Ingenuity 2018: Get Involved!

IngenuityFest is always up to something, that’s what keeps us at the top of our innovation game!

All applications are now open for IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast . . . Curious what we get up to? Check out some of our cool photos displaying what we were able to create together last year!



If those photos just got your creative juices a-flowin’,  check out the official IngenuityFest 2018 Theme + Design Competition, and help create the look and feel of the Fest!

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!

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!)

Applications OPEN: National Maker Fellow Program, Summer 2016

An awesome opportunity for all you makers out there – you’ve heard about artist residencies, you’ve heard about professorial residencies. But what about a maker-residency?!  The Maker Education Initiative has a program called Maker Corps. They work with partner organizations and their Maker Corps Members throughout the spring and the summer, bringing them together through an online community and providing them with online training and support to create hands-on and community-specific making programming.
The best news is that Maker Corps is still accepting applications! As a Maker Fellow, you work at a local organization that has been selected for the program (for example, Great Lakes Science Center!) but you also go through a national training program and connect with a network of Maker Fellows around the country. The application for the summer fellow positions is still open – so check the requirements below and submit an application!
  • 50% of a Maker Corps Member’s time must be dedicated to direct service– engaging children and families in creative making opportunities, while gaining experience serving as a community leader. Maker Corps Members will also spend a portion of their time as makers-in-residence, focused on developing ideas and programs for their partner site.
  • Maker Corps Members are required to participate in the Maker Corps online community by contributing stories, photos, reflections, etc.
  • Applicants must live, or be willing to relocate to, a community hosting a Maker Corps program. Note that the Maker Ed will not cover any additional moving and/or housing expenses. However, some partner sites may provide assistance. Please inquire specifically about these needs in your application.
PS – GLSC has also had a surge in summer camp registration at the Science Center and are hiring additional staff, especially people with an expertise in 3-D printing, Makey-Makey, Scratch or other entry-level video game design. The position is posted at, or if you have specific questions, contact Josh Landis at