and dance performances, and engaging artistic activities.

The Bal is also a celebration of the dreams that have led us to this space and time. Once a bustling city of innovative manufacturing, Cleveland continues its uphill battle to rebrand into a new artistic identity. The Made-in-Cleveland stamp has found its way from steel furnaces or car parts to year-round public art or theatrical displays.

To ignore the unmistakable progression from creative manufacturing to artistic expression would be a disservice to the rich and vibrant history that Cleveland has to offer. In fact, the Bal revives the former warehouse of Osborn Manufacturing Company, which first found its home on Hamilton Avenue in 1902. Osborn led its own industry of innovative techniques like automatic molding and core blowing mechanisms that revolutionized foundry manufacturing. This certainly paved the way for contemporary dreamers to see materiality and creation in a new light.

The Dreamer’s Bal supports IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes, celebrating its 15th anniversary as a staple Cleveland event and its fourth at the Hamilton Collaborative, taking place from September 27-29. Proceeds also support Ingenuity’s year-round programming including the IngenuityLabs small creative business incubator, the volunteer-driven arts group The Ingeneers, and the newly-launched Ignite! entrepreneurship education series.

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Want to get involved in 2019’s program? Get in touch with emily@ingenuitycleveland.org if you’re interested in sponsorship, donating products or services, volunteering or any other ideas you might have!

Past Fundraisers:

The Bal Ingénieux – this one-night only annual event has revived Cleveland historic Kokoon Arts Club parties. When they started in 1912, these events were emblematic of a city at the epicenter of creativity and innovation and whose best days lie ahead.   We think that’s as true today as ever.

006Bal Ingénieux 2015 took place on May 16, at the Kalman and Pabst photo group, where it highlighted the local firm’s exquisite refurbished warehouse.

Bal Ingénieux 2016 took place on June 6 at the historic former Tenk Machine Co., now operated by Tenk West Bank. The Enchanted Forest theme enlivened the Tenk Building over 20,000 square feet of programming in 5 rooms. The building is now on the rise with local businesses Six Shooter Coffee, Marigold Catering, a co-working space and much more!

Ingenuity’s 2017 Bal: Aquatique  was a magical combination of art, performance, and discovery, celebrating Cleveland’s creative landscape while raising funds for our IngenuityLabs incubator program, maker activities, and more. The event was our first program to open up the second floor at the new Hamilton Collaborative, where it once again channeled the spirit of the Kokoon Arts Club, while raising awareness for water-centered innovation in our region! It all took place over 25,000 square feet, complete with a deep-sea Day-Glo ball pit, water-themed makers and exhibitors, and enough programming to swim in, on May 6, 2017.

Ingenuity’s 2018 Time Traveler’s Bal invited visitors through the lab of a mad scientists, exploded and abandoned but still buzzing with the wanderlust to traverse the ages. Guests stepped through the malfunctioning erstwhile time machine into a mishmash of historical periods from the archeological leavings of a former Dinosaur Den teaming with jungle boogie beats and a sand pit to excavate, through the Lava Lounge of prehistoric earth to the Ice Age of early man, into a Victorian Tea Garden and through the Swingin’ Speakeasy jazz lounge of the early 20th century, and on into a Stargazer’s Intersteller Future. Featuring Whiskey Hollow, MorrisonDance, Unplanned Crew, Mom’s Bassment, Hopscotch, Stephan Haluska Harp, In2ative, and much more!