Press Release: Ingenuity Cleveland’s Time Traveler’s Bal June 16, 2018 An Artistic Homage to Future and Past!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5/31/2018
Ingenuity Cleveland’s Time Traveler’s Bal June 16, 2018 An Artistic Homage to Future and Past!

Each spring, Ingenuity Cleveland unites and showcases the region’s artists, makers, and creatives with its fundraiser Bals . . . Join us in supporting our Future and Celebrating our Past!

This year’s fundraiser is the Time Traveler’s Bal – a magical journey through the ages –which will take place on Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 pm until 1:00 am June 17 at IngenuityLabs, Ingenuity’s headquarters in the Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland.

The Time Traveler’s Bal will transport attendees through a scientist’s homemade time machine, opening portals to the future and the past. Guests will explore a variety of themed areas including a 1920s speakeasy, a Victorian French court, the remnants of the Earth’s volcanic beginning, and a pristine futuristic setting, all while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from featured local restaurants and beverage partners, including Platform Beer and Watershed Distillery. Attendees are invited to get creative and dress to prepare for such a journey through space and time – whether goggles and boots, spacesuits, corset and gloves, or other costumes.

The Time Traveler’s Bal supports IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast. The Festival, now in its fourteenth year,  will take place September 28-30 at the Hamilton Collaborative. Proceeds also support Ingenuity’s year-round programming including the IngenuityLabs small creative business incubator, the volunteer-driven arts group The Ingeneers, and the newly-launched Ignite! entrepreneurship education series.

“We are excited to introduce our 2018 theme FuturePast at the Time Traveler’s Bal,” says Artistic Director Emily Appelbaum, “to celebrate the history of our organization and our region as a center for manufacturing and creativity. FuturePast melds a sense of nostalgia with excitement for the future of arts collaboration and innovation in our neighborhood and across Cleveland. Like our previous Bals Ingenieux and Aquatique, the Time Traveler’s Bal makes reference to the historic masked bals of the Kokoon Club and evokes the city’s vitality during the early 20th century as a hub for the innovative and avant garde.”

Entertainment at the Time Traveler’s Bal will highlight a variety of local musicians, performance artists, makers, builders, and other creative characters. Musical performances touch on a range of styles throughout time, including Maddie Finn, front woman for the indie rock band Whiskey Hollow; neo-harpist Stephan Haluska; hurdgurdler Brian McCoy and electronic flute and cello duo IN2ATIVE, and electronic dance music by Unplanned Crew. Performance art includes dance works by MorrisonDance, theatrics by the Maelstrom Art Collective, flow art by Fire and Light Performing Arts, and choreographed acro-yoga and trapeze by Jaime Bouvier and Stardrop Circus.

General presale tickets are $25 ($35 at the door), and VIP tickets are $65. VIP tickets are partially tax-deductible and include two drink tickets and a tour of the 300,000 square foot Hamilton Collaborative complex (tour begins at 8:15pm, involves stairs, and sturdy shoes recommended). Light food included for all guests. Cash bar. Event is ages 21 and up. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Community members interested in volunteering at the event or helping transform the IngenuityLabs warehouse space can attend an upcoming art workshop held at the Hamilton Collaborative by joining The Ingeneers on Facebook, or sign up to volunteer at the event online.

About Ingenuity Cleveland:
Ingenuity Cleveland 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 14th year 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 2018: FuturePast, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 28-30.

Help Us Envision Ingenuity 2018: FuturePast

IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast will be held at the Hamilton Collaborative September 28-30. Our theme celebrates the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive toward progress, forging a reimagined future. It represents whimsical ideation, a­ homecoming as our former industrial facility reawakens with new art and manufacturing, and the hum of imagination from the many artists, inventors, and renaissance (wo)men who call the Collaborative home.

In 2018, our audience will be invited to travel through time and space: help us imagine the many forms of these FuturePast worlds can take by participating as an vendor, exhibitor or musician (applications HERE) or by participating as an artist, illustrator or graphic designer int he Ingenuity 2018 FuturePast Design Competition! Entries for commission considered on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the more likely we are to work with you!

There are so many ways these theme can play out: revisit the mechanical imaginings of polymath Leonardo DiVinci, celebrate the elegant machines of the Victorian era, or look ahead at the technologies of the future…

Ingenuity 2018: FuturePast Design Competition

Ingenuity opens 2018 with a competition for designers and illustrators to help us bring our theme to life. Entrants will submit work samples according to the guidelines below. All entries will be printed large scale with name and artist statement for exhibition at IngenuityFest 2018, and receive online publication via web and Facebook with link to author’s personal webpage.

Selected entrants will be offered paid contracts to work with Ingenuity over the course of the year on collateral such and posters, postcards, programs and large-scale signage (Contracts vary, but have ranged in price from  $300 to $3,000). In addition, 3 popular vote winners will receive a $100 cash prize. Popular vote details announced mid-summer.

Submissions should be emailed to emily@ingenuitycleveland.org and must include:

  • Name, email, phone number, website/portfolio site
  • Artist Statement/Bio (50 words or less)
  • Statement regarding the design approach/inspiration for FuturePast (100 words or less)
  • Large Asset (Vector Design, or 11×17 @ 300 dpi equivalent)
    MUST include the words : Ingenuity and FuturePast
    May include the words: IngenuityFest 2018 FuturePast, Hamilton Collaborative, Saint Clair Superior, September 28-30
    Art, Sound, Movement, Technology, Creativity, Innovation, Connection, Idea
  • Sketches/Progress work: at least one, up to five.
  • Logos/ details: at least one, up to five.
  • Color/texture pallet: at least 3 swatches.
  • Photo or design inspiration: at least one, up to five. Must include correct credit/attribution.Ingenuity reserves the right to publish any materials received, with attribution to the artist. Artist retains copyright. Produced in proud partnership with our friends at Lake Erie Graphics, Inc.

Need some inspiration to get you started? Cover Design is Steampunk Motherboard by Derek Prospero @ derekprospero.com. See below for work by more artists!

IngenuityFest 2018: FUTURE/PAST Inspiration Album

Take a look at our festival theme photo album for a little inspiration before entering our official design competition. ….. Future/Past celebrates the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive toward progress, forging a re-imagined future of community, localism, and humanistic technologies. It represents whimsical ideation, a homecoming as our former industrial facility reawakens with new art and manufacturing, and the hum of imagination from the many renaissance women and men who call the Collaborative home.