Ingenuity Announces Interactive Forum on Shaker Design Competition

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444
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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.

 

Ingenuity to Host “Creative Corridor” Event to Engage Public in AECOM-led THRIVE 105th – 93rd Street Corridor

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
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Ingenuity to Host “Creative Corridor” Event to Engage Public in AECOM-led THRIVE 105th – 93rd Street Corridor

Cleveland, OH – (September 15, 2016) Ingenuity, along with the AECOM-led THRIVE E. 105th-93rd team, will be hosting a Creative Corridor Event to engage the public, garner feedback, and provide a platform for the visioning of creative solutions. The event will be held at IngenuityFest 2016: Awakenings.

IngenuityFest and the Creative Corridor Event will be held this year in the Saint Clair Superior Neighborhood, at E. 53rd and Hamilton Avenue. Attendees will be able to view artist-driven projects and displays all weekend, participate in an interactive creation station, as well as attend a Saturday panel discussion on creative strategies to promote inclusion, artistry, entrepreneurship and quality of life in the E. 105th – 93rd corridor.

Saturday’s panel will be at 3:00pm and feature Freddy Collier, Cleveland’s Director of City Planning, along with Peter Lawson Jones (Civic Leader & Community Engagement Specialist), Ryan Bouma (Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, AECOM), Dru McKeown (Architect & Creative Workforce Fellow, Architecture Office) , Peter Debelak (Entrepreneur & Woodworker, Soulcraft CLE), Jennie Doran (Designer, Curator & Owner/Founder, Room Service) & Steve Manka (Sculptor & Public Artist), Nicole Delamotte (Cleveland Arts & Culture Writer).

Transportation to the Creative Corridor Event will be provided through a partnership with Westside Shuffle, and will be free to neighborhood residents picked up from the following locations:

LOCATION 1: Cleveland Public Library, Union Branch
3463 E. 93rd St
Cleveland, OH 44104

Pick Up: (CPL to IngenuityFest) 1:30 pm
Drop Off: (IngenuityFest to CPL) 5:00 pm; 7:00 pm

LOCATION 2: Bethany Baptist Church
1211 East 105th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Pick Up (Church to IngenuityFest) 2:15 pm

Drop Off (IngenuityFest to Church) 5:00 pm; 7:00 pm

Tickets to IngenuityFest 2016 are available on www.ingenuitycleveland.com – $5 for an individual day pass or $10 for a full weekend pass. Kids 12 & under, and residents arriving for the Creative Corridor event, will be free.

Ingenuity’s work to engage the community on this project is part of an AECOM-led transportation study commissioned by the City of Cleveland. The study of the East 105th and 93rd Street Corridor will help identify strategies to promote economic development and quality of life in the urban area, and address challenges such as economic stagnation and vacant lots. The TIGER Grant-funded study integrates transportation-related strategies with the broader goals of fostering a sense of vibrancy, economic opportunity, creativity & entrepreneurship for improved quality of life benefiting all residents.

 

About Ingenuity

Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now in its 12th season and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, organizations, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest, which creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 23-25, 2016.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18 billion during fiscal year 2015. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

 

Ingenuity Programming in Shaker Heights’ Moreland Neighborhood to Focus on Artists

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Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
(216) 589-9444
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 Ingenuity Programming in Shaker Heights’ Moreland Neighborhood to Focus on Artists

Cleveland, OH (July 6, 2016) – Ingenuity is offering artist-focused programming as part of a new initiative the City of Shaker Heights has undertaken to revitalize the Moreland neighborhood. The initiative aims to attract target businesses and potential residents to the area, create vibrancy in the neighborhood, and build community. The Ingenuity partnership produces programs that will draw interest in the area.
Programming begins with two artist focus groups. More events will be announced soon and will continue through 2016.
The first two panels are from 6-8 pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Rd. Attendees will discuss:

  • The Artist’s Role in Neighborhood Development: What You Want to See on July 14
  • Artist as Businessperson: How to Market Yourself and get Paid on August 4

Events are free, but seating is limited so registration is required.

“We’re so excited to partner with the City of Shaker Heights on this initiative. Through these artist focus groups we will engage regional artists in the broader discussion on housing and developing their business — which we feel will be extremely valuable to the creative community,” said Paula Grooms, Ingenuity Executive Director.

Visit our Eventbrite pages to learn more about featured panelists or to sign up: http://julymoreland.eventbrite.com or http://augustmoreland.eventbrite.com .

About Ingenuity Cleveland
Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now in its 12th season and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 23-25, 2016.

About the City of Shaker Heights
Just eight miles from downtown Cleveland, Shaker Heights is a walkable, cosmopolitan and distinctive suburb. It has a national reputation for excellent schools, extraordinary natural beauty, architecturally exquisite homes and superior city services. Shaker Heights is Cleveland’s most prestigious suburb – with tree-lined neighborhoods and miles of sidewalks that invite residents to stroll, chat with each other, and stay for a lifetime! Visit shakeronline.com for more information.

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!
Requirements?
  • 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 www.greatscience.com, or if you have specific questions, contact Josh Landis at Landisj@glsc.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Ingenuity honors CWRU’s Sears think[box] at fifth annual Bal Ingénieux, June 4

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Ingenuity honors Case Western Reserve University’s Sears Thinkbox at fifth annual Bal Ingénieux, June 4

Cleveland, OH (May 9, 2016) – Ingenuity Cleveland will bestow its inaugural Innovator’s Award to Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears Thinkbox at the fifth annual Bal Ingénieux—a celebration of the creative class—on June 4 at the Tenk Building in the Flats.

“Sears Thinkbox was chosen for this award because of the significant impact and contribution it has made to the creative community as well as Cleveland’s overall innovation landscape,” said Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director. This seven-story, 50,000-square-foot facility gives students, faculty, alumni and the general public the opportunity to tinker, prototype and invent. Officially opened to the public on October 1, 2015, it has since become a beehive of activity, seeing 5,000 visits a month.

“Our University always had big dreams for the Sears Thinkbox,” said Malcolm Cooke, Thinkbox’s Executive Director. “The reality, however, has surpassed our expectations. The stories of collaboration, creativity, and engagement among members of our internal AND external community are inspiring. We can’t wait to see what will happen next in that building!”

Bal Ingénieux will be held in partnership with Tenk West Bank and Market Restaurant at the Tenk Building (2111 Center St.) in the emerging Flats neighborhood. Bal Ingénieux is based on the famed Kokoon Arts Club parties of the early 20th century and, in the spirit of Kokoon, Ingenuity encourages attendees to come in costume, though it is not required.

Attendees interested in designing and fabricating their own costumes can sign up for any of Ingenuity’s costume workshops in partnership with Antidote Cleveland and Bounce Night Club. Every Wednesday during the month of May, Antidote will lead the workshops at Bounce (2814 Detroit Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Workshops are $15 each or $50 for all four (which also includes Patron-level admission to Bal Ingénieux).

Local artists interested in set building and painting can attend Ingenuity’s free workshops Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in May at the Tenk Building.

Visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com for details, to register for either workshop and to purchase Bal Ingénieux tickets, which range from $25 to $150.

About Ingenuity:
Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now entering its 12th season and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return in September 2016.

About the Sears Thinkbox at CWRU:
The Sears Thinkbox, an interdisciplinary, open space at Case Western Reserve University, focuses on changing the economic and social culture of the University and region by emphasizing cross-discipline and cross-institution collaborative endeavors that push creativity and innovation to their limits. Sears Thinkbox provides a project-based learning environment where students from all courses of study have an opportunity to understand how innovation and creativity can lead to economic and social advancement. This exposure encourages entrepreneurial thinking among our students, who will then be poised to become the leaders and innovators of the future. Simultaneously, Sears Thinkbox creates an entrepreneurial environment where these ideas can be nurtured, developed, funded, and commercialized.

PRESS RELEASE: Ingenuity’s 5th Annual Bal Ingénieux Set for June 4th at Tenk Building

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Ingenuity’s 5th Annual Bal Ingénieux Set for June 4th at Tenk Building

Cleveland, OH (April 6, 2016) – Get your costumes ready! Ingenuity is hosting their fifth annual Bal Ingénieux June 4. This year’s Bal will transform the historic Tenk Building in the Flats’ West Bank in the tradition of the spirited Kokoon Arts Club Parties of the early 20th century that celebrated Cleveland’s entire creative class.

This unforgettable night will raise funds for IngenuityFest, an annual celebration of art and technology, industry and entrepreneurship, marking 12 years in 2016.

As part of its overall mission to highlight Cleveland’s innovation landscape, Ingenuity has partnered with the Tenk West Bank. This development organization is focused on transforming the former industrial foundry housing Tenk Machining Company into a retail, manufacturing and office collective serving the growing Flats neighborhood. Ingenuity will also be announcing an inaugural award for a local person or group with outstanding service to the creative community.

Bal Ingénieux guests will step into an other-worldly experience, discovering an enchanted forest filled with performers, installations, and plenty of other surprises.

While costumes are not required, you’ll definitely have a lot more fun if you wear one. Get inspired by your own interpretation of “enchantment” or come down to one of Ingenuity’s costume workshops throughout the month of May (details to be released soon). Ingenuity encourages all its attendees to try up-cycling when creating their costumes, be they butterflies, flowers, fairies or something else entirely!

For Bal Ingénieux tickets and up-to-date information on performances, programming and more visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

Tickets for the Premier Level are $150 and include an open bar, dinner, valet, and exclusive entertainment from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Corporate or reserved tables are also available for $1,500 and include premier-level benefits, with complimentary champagne service through dinner. Patron level tickets will start at $25, and will include one drink ticket and complimentary desserts. Be sure to grab these tickets fast, because after a limited quantity sell for $25, the price will jump up to $35. The door will open at 9 p.m. for guests at the Patron level.

The Tenk Building is located at 2111 Center Street in Cleveland.

To help raise additional funds for Ingenuity, Bal Ingénieux will also be holding a silent auction during the evening. If you are interested in donating a service, product or creatively packaging your time and talent, please contact Ingenuity’s Development & Marketing Associate, Annie Weiss at annie@ingenuitycleveland.org.