Press Release: Ingenuity Announces Featured Programming for 14th Annual IngenuityFest


For Immediate Release – 8/15/18

Hannah Maier,
Marketing & Development Manager
216-589-9444 x402


Ingenuity Announces Featured Programming for 14th Annual IngenuityFest: FuturePast, September 28-30, 2018

Cleveland, OH (August 15, 2018) Ingenuity Cleveland announced earlier this year that the 14th annual IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast will again take place at 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.

This year’s Festival highlights the work of The Ingeneers, Ingenuity’s volunteer-driven artist community who meet every week in the space to imagine and have created the colorful mash-ups of historical themes and eras that will greet visitors throughout the festival.

Ingenuity’s Artistic Director, Emily Appelbaum, said the following about this year’s programming, “The FuturePast theme was chosen to celebrate innovation throughout the ages and the great thinkers who have pushed the boundaries of imagination. This year’s Fest creates a retro-futuristic dreamscape, with areas like Lava Lounge and Dino’s Den (complete with archeology pit), the Time Traveler’s Tavern, and Future Fronteirs. The Hamilton Collaborative will come alive with the hum of imagination from hundreds of creators, as well as the dozen permanent creative businesses who call the collaborative home.”

IngenuityFest 2018 also welcomes favorite artists and villages from Festivals past, and is especially excited to feature:

Squonk Opera, returning to IngenuityFest with Pneumatica spectacular: an event all about air, while live original music that permeates the surrounding air, inflatables pump up and immerse the audience. As the Squnokers play their instruments, tentacles and other spectacles grow to form the 40-foot tall Lady Pneumatica.

OSHUN, an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.

A myriad of dance types from local groups and site-specific works created for the multi-surface sculptural Tesseract stage, including Changing Landscapes: an artistic collaboration between Ingenuity and MorrisonDance, and the continuation of the groundbreaking 2017 IngenuityFest collaboration, Leaping Off the Wall.

New youth programming including youth vendors from the Young Entrepreneurs Institute, and the Ingenuity Unplugged Trading Post, where young voyagers can plan their journey, craft the accoutrements needed for time travel, visit kid-friendly vendors, or take a much-needed break in a kid-friendly quiet zone.

IngenuityLabs, our growing incubator providing tools, space and networking opportunities with an eye toward fostering entrepreneurship, especially among traditionally excluded populations, and connecting local entrepreneurs with the region’s young adults.

Projects from more than a dozen 2018 IngenuityLabs incubator members will be featured, including our newest additions:
MAYA project by Dave Biro/Cleveland Design Studios
Tesla Orchestra
Matthew Hummel and Nate Clark Fire Arts
Ronald Nelson Mobile Food Trailers
Makers Alliance
Fire and Light Performing Arts
Madeline Finn Music
Heyman Productions by Ryan Kinney

IngenuityFest: FuturePast will also continue to showcase sustainability initiatives, including Mechanique Biotique, the rebirth of a former scrapyard onsite, now a blooming teaching garden, in partnership with Rust Belt Riders. We feature bike parking and activities from local groups, and strive toward zero waste in all our activities.

Admittance to the Festival is $5 for a one-day pass and $10 for the weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets to IngenuityFest are on sale now at


About Ingenuity Cleveland:

Ingenuity ignites the creative spark of creativity among artists, entrepreneurs & innovators of all types through joy and collaboration, in service to civic progress.

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.

Ingenuity Cabaret: Featuring YOU!

SPREAD THE WORD! Each year, we provide the opportunity for Ingenuity’s most important performers – YOU – to get up on stage and share their stuff. Everyone from comedians to mimes, DJs to cantankerous puppets . . . and after dark, we’ll get a little more daring for those with a later bedtime.

If you have an act to share, or if your interested in hosting, let us know! Our hosts/emcees keep the crowd entertained between acts, keep the show running on time, and may even entertain audience s with a few impromptu games. Performers may propose all sorts of acts, as long as they are off beat and awesome!

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PRESS RELEASE: IngenuityFest 2018: Future Past

Hannah Maier
Marketing and Development Manager, Ingenuity Cleveland
216.589.9444 x402


IngenuityFest 2018 is September 28-30 at the Hamilton Collaborative in St. Clair Superior!
Local Makers, Artists, and Vendors can still join the spectacle!

July 26, 2018 – (Cleveland, OH) Ingenuity’s 13th annual IngenuityFest will once again welcome thousands of visitors to the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Avenue) in St. Clair-Superior, September 28-30, 2018. The festival will present a range of performances and activities including dance, music, interactive exhibits, hands-on maker activities, local vendors, and more. In addition, a new cohort of IngenuityLabs projects, incubating artists and entrepreneurs on site, will be showcased. Offerings from local food vendors and Cleveland breweries will be available.  Admission to the event is $5 per day or $10 for the weekend for adults. The festival is free to kids 12 and under.

This year, Ingenuity’s theme of “FuturePast” celebrates the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive toward progress, forging a reimagined future. It will feature a mash-up of old-school technology and a newfound emphasis on community & localism, plus glimpses into the future as it was envisioned at various points throughout the ages. It is a homecoming in many ways, celebrating a former industrial facility reawakening with new art and manufacturing, whimsical ideation, and a hum of imagination from the many renaissance thinkers who call the Hamilton Collaborative home. It will feature new festival villages such as The Great Hall of Ages, as well as previous favorites: IndusTree Alley, Makers Mecca, ARTchiTECHtonica, Forest Foundry, Music Meadow and more.

Ingenuity is celebrating the completion of its first full year in the Hamilton Collaborative, a maker hub and co-working space that serves the entire community with programming and educational opportunities for children and adults. In 2018, Ingenuity will continue to work with collaborative members to build offerings. In partnership with Rust Belt Riders, a Hamilton Collaborative member and  graduate of the first IngenuityLabs cohort, Ingenuity will showcase the conversion of a 2-acre former scrapyard into a teaching garden and sustainable demonstration site. Other Collaborative members include Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rebuilders Xchange, MorrisonDance, and Architecture Office and 3 Barn Doors.

This year’s festival will enjoy a special focus on dance offerings, with a stage dedicated to various forms of movement, including the multi-disciplinary works of Fire and Light Performing Arts, a brand new vertical dance collaboration with MorrisonDance building on 2017’s Leaping Off The Wall, and a variety of opportunities inviting festival-goers to participate in movement activities.

Applications are still being accepted:  Artists and makers may propose projects at Food, Business and Artisan vendors should apply at A separate application is available for IngenuityLabs, offering space and access to tools, resources and materials for the summer and beyond at All applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are archived for future opportunities.

Volunteers may join us by visiting at Interested participants may also sign up to join or receive more information about the weekly volunteer-driven group The Ingeneers by Signing Up Here (

Tickets are on sale now at

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

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 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 @ See below for work by more artists!