Ingenuity 2017 Year In Review!

Ingenuity truly had a remarkable year, making our 2016 Cleveland Creative Collaborative Pilot project into a reality in 2017: IngenuityLabs @ the Hamilton Collaborative. This year we:

  • Completed a research project cataloging 50+ local precedent projects and maker resources in our region to which the Hamilton Collaborative will become a complement; a continuation of our work with the American Maker Cities North coalition, we also documented best practices in similar Rust Belt Cities in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, as well as Chicago and the Bay Area, funded by Gund and Burton D Morgan foundations.
  • Secured significant support and new funding for ourselves and our partners at the Hamilton Collaborative.
  • Secured a lease to ensure our future at theHamilton Collaborative, including the site a former scapyard which we are rehabilitating into a teaching garden and sustainability demonstration site, opening up a whole new possibility for programming and partnerships.
  • Completed a new 3-year strategic plan.
  • Celebrated with the Bal: Aquatique – which opened up new spaces in the building and drew attention to our region’s water resources.
  • Launched the inaugural Shaker Makers with the City of Shaker Heights; held dozens of hours of maker-focused and entrepreneur-focused programming, and secured an NEA grant for the continuation of programming in Shaker’s Moreland neighborhood.
  • Produced a never-before-seen vertical dance collaboration with MorrisonDance, with support from Ohio Arts Council.
  • Served hundreds of area youth through special programs; hosted partner events including Saint Martin DePorres “Cleveland Change Makers,” which welcomed dozens of area leaders to speak with local ninth graders.
  • Welcomed thousands of DIY and high-end motorcycle fans by hosting Fuel Cleveland, with anticipated return for 2018
  • Welcomed 10 incubator tenants and built out lockable workspaces to keep them cozy!
  • Held 30+ Ingeneers workshops and build a community of 40+ members; more than 1500+ man hours of volunteer/community collaboration.
  • Constructed, organized, and heated a year-round shop space for large-scale work.
  • Hosted 500+ individual artists on more than 150,000 square feet of programming area for IngenuityFest – exceeded projections for sales and attendance.
  • Worked with dozens of community partners offering in-kind program support, materials, sponsorships and more!

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Press Release: Ingenuity Announces Sustainability Initiatives for 2017 Festival

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444 ext 402

Programming, Partners, and More Come Together to Make IngenuityFest 2017 Eco-Friendly

Cleveland, OH (September 18, 2017) – Ingenuity announced that this year’s IngenuityFest will be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Partners include Cleveland Water, Rust Belt Riders, Ohio City Bike Co-Op, and Vegware.

Cleveland Water will be providing their Water Buggy during three sessions at the Festival, offering fresh water in paper cups. Food vendors will use all paper products and biodegradable beer and drink cups from Vegware, a company that makes low-carbon catering disposables from renewable materials.

Rust Belt Riders, an Ingenuity partner and member of the Hamilton Collaborative, will compost these materials on site. Festival attendees can visit the Rust Belt Riders operation in their exhibit, Closed Loop, located in the Forest Foundry village, and learn about their innovative process to transform food waste into compost and animal feed. Additionally, Rust Belt Riders will be offering composting workshops Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 1 and 3pm.

“At Ingenuity, we believe that innovation, creativity, and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. This year IngenuityFest is going to walk the walk, starting down the path towards a zero-waste event.” says Karen Kidwell, Ingenuity’s Interim Executive Director, “Our new home at the Hamilton Collaborative near Lake Erie is a constant reminder of the treasured resource we all share. Plastic and other debris is accumulating in lakes and oceans, and one way to reduce the amount is to use fewer single-use plastic cups, water bottles, Styrofoam containers, and plastic straws. So this year we’re taking some big steps on the road to zero waste.”

Furthermore, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op is helping the Fest reduce car trips by offering
free bicycle racks (bring your own lock) and a pop-up bike kitchen for basic bike repairs at the 53rd Street entrance. Slow Roll Cleveland will celebrate IngenuityFest with a one-hour ride that starts on Saturday, September 23 at 2 pm at the Marquette gate entrance through the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. Riders will receive discounted tickets for the Festival, and can enjoy a pop-up bike kitchen and other fun bike groups and activities.

IngenuityFest is September 22-24, 2017 at the Hamilton Collaborative in Saint Clair-Superior (5401 Hamilton Avenue). Adult tickets are $5 for a day pass or $10 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at or at the gate.


About Ingenuity Cleveland and its Partners
Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization that ignites the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with immersive and innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships and events, including our annual IngenuityFest, now in its 13th year.

Cleveland Water is the largest supplier of safe, quality water in Northeast Ohio. Their dedicated professionals care deeply about the community, and providing quality service and great-tasting water is their top priority.

Rust Belt Riders offers commercial food waste producers a logistics-based alternative to landfills that is clean, timely, and benefits the community. They create value-added products that feed people, not landfills

Vegware is a manufacturer and visionary brand, and the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. Their award winning catering disposables are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste.

Ohio City Bike Co-op is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public shop use, advice, and assistance.

Slow Roll Cleveland is a social bike ride that takes place every Monday
from late spring to early fall, starting each week from a different location around Cleveland. The rides draw hundreds of participants each week during the peak of summer and are suitable for bicycle riders of all ages and experience levels.

Ingenuity Announces Featured Works for 13th Annual IngenuityFest, September 22-24, 2017


For Immediate Release


Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland


Ingenuity Announces Featured Works for 13th Annual IngenuityFest, September 22-24, 2017

Cleveland, OH (August 16, 2017) Ingenuity announced earlier this year that the 13th annual festival will once again take place at at IngenuityLabs and the Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue in St Clair Superior. IngenuityFest is a three-day, large-scale festival of creativity and innovation, offering dance performances, interactive art installations, maker activities, live music, artisan vendors, local food and more.

Admittance to the Festival is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets to IngenuityFest are on sale now at

“Seeing the response to our new location in Saint Clair Superior and the growing Hamilton Collaborative has been tremendous,” says Emily Appelbaum, Ingenuity’s Artistic Director. “This year, many of the Collaborative’s members will be exhibiting, in addition to a new cohort of IngenuityLabs incubator tenants. Beyond that, we’re thrilled with the array of projects from local artists and beyond!”

Featured works include:

Leaping Off the Wall: an artistic collaboration between Ingenuity and MorrisonDance, this is dance in three dimensions that takes a leap. “Belay-rinas” will ascend and descend from a specially-built vertical dance wall amid the work of projection artist Kevin Jackson. This project is presented with special thanks to Salina Bartunek-Andrews (climbing champion-competitive athlete-broadway dancer-American Gladiator), Lee Zickel (formerly of Cleveland Rock Gym), and a grant from Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Next program.

Mecanique Biotique and Closed Loop: working in collaboration with Rust Belt Riders, Ingenuity with present a veritable forest of sustainable technologies, blooming from the erstwhile scrapyard on the Festival site. Come learn about Rust Belt Rider’s eco-friendly composting, aquaponics and waste management techniques, see the rebirth of a teaching garden from a former industrial site, and try your hand at an array of metalworking techniques at the Forest Foundry. Visit welder Brad Civic and Ryan Odo’s Geometric Resonance, and work with an array of local sculptors under the direction of Elizabeth Meadows, Full Metal Florist, to help grow a metal sculpture garden built from scrap.

Makers Mecca: featuring Cleveland Makers old and new, including a sustainable fashion show and hands-on activities for young and the young at heart!

Breakwall by Megan Young and Kix Nicole: an intriguing, participatory sonic landscape in which the body is instrument and actions are amplified into a hypnotic wave-like score.

ARTchiTECHtonica: featuring fine art and site-specifics installations, including the art of Nathan J Wasserbauer, CIA graduate and SUNY professor of fine art.

IngenuityLabs: aimed at supporting and encouraging collaboration among artisans, technology innovators and entrepreneurs working in Cleveland. The growing incubator program provides tools, space and networking opportunities with an eye toward broader efforts to attract and retain talent, promote a culture of arts and creativity; build spaces for technological innovation; foster entrepreneurship, especially among traditionally excluded populations; and connect local entrepreneurs with area youth and young adults.

2017 IngenuityLabs incubator members include:

Martin Krebs Multimedia (mixed media industrial fabrication)

Andrew Kaletta Statuary (concrete casting for sculpture and custom lighting fixtures)

Biro Wood Company (laminated wood and carbon fiber engineering)

Trademark Stylehouse (screenprinting and custom garment-making)

AstroCelt (multimedia production company combining costume, music, dance, original video)

Art is our Refuge by Negative Space (program for refugee artists working in various media)

New Works by Megan Young and Kix Nicole (new media and digital interactive works)

Tiny Home by Tom Morledge (refurbishment of a 32’ bus into a rolling abode)

Initiate Studios by Michele Crawford (creative programming and design education outreach)


About Ingenuity Cleveland:

Ingenuity ignites the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with immersive and innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships and events, including our annual IngenuityFest.


Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization now entering its 13th season and is funded by The Educational Foundation of America, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, Forest City Enterprises, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Cleveland Scene as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals.

About the Hamilton Collaborative:

The Hamilton Collaborative redefines growth and innovation as an open and intentional community, managed cooperatively, providing resources, knowledge, tools and space.

Built by a group of likeminded organizations transforming the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in St Clair Superior into an outward-facing community hub, it currently comprises Ingenuity Cleveland, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rust Belt Riders, Rebuilders Xchange, Architecture Office, 3 Barn Doors and MorrisonDance.