IngenuityFest Village: ART-chi-TECH-tonica

This year Ingenuity has SEVEN villages for you to go and explore! We’ll be posting about each of them and just what exactly you’ll find and experience. First up:

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Performance spaces, individual art galleries for the truly unique! Made possible by Cumberland Development, Snavely Group, and United Rentals.

Xperimental Stage Check out the the schedule here!

Pipe Dream Tom Franco & Guerin Wolf combine forces with Ingenuity to create a large-scale interactive community work willing a new Cleveland to emerge from the bones of our past.

Kinetic Garden Loren Naji & Collaborators: Tina Ripley, Dina Hoeynck and Lincoln West High School, Falcon Eddie Cummins, Chris Martin, Caroline Martin, Sylvia Munodawafa, Cindy Smith.

The Artwork of Steven Manka

Dirges Leila Khoury

Tidelines Marian Wihak

Shadow Play Hildebrandt Art Collective

Sketchbooks Shawn Kerns

Aniramic Dengke Chen

Plant Life Tom Cvetkovich, Ken Macpherson, Oak Hill Collaborative Maker Space

Orange River Jacob Koestler

Exitrance Changyeob Ok

I Am Ingenuity Zackary Hoon, presented as a series on Stories of Cleveland’s Past and Future, generously supported through an NEA OurTown grant.

City Vision T. Paul Lowry and collaborators, presented as part of a series on Stories of Cleveland’s Past and Future, generously supported through an NEA OurTown grant.


WHERE is IngenuityFest 2015?

Alright folks, we’ve had a TON of questions about where the festival is going down this year. Good news! If you’ve been to our festival recently, we’re not going far. We’re just shifting our site slightly east. To clarify, we are NOT including the warehouses at Docks 30 & 32 this year, but you are welcome to park in that lot! In fact, that’s one of your best bets.

Now. For the actual location: We are going to be at VOINOVICH PARK AND NORTHCOAST HARBOR NEXT WEEKEND.

Where’s that you ask? It’s right at the northern most part of East 9th Street. Take it all the way past Lakeside towards the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And BOOM you’re there. You can’t miss us! Parking is available at the Great Lakes Science Center and the lots just north of FirstEnergy (Browns) Stadium.

Not coming from downtown? You’re in luck! There is an EXIT right off OH-2 for the Rock Hall. Get off there and turn right (if you’re coming from the east) or left (if you’re coming from the west) and turn left onto Erieside Avenue. Follow the road and turn right at Browns Stadium to park in the Science Center garage, or just past there you can park in the lot north of the stadium.

Our festival has a pretty big site this year (but it only takes about 10 minutes to walk from corner to corner). We’ll have programming from Voinovich Bicentennial Park….ALLL the way around the Harbor, and even some by the William G. Mather Steamship. Here’s what we’re looking at:

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2015 Festival Highlights

More are coming, but here’s a few to wet your appetite!


Big Tippy
Created by: Tesla Orchestra

Remember that claw game that stole all your money? Imagine using that claw to balance boxes on top of each other…we may not be bringing back the Tesla coils this year but the team behind it is behind this one as well!

Created by: Greg Stroh and Collaborators

This installation is a wooden structure [portions wrapped in film], allowing for passage, and a seating area. Outfitted with passive infrared sensors (PIR sensors) which, it tracks movement at 4′ intervals triggering a light box to signal the passage through diffused light.

Pipe Dream
Created by: Tom Franco & Guerin Wolf

A collaborative artwork that brings participants together to paint a picture of what is and what could be. We’re working with local artist and anamorphic painter Guerin Wolf, and Bay Area resident and founder of the Firehouse Art Collective Tom Franco, along with the entire Cleveland art Community

Created by: The Work Collective

CUbE x WORK is a three-dimensional form, designed to create light and motion, in non-traditional spaces. The objective is to inspire viewers to see their physical environment from a whole new perspective. CUbE x WORK is an 12’H x 12’W x 12’L box consisting of a steel sub-structure, mounted on a low rising platform that can be disassembled and transported to all environments. Four video projectors are used to project a combination of both computer generated and pre-recorded images. The interactive images are created by using Raspberry Pi’s with on-board cameras capturing images from one screen, manipulating the images using SimpleCV, and projecting the images on the next side of the cube. These images continue to move to the subsequent side, layering with previous images.


Dancing Wheels Parade: In honor of Dancing Wheels Company’s 35th anniversary, Ingenuity will be conducting a parade to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the Cleveland artistic and dance community.

Iron Architect: a competition where four teams compete to create a unique seating environment within the festival grounds using an array of materials, $200 to Home Depot, and of course a secret ingredient. This competition is in partnership with HGR, and the City of Cleveland’s Department of Architecture and Site Development.

Get Involved with IngenuityFest! Volunteers, Vendors, Makers needed

Take the plunge and learn about volunteering (or vending!) at IngenuityFest 2015! What are we looking for? Read on, my friend…

General Details:
Dates: October 2-4, 2015
Location: Cleveland’s Lakefront (Voinvovich Park, NorthCoast Harbor, Great Lakes Science Center, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Festival hours:
Friday, October 2: 5pm – 1am
Saturday, October 3: 12pm – 1am
Sunday, October 4: 12pm – 5pm

11063623_10155843929865235_4579326458840115851_oWhat we’ll be doing – we’ll be building, constructing, painting, staging (pre-festival), running to and from venues, managing areas, greeting and soliciting donations (during the festival), as well as cleaning up – hey, somebody’s gotta do it! (post-festival).

Want to find out more? Come to our info session at the Uptown location of the Corner Alley, 5-7pm Friday August 28.

Questions? Email us at

or SIGN UP TODAY by filling out our intake form.

DSCF6016We still have some spots left for artisinal vendors at IngenuityFest 2015! Please check out our vendor page for more information regarding FAQs or contact Annie at

Vendors are required to be at the festival until 11pm on Friday and Saturday and the entirety of Sunday (12pm-5pm). Cost to vend is $250 for a 10×10 space, with larger set-ups subject to additional fees.


Make Space

Be part of our ever-popular make space! This year we’ll have 2 types of makers, Featured and Regular. Essentially the only difference between the two is that Featured makers have longer hours (identical to artisan vendor hours). Have something to showcase? Apply today!

A shout out to pipes, tweed, and other things “professorly” . . .

We are so excited to announce our Elbow Patch Pub Crawl!

Beginning this fall (official dates TBD), on the Second friday of each month, from 7-9 pm, we’re asking professors (and experts) of all fields to join us for unlikely conversations, informally held. No preparation is required. Each session, 3-4 professors from different backgrounds will address broad themes such as “The City of the Future,” “Nature versus Nurture,” “The Moral Foundations of Politics,” “National Security versus Personal Privacy” and more!

We’ll be visiting different well-loved but lesser-known watering holes around town each month, So polish your spectacles, light up your pipe, and patch up your best tweed blazer for a night of wisdom and whiskey (or beer)!

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Please fill out our intake form or in touch with if you or a dear one would like to join us as a speaker on one of these dates!

Ingenuity Launches New Summit on Entrepreneurism, Brings Back Make Space for 2014 Festival

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
(216) 589-9444

Cleveland, OH (September 15, 2014) — Ingenuity is proud to announce the launch of a new program, Engines of Ingenuity Summit, to be premiered at the tenth annual IngenuityFest (September 26-28), in an effort to spark unlikely conversations within the entrepreneur, artist,  and business communities. The Engines of Ingenuity Summit will last from 10:30am to 4pm on Saturday, September 27 in the Reinberger Auditorium of the Great Lakes Science Center.  Programming will include exhibit tables, panel discussions, presentations, and a workshop on “The Art of the Pitch”. For up-to-date information on programming and registration, visit

The summit will be hosted by Michael DeAloia, a tech columnist for the Plain Dealer, co-host of Cleveland Confidential Radio and co-founder and partner at Topics will  include: Intellectual Property vs. Open Source, Defining Audience in the 21st Century, Hacking Health, and Monetizing Game Play.

Speakers and panel members will have participants from The Cleveland Clinic, Nottingham Spirk, Case Western Reserve University, Bizdom, Content Marketing Institute, Veritix, Rosetta, and more.

Ingenuity Executive Director, Paula Grooms says, “We intend this summit to spark the entrepreneurial spirit among companies of all sizes, as well as with our highly engaged audience. This is a one-of-a-kind event that offers a new way to foster this spirit by changing the typical conference/tradeshow paradigm and breaking down barriers normally separating established companies from start-ups. We believe this rarely found integration will lead to exciting trans-industry innovative solutions.”

There is a minimal registration fee of $5 to reserve a space to attend the summit. Table fees start at just $85 for start-up businesses. To register, please visit

The summit will run parallel to the Make Space in the Great Lakes Science Center. The Make Space is a combination of manufacturers, DIYers, students, faculty, and anyone else looking to experiment to hold workshops, explain do-it-yourself projects, showcase advanced technologies, participate in crafts, and host mini-presentations.

This year, the Make Space will feature a series of presentations as part of our So You Think You’re a Maker? segment on Sunday from 12pm-5pm, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Parker Hannifin will also be showcasing 2 models from their “Chainless Challenge” competition  – a challenge sponsored by the Parker Hydraulics Group to have students build a bicycle powered by hydraulics instead of a chain drive.