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.

Ingenuity Announces 2017 Festival Dates, Location and Theme

May 24, 2017 – (Cleveland, OH) Ingenuity announced at its annual Bal fundraiser earlier this month that the 13th annual IngenuityFest will be held September 22-24, 2017 at the newly established Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Avenue) in St Clair Superior. The festival will present a range of performances, exhibits, and activities including dance, music, interactive exhibits, hands-on maker activities, local vendors, and more. In addition, a new cohort of IngenuityLabs projects, incubating artists and entrepreneurs on site, will be on display. Offerings from local food vendors and Cleveland breweries will be available. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and free to kids 12 and under.
After a successful pilot in 2016, the Hamilton Collaborative is launching this spring to create a maker hub and co-working space that serves the entire community with programming and educational opportunities for children and adults. In 2017, Ingenuity will continue to partner with collaborative members to build offerings, including working with Rust Belt Riders on the conversion of a 2-acre former scrapyard into a teaching garden and sustainable demonstration site. Other Collaborative members include, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rebuilders Xchange, MorrisonDance, and
Architecture Office.
An open call is currently available on our website, for artists, creators, inventors, and experimenters to propose projects large and small. A separate application is available for IngenuityLabs, offering space and access to tools, resources and materials within the collaborative for the summer and beyond at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to those received before June 15.
This year, Ingenuity’s theme of “Metamorphosis” will serve as an inspiration for participants. This theme is emblematic of the evolution of our organization and transformation of the neighborhood. We are proud to announce the return of IndusTree Alley, Makers Mecca, ARTchiTECHtonica, MOTOmagination Station, Music Meadow and more, in addition to a range projects which exemplify metamorphosis in all of its beautiful intricacy.

The 2016 Ingenuity Holiday Gift Guide


Merchants Mrkt | Legacy Village, 24687 Cedar Rd.

Need a hostess gift for a holiday party? Leaving town for the holidays and want to bring a little bit of Cleveland with you? Try skipping the home goods section at Nordstrom this year and opt for this pop-up shop in Legacy Village – you’ll find everything from locally made Storehouse Teas to Pope’s line of artisan sauces, cocktail mixes and bar products, hand screen-printed items from APE MADE. For a full list of vendors go ahead and pay them a visit, or check out their website.


1662473_520745904708679_1909230031_nRoom Service | 2078 W 25th Street
Room Service is a lifestyle boutique in Cleveland, offering carefully selected objects to adorn your person and your home. Designs from both regional and national makers round out an intentional, accessible collection. While each week they have a few featured items that they sell online, just take a peak into their store – walking distance from the West Side Market!



ImmortalNerd |

Everyone has that special something that they geek out about – treat your nerdy friend to a print by ImmortalNerd! Check out these awesome comic book collages – from our *champion* Cavaliers to superheros to Prince to pokémon. There is something for everyone!


il_570xn-811987867_8ujrC.M. Manfredi’s Emporium of Wonders |

For the truly unique and / or nature-loving friend or family member consider one of these whimsically beautiful plush dolls by local artist Clara Manfredi! Check out her Etsy page or better yet, buy something off of her IndieGoGo page. (Fair warning, items from the campaign are not estimated to ship until the spring, but you’ll be making a local artist’s dream come true!)

flameSupport your *favorite* local nonprofit

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to get for someone, whether they seemingly already have everything…or they’re flying in from out of town and don’t have a ton of room to bring back gifts. In that case, consider donating in their name to a charity! (HINT! Choose us! Donate to Ingenuity in your loved one’s name!)

Ingenuity Announces Interactive Forum on Shaker Design Competition

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland

Ingenuity Announces Interactive Forum on Shaker Design Competition

Cleveland, OH — (October 7, 2016) As part of their work on the Shaker Design Competition, Ingenuity will be hosting an interactive forum with residents of the Moreland district, potential buyers and local realtors familiar with the area – interested applicants are strongly recommend to attend this forum, although it is not required. The forum will be held on October 19, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights.

The Forum will feature five panelists:

  • Anne Williams was elected to a four-year term on Shaker Heights City Council beginning in 2014. Before moving to Cleveland, Anne worked as a litigator with an emphasis in employment law in Chicago and Atlanta and currently works for Melamed Communications on special projects and campaigns. A Chicago area native, Williams has lived in Shaker Heights and been active in the community for 23 years. As a City Council member, Anne serves in the following positions: Chair, Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, Deer Task Force; member, Climate Change Task Force, Communications and Marketing Committee, ,Recreation and Health Committee, Safety and Public Works Committee, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Board, Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.
  • Mike Foley is the first Director of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County. He was appointed to lead the office in February, 2015 by Executive Armond Budish after having served in the Ohio General Assembly from 2006-2014. Foley represented the 120,000 people of the 14th House District and was active in the legislature on environmental, utility, revenue and budget issues. Prior to being in the legislature, Foley was Executive Director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization (CTO) for almost ten years and has extensive experience in affordable rental housing issues both locally and those involving national policy. Before CTO he was the Court Administrator for Cleveland Municipal Housing Court.
  • Nick Fedor is the Executive Director of Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC). Fedor, a resident of Shaker Heights, brings extensive leadership experience to the position. He comes from the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, where he served as Economic Development Director. In that role, he led all economic development activities, such as retail recruitment, commercial zoning assistance, site selection, and other business support services. He also handled marketing and communications. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Washington Gateway Main Street in Boston, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s strategic direction and fulfilling its mission of creating and maintaining an economically vibrant neighborhood.
  • Brad Fink, Architect at Westlake Reed Leskosky. Fink partners with Michael Christoff, an architect with Vocon, as the producers of the Cleveland Design Competition. Cleveland Design Competition is also one of the teams consulting on the production of the Shaker Design Competition.
  • Liz Schorgl, Realtor at Howard Hanna. Liz has been a real estate agent since 1998. Her main focus is housing in the Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights market. She has also been the president of the Shaker Arts Council for a total of five years. Through her real estate knowledge and her involvement in the arts, Liz is able to shed a unique perspective on the value of arts and culture in the development of strong housing programs. Through her work on this project, Liz has developed a strong understanding of newer housing in an older community as well as the importance of thoughtful building in respect to the community at large.
  • The panel will be moderated by Kamla Lewis. Ms. Lewis is the Director of Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, with responsibility for housing preservation. She has over 25 years of experience in community development, working at municipal, county, regional and international governmental agencies. She has worked in Ohio, in California and in Jamaica on issues related to housing, transportation, food banking, economic development and strengthening neighborhoods. She currently serves on the boards of Policy Matters Ohio, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland and the Shaker Heights Development Corporation. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, and Cambridge University in England, with an academic background in both political science and development economics.

While the event is free and open to the public, advanced registration is required as seating is limited. Attendees can register at

The goal of the competition is to create top-quality, sustainable and middle income housing on tax-abated land in the City of Shaker Heights. The competition, which launched on September 22 is currently seeking architect-builder teams with innovative ideas for high quality, super energy-efficient, owner-occupied housing that can serve as a catalyst to attract new residents to neighborhoods that were hard hit by the housing crisis. A request for proposals from architect-builder teams is currently available at

The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2017 at 5:00pm.