This Is Ingenuity | A BEAUTIFUL Dreamer’s Bal May 4, 2019!

THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT! A few photos from Jerry Mann, Kevin Jackson, Bob Perkoski, Michael McFarland . . . More to Come!

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. 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.

Thanks to all who attending in 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 behold 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 race car, or float amid the crowd in a hot air balloon.   

Musical guests range from the intimate – Taylor Lamborn and Uno Lady perform solo – to the extravagant funk-focused New Orleans Style Jazz of Revolution Brass Band.    We’ll also feature Gypsy-Jazz project Moustache Yourself, neo-soul groove project Nah Nah (think: Postmodern Jukebox) and, to make sure no one leaves before dancing the night away, the irresistible jams of  DJ Byron SquareBiz Lee.  

Performances 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 of Be 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.

Multimedia Installations include projections by Kevin Jackson and Ross Bochnek, the Artwork of Amanda Nyx, Michael McFarland, John Kasunich, Tom Stoll, Paige Knoefel, Ian Keating-Mullaney, Adam Patterson, Ryan Kinney, and many more talented artists who work every week with The Ingeneers.

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!All ticket sales support Ingenuity Cleveland’s low-cost, accessible year-round community programming! Purchase now! 

Purchase tickets here! 

Apply to vend, perform, or exhibit HERE

WinterActive Collaboration with Brite Winter and Arts Van Aken!

Ingenuity is proud to support a Request for Proposals issued by Brite Winter and Arts Van Aken (AVA), the arts-based placemaking initiative of Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC). We are seeking proposals from local and regional artists for the inaugural Winteractive, a free outdoor exhibition of interactive light art to be installed in and around the Van Aken District in February of 2019. Artists and designers are encouraged to submit ideas that use light-based contemporary sculptures and installations to bring the community together for an opportunity to interact with each other and the District during the coldest, darkest month of the year.
Up to five art installations will be accepted, with a focus on light as a primary medium and whose work creates opportunities for viewers to become participants in the exhibition. Whether a viewer can manipulate the artwork, or the artwork manipulates the viewer’s experience of space, some form of interactivity will be sought in the chosen works. Such encounters should support the notion of an inclusive, democratic space that connects and engages people of every demographic in Shaker Heights and its surrounding communities.
Questions?
emily@ingenuitycleveland.org/440-479-2077 or laura.wiegand@shakerdevcorp.com

STAGE SCHEDULES ARE UP!

With just shy of 100 scheduled stage slots, IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast, has SO much to offer in terms of performing arts. From headliners OSHUN (the sonic embodiment of Afrofutursim) and Dressy Bessy (Long-running punk pop rock band out of Denver) to our Pittsburgh-based friends and neighbors Squonk, who will bring us Pneumatica, a large-scale circus-opera brought to life with wind, air, and kinetic energy.

But did you know we’ll also have jazz, classical piano, poetry and spoken word, as well as a  *record number* of dance groups coming to the event, activating our first-ever multiplatform, multimedia dance stage (the Tesseract Stage), plus our beloved Ingenuity Cabaret!

The different art forms and apparatus we have represented span from belly dance to pole to silks and lyra to wall-dancing in rock climbing rigging to the flow arts (hoops and tons of other props) to African dance, modern/contemporary, ballet, burlesque, swing, b-boy/hip hop and more! Whew!

Top it all off with an assortment of the best Cleveland has to offer from local indie punk bands, singer-songwriters, multimedia performance groups, nightly DJ dance parties, and even a few pop-up renegade performances.

CLICK HERE TO LOAD THE FULL HIGH RESOLUTION SCHEDULE OF SIX STAGES!

Ingenuity Spotlight Soirée: Fire and Light Studio Grand Opening. July 20, 2018

Join Ingenuity Cleveland and Fire and Light Performing Arts in celebrating the grand opening of Fire and Light’s new studio space at IngenuityLabs. This is the first dedicated flow art studio of its kind in the area, combining dance and skill-based prop manipulation. This event will be a fundraiser for Fire and Light’s class expansion and permanent studio as well as for sustaining Ingenuity’s year-round programming.

The evening will feature flow art performances, open flow art sessions, unique vendors, and dance party highlighting local DJs. Attendees will get to explore the FuturePast worlds and interactive artwork at IngenuityLabs!

Friday, July 20, 2018
Happy Hour: 7:00PM – 8:00PMLearn about the missions of Ingenuity and Fire and Light
Fire and Light Grand Opening Party: 8:00PM – 12:00AMFeatured performances, open flow sessions, dance party

IngenuityLabs @ The Hamilton Collaborative
5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

This is a friends and family event, registration available here!

Suggested donation options $5-50 (though nobody will be turned away for inability to pay):

$5* Studio Supporter: Event entry and donation supporting Fire and Light Performing Arts’
 future studio

$15* Partnership Supporter: Event entry and donation supporting Fire and Light AND Ingenuity Cleveland


$50* Expansion Sponsor: Event entry and donation that helps Fire and Light purchase props to broaden flow art classes AND helps Ingenuity build more studios for artists 

Follow the Facebook event for more updates.  

  • Event is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear anything that makes you feel most yourself, whether a costume or jeans!
  • No fire spinning will be permitted at the event.
  • Email violette@fireandlightarts.com with questions or to become a vendor!
  • Parking is available in our fenced lot directly across from the event entrance at 5401 Hamilton Avenue.

About the hosts:
Fire and Light Performing Arts is Cl
eveland’s professional flow art performance company and studio. After four years as a performance-based company, we are excited to grow into a home for the broader community to learn, teach, practice, create, and be together.

Ingenuity Cleveland’s IngenuityLabs is a year-round creative business incubator program is in its third year, which allows selected Labs grantees access to shared shop space, collaborators, and their own studio/workshop space over the course of the summer, culminating in an onsite exhibit at IngenuityFest. 

Parking, ADA, Sustainability:
Parking is available in our fenced lot directly accross from the event entrance at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, at your own risk.

We make every attempt to ensure that our event is accessible to all audience members. Event attendees should be aware that artistic events held in our former industrial space can present challenges such as uneven flooring and areas of low lighting. We recommend all patrons wear sturdy shoes.

We provide ADA parking off the 53rd street entrance to our event – Attendees can simply notify our greaters at our 5401 Hamilton entrance to be shown alternate accommodation, or reach out in advance to discuss any concerns. Please contact Hannah at hannah@ingenuitycleveland.org, or by calling (216) 527-8767.

Sustainability is very important to us, and we strive to make all of our events waste free by using compostable servicewear and partnering with Rust Belt Riders.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a wonderful evening together!

Press Release: Ingenuity Cleveland’s Time Traveler’s Bal June 16, 2018 An Artistic Homage to Future and Past!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5/31/2018
Ingenuity Cleveland’s Time Traveler’s Bal June 16, 2018 An Artistic Homage to Future and Past!

Each spring, Ingenuity Cleveland unites and showcases the region’s artists, makers, and creatives with its fundraiser Bals . . . Join us in supporting our Future and Celebrating our Past!

This year’s fundraiser is the Time Traveler’s Bal – a magical journey through the ages –which will take place on Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 pm until 1:00 am June 17 at IngenuityLabs, Ingenuity’s headquarters in the Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland.

The Time Traveler’s Bal will transport attendees through a scientist’s homemade time machine, opening portals to the future and the past. Guests will explore a variety of themed areas including a 1920s speakeasy, a Victorian French court, the remnants of the Earth’s volcanic beginning, and a pristine futuristic setting, all while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from featured local restaurants and beverage partners, including Platform Beer and Watershed Distillery. Attendees are invited to get creative and dress to prepare for such a journey through space and time – whether goggles and boots, spacesuits, corset and gloves, or other costumes.

The Time Traveler’s Bal supports IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast. The Festival, now in its fourteenth year,  will take place September 28-30 at the Hamilton Collaborative. 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.

“We are excited to introduce our 2018 theme FuturePast at the Time Traveler’s Bal,” says Artistic Director Emily Appelbaum, “to celebrate the history of our organization and our region as a center for manufacturing and creativity. FuturePast melds a sense of nostalgia with excitement for the future of arts collaboration and innovation in our neighborhood and across Cleveland. Like our previous Bals Ingenieux and Aquatique, the Time Traveler’s Bal makes reference to the historic masked bals of the Kokoon Club and evokes the city’s vitality during the early 20th century as a hub for the innovative and avant garde.”

Entertainment at the Time Traveler’s Bal will highlight a variety of local musicians, performance artists, makers, builders, and other creative characters. Musical performances touch on a range of styles throughout time, including Maddie Finn, front woman for the indie rock band Whiskey Hollow; neo-harpist Stephan Haluska; hurdgurdler Brian McCoy and electronic flute and cello duo IN2ATIVE, and electronic dance music by Unplanned Crew. Performance art includes dance works by MorrisonDance, theatrics by the Maelstrom Art Collective, flow art by Fire and Light Performing Arts, and choreographed acro-yoga and trapeze by Jaime Bouvier and Stardrop Circus.

General presale tickets are $25 ($35 at the door), and VIP tickets are $65. VIP tickets are partially tax-deductible and include two drink tickets and a tour of the 300,000 square foot Hamilton Collaborative complex (tour begins at 8:15pm, involves stairs, and sturdy shoes recommended). Light food included for all guests. Cash bar. Event is ages 21 and up. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Community members interested in volunteering at the event or helping transform the IngenuityLabs warehouse space can attend an upcoming art workshop held at the Hamilton Collaborative by joining The Ingeneers on Facebook, or sign up to volunteer at the event online.

About Ingenuity Cleveland:
Ingenuity Cleveland highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now entering its 14th year and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 28-30.