IngenuityFest 2019: Music Lineup Announced!

The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived! We are so thrilled to announce our 2019 IngenuityFest music lineup! There will be something for everyone at IngenuityFest: Dreamscapes, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Stay tuned to our website for stage schedules, which will be posted as we get closer to the Festival!

IngenuityFest: Dreamscapes – Featured Programming Announced!

IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes will take place on September 27 – 29 at the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Avenue) in St. Clair-Superior. 

Ingenuity Cleveland ignites the creative spark among artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, through joy and collaboration. IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes celebrates the organization’s 15th year by bringing you an entire fantasy, vividly imagined, waiting behind the doors of the 350,000-square-foot Hamilton Collaborative. 

The 2019 Festival will include mainstage headliners Speedy Ortiz (Friday), King Buffalo (Saturday). The Dock Stage will feature Cold City Sol (Friday) and The Admirables (Saturday). 

20,000 art-lovers, creatives, young professionals & families will enjoy favorite offerings like the hands-on Maker’s Mecca and Vendor Village.  Children of all ages can enjoy imaginative activities from the youth-focused Ingenuity Dreamland & Imaginarium, and adults can visit our late-night Ingenuity Cabaret for a taste of something a bit more raucous.

New in 2019 are the sustainability-focused exhibits of IngenuiTree Isle, featuring Lettuce Tree Farms and Drink Local Drink Tap; and Wellness Way on the never-before-seen third floor, where attendees can focus on the health of mind, body, and spirit. The Dreamer’s Tavern will feature local speakers from Cleveland’s Creative Arts Network and beyond, in partnership with Ingenuity’s Ignite! program. 


Official site for the inaugural Cleveland Photo Festival, presenting CLEVELAND: THE RHYTHM OF FASHION with Anastasia Pantsios, Ron Knerem & Eartha Goodwin. Curated by Laura D’Alessandro and Jacci Hammer.

Curated short films in our one-of-a-kind mini theater, by Emerge Microcinema

Special showing of Roger Titley’s Creatures, in partnership with BorderLight International Theater and Fringe Festival 

Indoor Roller Disco, by IngenuityLabs Ignite Impact Award Winner Rollin’ Buckeyez Foundation

Dance Collaborations with Inlet Dance Theatre, NEOS Dance Theatre, and Cleveland Dance Project, plus Ingenuity-produced original multimedia epic journey, Dream Stāt, with Muséus Project and Be Fitness & Aerial Studio

Ingenuity Cabaret and Circus Favorites Shanty Circus, Stardrop Circus and the Beezy Douglas Carnivale

Immersive Exhibits by the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Young Entrepreneurs’ Market by the Young Entrepreneurship Institute, and fine craft furniture exhibit in partnership with F*Sho

Three-story Dream Machine stage featuring Tesla Orchestra, Plasmosis and OPUS 216

This Is Ingenuity | A BEAUTIFUL Dreamer’s Bal May 4, 2019!

THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT! A few photos from Jerry Mann, Kevin Jackson, Bob Perkoski, Michael McFarland . . . More to Come!

Ingenuity’s annual fundraiser is an off-kilter gala unlike anything else in town! Once known as the Bal Ingenieux, the yearly spring event now boasts a different theme with each incarnation, featuring the region’s artists, makers, and creatives while paying homage to Cleveland’s exclusive arts club that dominated modernist arts in the city from the 1910s until the 1940s. The Kokoon Club’s annual “Bal Masque” challenged artistic norms with the most unconventional parties around. 

Today, Ingenuity’s Bal supports our year-round programming in an exciting and creative way. Experience one-of-a-kind immersive artwork, live music and performance, local food and drink, all while contributing to the creation of a year-round center for innovation that supports creative entrepreneurs and welcomes the entire community with open doors.

Thanks to all who attending in support free weekly programming for the neighborhood and creatives alike, the new Ignite! sessions for entrepreneurs, IngenuityLabs Incubator, as well as our annual collaborations with the partners of the Hamilton Collaborative, . . .  become part of Cleveland’s home for creativity!

What will I behold in my Wildest Dreams?
Visitors will enter unique second-floor space of our hundred-year-old factory to find a dreamscape filled with larger-than-life artwork, including a bedroom that shrinks guests to ankle level and floating dreamboats that explore the idea of “what your bed becomes while you sleep” . . . climb aboard pirate ships, snuggle in a giant birds nest, let your dreams roar to life in a race car, or float amid the crowd in a hot air balloon.   

Musical guests range from the intimate – Taylor Lamborn and Uno Lady perform solo – to the extravagant funk-focused New Orleans Style Jazz of Revolution Brass Band.    We’ll also feature Gypsy-Jazz project Moustache Yourself, neo-soul groove project Nah Nah (think: Postmodern Jukebox) and, to make sure no one leaves before dancing the night away, the irresistible jams of  DJ Byron SquareBiz Lee.  

Performances will include dance offerings from Get Hep! Swing and Viva Dance Studio, plus the quirky roaming characters of Nerdy Dancers of the CLEFire and Light Performing Art, and Sam Novak, performance artist. Enjoy dazzling Aerial and Pole performance from the strong and sultry students of Be Studios/Be Fitness. Plus immersive meditation from Selfspace.

Libations, Little Bites, and Other Partnerships We’re thrilled to present a range of custom cocktails from our friends at Watershed Distillery, plus new flavors and classic favorites from Platform Beer

And we couldn’t be happier to announce a new partnership with Ohio City Galley, the foodhall-meets-incubator bringing offerings from all four kitchens: Poca, Sauce the City, Tinman, and The Rice Shop! Enjoy sweets from Pierre’s and Sweet Costo, and commemorate the evening with a special snapshot from the themed photobooth built by Liza Sue Productions.

Multimedia Installations include projections by Kevin Jackson and Ross Bochnek, the Artwork of Amanda Nyx, Michael McFarland, John Kasunich, Tom Stoll, Paige Knoefel, Ian Keating-Mullaney, Adam Patterson, Ryan Kinney, and many more talented artists who work every week with The Ingeneers.

Attendees should plan to wear “the costume of their dreams” . . . whether dreamwear means the fantastical trappings of knights and princesses and fairies, the Sandman’s ensemble or garb of a monster under the bed, or even cozy PJ’s! We’d love you to consider the environment in creating your costume – visit our friends from Upcycle Parts Shop and mention “Ingenuity Dreamer’s Bal” for a special discount!All ticket sales support Ingenuity Cleveland’s low-cost, accessible year-round community programming! Purchase now! 

Purchase tickets here! 

Apply to vend, perform, or exhibit HERE

Ingenuity Announces Details for The Dreamer’s Bal on May 4, 2019

Ingenuity Cleveland’s Dreamer’s Bal May 4, 2019
. . . step into a living daydream, and awaken the creativity in YOU!

Each spring, Ingenuity Cleveland unites and showcases the region’s artists, makers, and creatives with its annual fundraiser Bal . . . be a part of the dream!

The theme for Ingenuity’s 2019 fundraiser is the Dreamer’s Bal – the surreal creation of a living daydream – which will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00pm until 1:00am (May 5) at IngenuityLabs in the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland). The event will support the annual 20,000-attendee IngenuityFest as well as Ingenuity’s year-round arts and entrepreneurship programs, drawing talent from the enthusiastic year-round community served by these activities. Come see what these creatives have to offer!  

Attendees of this year’s Bal will step into an ethereal landscape of subconscious hopes and aspirations once latent or ignored, brought to fruition by larger-than-life art installations, immersive music and dance performances, and some engaging surprises! Headlined by Cleveland’s New Orleans style favorite, Revolution Brass Band, the Bal will present a mix of jazz, funk, swing and more. With Moustache Yourself, Get Hep Swing, pole and aerial dancers from Be Fitness, Viva Dance Studio, sweet tunes from the award-winning Uno Lady, Taylor Lamborn, dance beats from SquareBiz, and so much more.

Like the previous Bals Ingenieux, Bal Aquatique, and the Time Traveler’s Bal, The Dreamer’s Bal makes reference to the historic masked bals of the Kokoon Club, who defined Cleveland’s raucous avant-garde art scene at the turn of the century.

“The Bal is a celebration of the authentic regional dreams and talents that have led us to this space and time,” says Emily Appelbaum, Artistic Director. “Once a bustling city of innovative manufacturing, Cleveland – and our little corner of history here at the Hamilton Collaborative – is re-awakening to find that the Made-in-Cleveland stamp, whether on a cast iron furnaces, a piece of craft furniture or an immersive art experience, still holds great value.”

The Dreamer’s Bal supports IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes, held September 27-29 and celebrating its 15th year as a staple Cleveland event and its fourth year 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.

General admission tickets are $25 ($35 at door) and include entry and food. VIP tickets are priced at $65 and include entry, food, two drink tickets, and a few special extras!

This 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.

For more information, visit

Ingenuity Cleveland Announces Lineup for Second Season of Ignite! Program

Ingenuity Cleveland Brings in Local Entrepreneurs to Inspire Others

Ingenuity Cleveland has announced their spring lineup of local entrepreneurs for the second season of Ignite! @ IngenuityLabs.

Ignite! is an entrepreneurship education series providing business knowledge and “down n’ dirty” skills in an affordable, social environment. 

Programming is targeted to the needs of creative and arts-based entrepreneurs within the Ingenuity and Hamilton Collaborative network, as well as Cleveland’s wider creative landscape. Peer-to-peer learning and partnerships with established resources in the entrepreneurship ecosystem are the primary focus areas. Ignite! maximizes the value of social learning and peer mentorship, and provides networking opportunities in an engaged yet informal setting.

The new season begins on March 13th. The schedule of topics is as follows:

March 13, 2019 (6pm)
Legal and Tax Considerations for Your Small Business

Sean Ganley, Thompson Hine, LLP
Danielle Hayden, Kickstart Accounting

March 27, 2019 (6pm)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Business

Liza Studebaker, Liza Sue Productions

April 10, 2019 (6pm)
Building and Growing Your Food Business

Zach Rheinberger & Eric Diamond, Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen
James Sanders, Heartwood Roastery
Ronald Nelson, The Food Buggy

April 24, 2019 (6pm)
Finance For Small Business

Jasmine Dixon, ECDI (Economic Community Development Institute)

Ignite sessions include light food and drink. A $10 donation is suggested with nobody turned away.

Updates will be posted to Ingenuity’s website and Facebook page.

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 2019: Dreamscapes, which will create a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 27-29.

WinterActive Collaboration with Brite Winter and Arts Van Aken!

Ingenuity is proud to support a Request for Proposals issued by Brite Winter and Arts Van Aken (AVA), the arts-based placemaking initiative of Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC). We are seeking proposals from local and regional artists for the inaugural Winteractive, a free outdoor exhibition of interactive light art to be installed in and around the Van Aken District in February of 2019. Artists and designers are encouraged to submit ideas that use light-based contemporary sculptures and installations to bring the community together for an opportunity to interact with each other and the District during the coldest, darkest month of the year.
Up to five art installations will be accepted, with a focus on light as a primary medium and whose work creates opportunities for viewers to become participants in the exhibition. Whether a viewer can manipulate the artwork, or the artwork manipulates the viewer’s experience of space, some form of interactivity will be sought in the chosen works. Such encounters should support the notion of an inclusive, democratic space that connects and engages people of every demographic in Shaker Heights and its surrounding communities.
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