2013 Festival: Public Transit

Access the 2013 Festival by RTA:  Please note that parking at RTA Rapid Stations is FREE at all times along the Red, Blue, and Green Lines.  All the Rapids connect with the Waterfront Line, so you can park for free at a station, buy an All-Day pass for $5.00, and be dropped off close to the event.

1. the L-line trolley will operate on

  • Saturday September 21, from 10 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday September 22, from 10 AM – 5:30 PM

2. the new Waterfront Rapid Line will operate on

  • Friday September 20, from 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday September 21, from 9 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday September 22, from 9 AM – 10:30 PM


Trollies are free, with a smile. The rapid line fares are listed below:

Regular Senior Citizen/Disabled Student
Cash Fare $2.25 $1.00 $1.50
All Day Pass $5.00 $2.50 $4.00
5-Trip Farecard $11.25 $5.00 $7.50
7 Day Pass $22.50 $10.00
Monthly Pass $85.00 $38.00

For full information visit: www.riderta.com.

Questions?  Use Google Transit to plan your trip, visit www.riderta.com, or call 216.621.9500.

Cleveland Public Library and Ingenuity Partner on Mini Maker Faire in April

Ingenuity Cleveland is pleased to announce the area’s first Mini Maker Faire in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am – 6:00 pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave., N.E. Cleveland, OH 44114.)  This free event will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with “makers” and creators from the region’s business, non-profit, and scholastic sectors.

Ingenuity is still actively seeking participants and sponsors to exhibit, display, demonstrate, and present at the Cleveland Maker Faire.  Please visit www.makerfairecleveland.com for details.

“This event is part of our overall strategy of redefining the library as a community resource for exploration and inspiration,” said Cleveland Public Library’s Programming Director, Aaron Mason.  “The creation of TechCentral, a technology and learning center located in the Lower Level of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Main Library, was part of this initiative and fits perfectly into the Maker movement happening all over the world.”

The Maker Movement, made up of creators, inventors, crafters, and techies strives to inspire, unite, and inform while celebrating the DIY community.  Maker Faires are a celebration of the innovation and resourcefulness of the ever-growing Maker Movement.  While Maker Faires have been held in such U.S. cities as Detroit, San Francisco, and New York, the Ingenuity Mini Maker Faire will be the first of its kind in Cleveland.

“Ingenuity’s mission is to explore the space where humanity and technology meet,” said James Krouse, Ingenuity’s Artistic Director.  “Partnering on this event allows us to fulfill that mission beyond the annual festival and also work with artists, creative technologists, companies, schools, and community groups to cultivate projects on an ongoing basis.”


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

IngenuityFest, entering its 9th season, is funded by The George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. Ingenuity is pleased to have the support of lead sponsor Scene Magazine, as well as NESCO Resource. The three-day Festival, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return in September 2013.

For more information, please visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

IngenuityFest 2013 Call for Entries Now Available – Deadline is Friday, March 29th

Ingenuity Cleveland is pleased to announce that that 2013 IngenuityFest Call for Entries is now available. The call is open to all – artists, creators, inventors, technologists, and makers – in any discipline and in any scale. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 29 at 11:59 PM.

The call can be accessed at http://ingenuitycleveland.com/2013-call-for-entries, as well as more information about the Festival site, programming spaces available, the selection criteria, the selection team, and the Festival’s theme: Clouds. Creative individuals and groups can submit project proposals that explore the theme of Clouds in the context of Ingenuity’s overall mission of exploring the space where humanity and technology meet.

“Clouds in nature have inspired people since the beginning of time,” said James Krouse, Ingenuity’s artistic director. “But today Clouds are use to describe how we store information including photos, music, and writing. We are looking forward to how creative people explore Clouds in both traditional and new ways.”

Ingenuity is also issuing a call for the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire which will be held in April. More information can be found at www.makerfairecleveland.com.

“Maker Faire and IngenuityFest share a lot in common so we’re encouraging people to look at both and participate in both if they’re able,” said Krouse. “In fact, the Maker Faire could be a space where a project can be explored and then developed further for the Festival in September.”

Music Highlights for Ingenuity 2012

Best known for their infectious smash hit “Hello” in collaboration with French DJ Martin Solveig, Dragonette’s high-energy synth-pop is backed by the glamour-drenched vocals of Martina Sorbara.

The Toronto band is set to release their highly anticipated third album, Bodyparts, this September. The group has toured with Duran Duran, New Order, and the Sugababes, and collaborated on hits with Basement Jaxx, Cyndi Lauper, and Kaskade.

Their music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, Gossip Girl, and The Vampire Diaries and ads for Toyota, Macy’s, Trident and Sony Playstation. Look for Dragonette to infuse their live performances with punk rock sensibility and fashion-forward style.

Two Fresh
Combining an array of influences and a diverse musical background, Two Fresh’s sound is difficult to describe but impossible to ignore. Built on a foundation of instrumental hip hop, twin brothers Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls’ music seamlessly incorporates elements of sampling, a tight low end and catchy synth lines, with a strong beat always at the cornerstone.

R. Ring
R. Ring is Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling, often within the same song. It is new. It is, at the very least, a stark departure from the music they make in their other bands (Kelley with The Breeders and Mike with Ampline.)

Helado Negro
Under the name Helado Negro, Roberto Carlos Lange crafts moody, experimental electro-folk heavily influenced by the ambiance and lush aesthetics of his native South Florida’s Latin culture. Lange is a frequent collaborator with Guillermo Scott Herren, better known as Prefuse 73, and is also a member of music group Savath y Savalas.

The Knocks (Live)
Everyone can now make music. The increasing access to music related technology and the liquid flow of music and information is a blessing to aspiring musicians, but a curse to those who have to sift through the terrible mash-ups and tunes in order to find quality music. Based out of New York City’s Lower East Side, The Knocks are taking a stand and reclaiming good music for all. The Knocks – Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Jpatt” Patterson – have produced original material and remixes for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, M83 and now their own music, including “Make It Better” and “Dancing with the DJ” and are known for their explosive live performances.


Secret Panda Society

This production duo brings a relentless assault of bass that keeps the dance floor hyped until the set is over. The talent and creativity of Rob Stern and Joe Benny, aka the Secret Panda Society, ensures that no song is safe from being morphed into a dance floor destroying bass drop. So load up on bamboo, put your panda mask on, and get ready to make a jailbreak from the EDM Zoo. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.



Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. An official selection of Womex 2011, Matuto (“bumpkin” in Brazilian slang) moves with two-stepping grace between bluegrass and forro, between swamp rock and maracatu, between surf guitar shimmies and the wah-wah of the berimbau.



The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently described Pittsburgh break-out band 1,2,3 like this: “The group — composed of vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Nic Snyder and percussionist/everything else performer Josh Sickels — … incorporates an arcing range of influences and styles … pulling from the classic psychedelia of The Beatles to the more recent ambient confusion of Animal Collective, and mixing washed over, surfy walls of sound with Mr. Snyder’s dreamy but sincere lyrics.”


Ingenuity’s Make Space

A huge hit at this year’s Festival was the Make Space.  Partnering with individuals and organizations like Makers Alliance and the United States Fab Lab Network, Ingenuity created a zone where education, inspiration, and just plain showing off could happen.  The Maker movement is definitely is definitely in Ingenuity’s past and future.

Now in its 3rd year, the  Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is always a hit at the Cleveland Public Library. (This year’s date June 6, 2015)! Have something you want to showcase? You can always reach our call for makers here.

Learn, create, and be inspired by this assembly of creative Makers.  Watch a robot create art or fashion some of your own.  Learn about everything from 3D printers to laser cutters to soldering irons.  Just what is a Maker?  Come and be surprised.  You may already be one.

Past projects have included dozens of technology focused collaborations, including:

Fab Labs at Ingenuity’s Make Space

Cleveland and the North Coast are hotbeds of digital fabrication.  They are home to MIT-inspired “Fab Labs” (fabrication laboratories) where users can make almost anything.

At IngenuityFest 2012 and 2013, the United States Fab Lab Network (USLFN) sponsored several displays and demonstrations.  The biggest was the MC2 STEM’s mobile Fab Lab—a 32’ NASCAR trailer decorated in Cleveland and equipped with the latest computer hardware and software for cutting, adding, shaping, 3D printing, and electronics.  Around it was a perimeter of tables for small businesses that got their starts in a Fab Lab.  Several machines were in the center ring to make personalized artifacts on the spot under supervision of students and other skilled Fab users.


Arduino Workshop
Makers Alliance

Participants have joined the Makers Alliance, Cleveland’s original hacker space, in some guerrilla engineering! We’ve offered Arduino workshops in embedded electronics throughout the weekend. People were able to make lights blink, alarms sound, sequence MIDI notes, and gain access to badge-secured area with the Makers Alliance at Ingenuity Festival and at partner spaces like the Shaker Launchhouse and Case Western’s think[box]!

More information at the Makers Alliance wiki: http://wiki.makersalliance.org/display/MAB/Ingenuity+Festival

This installation was made possible through the support of Dominion.  Thank you!

Feed Creativity
created by the team at Faber-Castell

The “Feed Creativity” space invited creative minds of all ages to participate in arts and crafts.  This space was dedicated to adult and children’s hands-on art and crafts. Children worked with crafts and activities from Creativity for Kids and Faber-Castell’s Premium Children’s Art Products while adults worked with Design Memory Craft’s Mix & Match products at our Craft Bar, or sample Faber-Castell’s famous professional fine art line established in 1761 in Germany.

Faber-Castell is a global company with offices around the world, with US headquarters located in Cleveland, Ohio. They are world renowned for creative products and dedicated to bringing you creative products based on our founding principles of: Best of Class Quality, Innovation and social responsibility.

Learn more at www.FaberCastell.com.




We love to talk.  And listen.  And sometimes even argue.  Ingenuity is all about exploring that space where humanity and technology meet.  Discussing the good, bad, and unexpected things that happen between those two worlds is part of what we do during our annual festival in September and throughout the year. Past talks have included:

Food For Thought

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 partnered with with Growhio to host Food for Thought. Designed to ignite your passion for local foods, Food for Thought was 2-part forum.

Local Food Ignite Talks: Organized by the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, 10 local food champions spoke about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide was displayed for 15 seconds, and slides automatically advanced. Feed your mind with 10 presenters in under an hour!

  • Mansfield Frazier, Chateau Hough
  • Sudhir Raghupathy, Eco Tuesday
  • Ifeoma Ezepue, Cleveland Crops
  • Carlton Jackson, Tunnel Vision Hoops
  • Brittany Barski, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Green Team
  • Paula Hershman, Storehouse Tea
  • Christa Ebert, Neighborhood Progress Inc and co-founder of the 1st annual Citywide Potluck
  • Gwen Forte, Growhio
  • Jenny Kelly, Kelly Green Web
  • Diane Morgan, Maggie’s Farm
  • Kristen Baumlier-Faber, Food Fonts

Panel of Locavore Chefs:  We learned about the motivation of Cleveland chefs to source food locally and had an opportunity to ask questions. Moderated by Kari Moore (farmshareohio.com) and Noelle Celeste (www.ediblecommunities.com/cleveland)

  • Karen Small, Flying Fig
  • Ben Bebenroth, Spice
  • Douglas Katz, Fire
  •  Julie Hutchison, Root Cafe

For more information about Sustainable Cleveland 2019, visit www.SustainableCleveland.org

Feeding Flight

This series of talks and performances explored how people and technology have come together to put us in the sky, space, other planets, and beyond.  From the Wright Brothers to the Jet Age to the Curiosity mission on Mars we looked at the technology that got us there and its impact on humanity.

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
Tom Benson

Mr. Wilbur Wright of Dayton, Ohio, presents results from experiments concerning the development of a practical, piloted, flying machine. The experiments were conducted between 1899 and 1905, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and Dayton, Ohio with his brother, Orville Wright.

Wilbur Wright will be presented by Tom Benson who is an aeronautical engineer in the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Benson currently works on several educational outreach activities at the center, including the development of the agency’s Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics and Re-Living the Wright Way web sites for the Educational Programs Office (EPO).

Michelle Epps
International Women’s Air and Space Museum
Katharine Wright, affectionately known as “Sterchens” (short for the Germen word Schwesterchen meaning little sister) to her famous brothers Orville and Wilbur, was the third member of the Wright Brother’s team seldom mentioned in history books. Though Katharine’s role in the first flight at Kitty Hawk is subject to rumor and speculation, we do know she was dedicated to the success of her brothers and their flying machine. Katharine also represents a sort of silent enthusiasm from women in society but we will also be talking about women alive during Katharine’s time that threw convention to the wind and embraced this new technology and the freedom it offered.    Michelle Epps has been the Education Director at the International Women’s Air & Space Museum.

Aeronautics at the Dawn of the Space Age

Tom Benson

From the late 1910’s to the late 1960’s, we have witnessed an evolution in flying machines from the wood, wire, and cloth of the Wright Brothers, to the rocket-powered, bullet-shaped supersonic aircraft of Chuck Yeager, and on to the gas turbine-powered airliners which daily carry hundreds of paying passengers across the oceans. Several technology breakthroughs in aeronautics have made all of this possible. This talk examined those breakthroughs, the science and engineering behind the technology, and the individuals involved in the discovery.

The talk was presented by Tom Benson, an aeronautical engineer in the Research Directorate at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Benson has been at NASA Glenn for 35 years, working in high speed computational fluid dynamics for propulsion systems and in many educational outreach activities at the center.

Apollo Opera

This song cycle with lyrics, created from Apollo 11 transcripts, explores arguably the greatest journey ever taken by man.  Using text directly from the mission transcripts, this piece shows the human side of space travel.  Written and performed by Rob McGinness, a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, accompanied on the piano by Meeyoun Park.

The Space Shuttle
Thirty Years of Flight
Matthew Melis

NASA’s Space Shuttle, heralded as the world’s most complicated machine, completed 133 successful missions over its 30 year history. NASA’s Matt Melis provides a brief history and a detailed look into the inner workings and operation of the Space Shuttle and the hundreds of people who made them fly. Highlights from some the of the Shuttle missions will be shown.

Melis has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for 29 years as an aerospace engineer on NASA’s aeronautics, Space Station, and Space Shuttle Programs.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors in civil engineering and a masters in applied mechanics.

People and Robots Together in Space Flight
Brian Palaszewski

From the Moon landing to the Mars Rover, people and robots have both been vital to exploring the outer reaches.  Brian Palaszewski covers the past accomplishments and the hopeful future of both people and robots in our exploration of space.  He also gives the latest scoop on the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity Rover, currently conducting extensive observations on the surface of Mars.

Palaszewski  has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU).  Recently, he led work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where supersonic retro-propulsion (rocket deceleration) is planned for the final descent to the planet’s surface.  He is also investigating outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits of mining them for future ambitious space missions.  For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena.

Damage Assessment and the Shuttle Program
Dr. Kelly Carney

For the last four years of the Space Shuttle Program, Dr. Kelly Carney was a member of the Damage Assessment Team at Mission Control in Houston. After the Columbia accident, the Damage Assessment Team carefully examined hundreds of images evaluating damages to tiles, blankets and the leading edge of the Shuttle Orbiter and decided whether or not to perform spacewalk repairs.  Dr. Carney presents a brief history of the most expansive damages, one of which required an improvised repair.

Carney started at NASA Glenn Research Center in 1982, working on the Atlas/Centaur, Shuttle/Centaur, and Titan/Centaur rockets and the Space Station Solar Arrays. After completing his PhD at Case, he began research into impact and the safety of jet engines. When the Columbia accident occurred, he assisted in the accident investigation and effort to return the Space Shuttle to flight. After the Space Shuttle began flying again, Dr. Carney was then made responsible for all structural analysis on the Space Shuttle Orbiter.

The Mercury Project
Peter Naegele, Timothy Smith, Darin Sullivan, Donn Nottage

This musical tribute to the early days of NASA, The Mercury Project spans the realms of ambient, industrial, EBM and synth-pop. The result is a mind bending, thought provoking, and awe inspiring cyber-gothic retrospective of the past 50 years of aeronautics and space research.

The name “Mercury Project” was derived from the name “Project Mercury”, NASA’s adopted name for the first national manned space flight project. “Project Mercury” began in 1958 and ran for over 4 years, resulting in 6 manned flights and a total of 25 missions.

Cleveland Salon
Organized by Andrew Samtoy and Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

A weekend of ever evolving discussions about the big (and not so big) ideas of our times.   Stop by the Salon tent where discussion leaders who are well versed on various subjects, talk with a group about things that matter to our people and our city.  The goal? Everyone walking out with next-steps for improving their lives and the lives of others.


The Art and Science of Chemistry
Drs. Jerry Mundell and Anne O’Connor
Sunday, September 16 – Noon

Mundell and O’Connor both entertain and engage the audience in the principles of chemical and physical properties, minuteness of atoms, properties of gases, and sublimation of solids through entertaining demonstrations that include colorful chemical reactions, volumetric flask bubble factories, collapsing cans under atmospheric pressure, liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and soda pop geysers. The demonstrations end with delicious liquid nitrogen strawberry ice cream served to an appreciative audience.  Hands-on activities are available for the younger children that include making bouncing balls, colorful fish and butterflies, glitter slime, decorative stained glass glue, and writing invisible messages.  The activities introduce children to polymerization reactions, acid-base indicators, and paper chromatography.