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!

Press Release: Ingenuity Announces Sustainability Initiatives for 2017 Festival

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
annie@ingenuitycleveland.org
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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 ingenuityfest2017.eventbrite.com or at the gate.

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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.

IngenuityFest Announces Music Headliners and More for September 22-24, 2017

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Contact:

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland

216-589-9444

annie@ingenuitycleveland.org

 

IngenuityFest Announces Music Headliners and More for September 22-24, 2017

Cleveland, OH (August 21, 2017) – IngenuityFest announced today a number of confirmed bands and headliners scheduled to play at the 13th annual IngenuityFest. This year, the event will feature five stages and an eclectic mix of local, regional and national bands.

Friday’s headliner will be White Mystery, a sibling rock’n’roll duo from Chicago. Since April 20, 2008, White Mystery self-released eight records, played almost 1,000 shows on three continents with the likes of Iggy Pop, Garbage, Thee Ohsees, and Patti Smith; modeled for Levi’s Jeans; performed in the Sundance film Station to Station; earned rave reviews from MTVVICENPR Sound Opinions, and High Times; jammed on a parade float with Sir Richard Branson; and rocked six live songs on the NBC late night TV show, Last Call with Carson Daly. Come and see for yourself what Pitchfork calls, “jovial rock’n’roll delivery and DIY sensibility.”

Saturday, will feature headliner Calliope Musicals – a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin, TX. Recently they were named 2015’s “Best New Band” and 2016’s “Best Band of the Year” in the Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards. This year, they made  NPR’s All Songs Considered’s “Why SXSW Matters: The Best of What We Saw, 2017.”  Billboard.com writes: “The sextet’s bubbly brand of pop-rock (think a more authentically hippied-out Grouplove) holds up — the crowd swells significantly as passersby get sucked into the genuinely good vibes…”

“We’re very excited about this year’s festival, as we work towards our goal of showcasing a more diverse festival, both in the musical and geographical sense,” says James Carol, Ingenuity’s Music Manager. “I’ve always admired the music offered at IngenuityFest. With the likes of Austin’s Calliope Musicals and Chicago’s White Mystery, set to headline their respected nights, on top of locally respected names like The Sidekicks, R.RING, and Uptowne Buddha, I think we’re really stepping things up this year.”

 

List of Performers:

Attendees can also gather to hear local tunes from Heavenly Queen, Uptown Buddha with friends, Toma Doe, Half an Animal, Louis Knight (of DUNE), Cigarette Playdate, Boo Lee Crosser,  R. RING feat. Kelly Deal of the Breeders (Dayton), Damn the Witch Siren (Columbus), Qiet (West Virginia), Counterfeit Madison (Columbus), The Sidekicks (Columbus), HIRAM-MAXIM, The Village Bicycle, Hello Luna (Columbus), Sister Smirk, MOOKE DA GXD, Jenna Fournier, Tree No Leaves (Bowling Green, OH), Cotton Ponys, Pack Wolf, The Dream Masons, Mimi Arden, Meg & The Magnetosphere , Ryan Manthey, Curtail (Akron), Paulo Costa Trio, Muamin Collective, Mister Moon (Norwalk, OH), By Light We Loom, Heavenly Creatures, Reginleif, Toobe Fresco and The Living Sound, The Sonder Bombs, In2Ative, Grovewood, Forager, XE LA CUTY, Collin Miller & The Brother Nature, Golden Streets of Paradise, The Sounder Bombs, AstroCelt, Michelle MacBride, M. Moody, Sankuro, Pape, Coupe De Gras, RED-I, and so much more!

Additionally, Metavari (Fort Wayne), will perform their record store day released original re-score of the 1927 classic Metropolis.

In addition to our Main, Dock and Music Meadow stages, Ingenuity will once again feature acoustic acts tucked away in the Dingy Basement Garden Stage. New this year, the festival will feature The Ingenuity Cabaret and Open Mic: home to all manner of weird and wacky performances from belly dancing to ventriloquism! Got something to share? Show up at the event ready to add your name to the performance list, or sign up in advance to show your stuff!

IngenuityFest will be held at the newly established Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue from September 22-24, 2017. 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. Admission to the Festival is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets to IngenuityFest are on sale now at ingenuityfest2017.eventbrite.com.

To stay up to date on Festival happenings and announcements please visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com/festival2017 . A full stage schedule will be released soon.

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

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland

216-589-9444

annie@ingenuitycleveland.org

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 ingenuityfest2017.eventbrite.com.

“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)

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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 Interactive Forum on Shaker Design Competition

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444
annie@ingenuitycleveland.org

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 shakerdesign.eventbrite.com.

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 shakerdesigncompetition.com.

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