Our Thoughts Go Out to Jeff Chiplis

Our thoughts go out to Jeff Chiplis, a talent artist and friend of Ingenuity.  Jeff was shot twice while walking back to his home in Tremont from the Flats last weekend.  Jeff’s work using neon tubes has been gained international attention.  He created the iconic Ingenuity neon sign that so many people enjoyed at Ingenuity events through the years.

There is a pretty thorough round up about what happened to Jeff and his recovery at Walking on Thin Ice.

Get well soon Jeff!

Bloggers on The Bridge Tomorrow

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the official blogger tour of the Detroit Superior Bridge.

Saturday, April 17 at 10 am.

James Levin, the artistic director, will be conducting the tour and answering any questions you have. Feel free to be bring cameras or other recording devices. We’ll also have the Executive Director, Paula Grooms along and some board members as well.

The tour usually takes about an hour and a half and there’s a lot of walking so come prepared for that.

We’ll be entering the bridge from the West Side. You can park at the Engineers Service Garage on the Superior Viaduct, across from St Malachai Church — see the map below.

If you haven’t RSVP’d, please do at jkrouse@ingenuitycleveland.org

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Ingenuity Creators Opportunity at ShowCASE

Ingenuity Artists / Creators Invited to the CWRU Research ShowCASE
Special Tour and Potential Collaborations
Thursday April 15, 2010 10:00 AM to 3PM
Tour at 10:00 AM

Calling all creators! Artists, Musicians, Inventors, Writers, Poets and all of the ingenious fans and participants of Ingenuity. Is there a science to art? Is there an art to science? Are there magic formulas yet to be invented, partnerships between all kinds of creators to be discovered and nurtured? At Ingenuity, we certainly think so, and here is a unique opportunity for all of us to find out.

Ingenuity is partnering with the CASE Research Showcase, on Thursday, April 15, at the Veale Convocations Center on the CWRU campus, to help bring artists and scientists, researchers, engineers, and others together to stir the mix and find out what happens.

Hundreds of CASE researchers, scientists and scholars will come together for a day of collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Exhibits of real-world applications, critical insights, and creative and intellectual activities will be on view highlighting the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research at Case. We want our artistic creative community to enter the mix and see what happens.

View the list of ShowCASE exhibitors here.

What might happen?

  • Exposure to worlds not often accessible proves engaging, surprising, and fun.
  • Artists discover new ideas, concepts, and tools which may insinuate themselves into their thinking and creative process.
  • Illuminating, intriguing, even provocative conversations among artists, scientists and scholars stimulate thinking in new and creative directions — researchers may see their work through artists eyes….a different and welcome perspective.
  • Scientists and researchers discover that artists — innate masters of communication — can help express their works to a broader public in ways they would never imagine.
  • Serendipitous personal connections blossom into rewarding collaborations
  • And who knows what else?

CASE and Ingenuity are setting a goal of facilitating at least three productive collaborations between Ingenuity’s ingenious “creators” and CASE’s brilliant research, science, and engineering community. If we can make them happen, these collaborations will be portrayed at both Ingenuity in the fall (if possible) and at the CASE Showcase 2011! And both CASE and Ingenuity are willing help to make it happen, though with this all being so new to both us, we will figure that out as we go.

CASE Research Showcase presenters will know you are coming. You will be free to browse all day, but we think you will enjoy special tour is set for 10:00 AM.

And even if you do not consider yourself a “creator” the event is free and open to the public.

Interested? Great! All that you have to do is RSVP here and show up at the Veale Convocation Center for a tour at 10 AM. Click here for map and directions. If you can’t make the tour, you’re free to attend the event all day, but please RSVP so we know who was there.

Questions or Concerns? Contact: dana@ingenuitycleveland.org or call 216-589-9444

From the PD: Team NEO study projects economic boost from Ingenuityfest, Gordon Square Arts District

Julie Washington wrote a terrific piece on the economic boost from arts events.  We had put out a press release on the TeamNEO study and are delighted to see that Washington included information on other Cleveland arts organizations.  It’s also great to see the comments.  While comments tend to veer into soapbox territory, some are truly insightful.   Here’s one from ‘Peet’

Ingenuity Fest is a bigger key to the growth of the whole city than most people realize. It’s new location inside the Detroit-Superior Bridge makes it unique in the world. If you invited someone from New York, Los Angeles, D.C. or even Japan to come see it, they would leave amazed and tell their friends about how crazy awesome Cleveland is.

Thanks Peet.  We think you’re crazy awesome!  So invite some of those friends from New York, Los Angeles, & DC.  Or Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus…

A Town Called Panic (?)

No, it’s not the latest commentary on Cleveland. It’s a lovely animated film at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. We liked it so much that we decided to become a Community Sponsor. What does A Town Called Panic have to do with Ingenuity? Do we really have to answer that question? Ingenuity is about bringing to light work that is rarely or never seen. This is a work by two animators that are very popular in Europe but are never screened here. Now’s your chance Cleveland!

We’ll be there on March 27th and 28th and you should be too! Read more about it here at the CIFF website.

Check out Kenneth Turan’s review of the film:

A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)

Parachuting cows, snowball-throwing penguin machines, tidal waves, exploding houses, and pilfering sea creatures. If that doesn’t intrigue you, what else will? Such is A TOWN CALLED PANIC, the imagination-come-to-life of creative masterminds Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. A true adventure story of three improbable plastic friends — Horse, Cowboy, and Indian — this French film cleverly employs the use of stop-motion animation to create a visual playground for adults and children alike. This delightfully odd comedy begins as Cowboy and Indian devise a haphazard plan for Horse’s birthday, in which everything that can go wrong does just that. Inevitably, the three friends lose their house and must journey through a parallel universe to take it back from the sneaky undersea hellions that stole it. Along the way they are continuously met with hilarious obstacles in which both their bravery and resilience are put to the test. A TOWN CALLED PANIC is a film you won’t be able to look away from and its wacky amusement will leave you smiling well past leaving the theater. (In French with subtitles) – M.M.

Brite Winter Festival – Saturday, February 27, 2010, 5-10pm

Brite Winter Festival Saturday, February 27, 2010, 5-10pm

Forecast: 30 F and snowy.  Perfect for a winter festival

Join us as we celebrate winter in Cleveland (yes, you heard that right, we’re celebrating – take that Forbes!) at the Brite Winter Festival on Saturday from 5 – 10pm in the Flats!

Cleveland bands, Cleveland sponsors, Cleveland food, Cleveland Plays, Cleveland neighborhood and community groups, and Cleveland artists make this event, well, very Cleveland.  And that’s a very good thing.

There is honestly too much being offered to go into in this short blurb, but here are the highlights:

Music: This Moment in Black History with the Uncanny Xe La and The Hot Rails.

Art: Lots of local artists displaying and creating all sorts of cool stuff, including a BlowUp PopUp Chill Dome.  What is that, you ask?

Fire: Self-explanatory and totally necessary

Food: Warm drinks and eats from Gypsy Bean Coffee & Baking.  Italian goodness and cheap booze from Sainato’s Restaurant.

Sporting fun: Cornhole organized by Cleveland Plays, giant skeeball, ice bocce ball, chalkboard graffiti, Bridge War snowball fight reenactment.

For more details, visit us at www.britewintercleveland.wordpress.com or on Facebook.

Stay warm and be cool in The Best Location in the Nation at Brite Winter Festival.  Hope to see you there!

The nitty-gritty:

The FREE festival will take place at the corner of Columbus and Merwin on the East Bank of the Flats at Hart Crane Memorial Park, near Hoopple’s and the lift bridge.  For a map and directions, click here.  Parking is $1 at the lot on the corner of Columbus and Center.  Flat Iron Café will be running a shuttle bus to and from the event and around the Flats.  The event runs from 5pm until 10pm.

Presented by Pop Up City, CWRU graduate and professional students, the Ohio Canal Corridor, Sainato’s Restaurant, and the Flats-Oxbow Association.