Cleveland Food Featured on Marketplace

NPR listeners may have caught the story on Marketplace last week about the Cleveland food scene. A kind of ‘better than you’d think’ tone to the whole thing. Then again, it is better than you think. Hat’s off to all the innovative work going on in the culinary food scene around town. It’s another good thing happening  in Cleveland. From the report:

Kai Ryssdal: Here’s one of those recession-related conundrums that makes covering the economy so interesting: At the same time that many Americans are eating in more — or if they do go out it’s straight to the McDonald’s dollar menu — there are an amazing number of high-end restaurants opening and succeeding. A lot of them in places that have been clobbered by a falling economy. Places like Cleveland, Ohio. Dan Bobkoff of WCPN has more.

You can read the whole transcript or listen to the report here: Marketplace

2010 Call to Artists Up!

Our 2010 Call to Artists page is up and running.  View it here: Link

Pass it around to anyone creative you know and let’s get some great ideas going for Ingenuity 2010!

Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs

This is a very cool talk that highlights what can happen when science, medicine and art come together.  Mullins turns the idea of disability on its head and has redefined her missing legs around the needs of her life rather than the other way around.

From TED.com:

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs — she’s got a dozen amazing pairs — and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height … Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

Cool History on Veteran's Memorial Bridge

Over at The Cool HIstory of Cleveland, Tech Czar’s written terrific mini-history of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge — the site of next year’s festival.  The post quotes extensively from a book devoted to the history of the bridge titled appropriately: The History of Veterans Memorial Bridge (90th Anniversary Edition) by William E. Beyer.

It’s really interesting to look at the post-card images and see what’s changed and what hasn’t.  If you made it to the 2009 Bridge Project, look at where the trains once emerged from the lower-level of the bridge and became part of the street-scape.  One interesting thing for me was how entangled the landscape looked even back then.  The bridge actually extends over another bridge underneath it.

Looking at the bridge from both the outside and the inside, many people mistakenly think the bridge was built as part of a WPA project in the 1930’s or that it was part of the Robert Moses driven boom in bridges and tunnels.  But it was built in 1917 which predates all of that by more than a decade.

From the post:

The Veterans Memorial Bridge, or the Detroit-Superior Bridge, opened for traffic on Thanksgiving Day in 1917. It was the City’s first “high-level bridge” over the Cuyahoga River. It was designed and built to relieve the significant traffic congestion on the Superior Viaduct. The bridge, in fact, carries two decks. The top deck for car traffic and the bottom deck was built for streetcar traffic. Unfortunately, the second deck has been closed. But at one time it carried some really stunning streetcars underground – only to “pop” back-up on Superior Avenue or Detroit Avenue.

See many more photos and read more here:  The Cool History of Cleveland

IngenuityFest Moves to Veterans Memorial Bridge in September of 2010

CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 18, 2009) – Cleveland’s cutting edge festival of arts, music, and technology will be held in 2010 from September 24th to 26th.  This new time for the festival, traditionally held in the summer, will coincide with a new location:  the lower level of Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge, which carries Ohio Routes 6 and 20 over the Cuyahoga River.  More information on the festival can be found at www.ingenuitycleveland.com.
This move follows the successful 2009 Bridge Project, a pilot version of the bridge-based festival co-presented last September by IngenuityFest, Kent State University Urban Collaborative, Flats Oxbow and All Go Signs.  The strong, positive response to this pilot convinced IngenuityFest’s leadership that a full-scale event in the lower level of the bridge and the subway tunnels on either side would attract a wider audience, provide a sheltered space from the weather, and open a new venue in the city for future development.
“People who came down for the bridge project were exhilarated by this completely unique space above the river,” said Paula Grooms, the festival’s newly appointed executive director. “Bringing the entire festival in September allows us to build on our past success and gives audiences and artists a chance to explore a new space in the city.”
Since its launch in 2005, festival leaders have made a point of presenting the annual event in different parts of downtown Cleveland. As it did in years past with the Lower Euclid, Lower Prospect and Playhouse Square neighborhoods, IngenuityFest will fill the bridge venue’s shadowy niches, and cavernous tunnel spaces, with exciting high-tech artistic activity, and introduce visitors to a breathtaking open-air colonnade revealing must-see views of Cleveland’s spires and the river below.
“The bridge really redefines Ingenuity as a festival not just unique in Cleveland, but in the world:  there is no other event that brings together art, music, technology, business, and urban landscapes quite like this,” said Founder/Artistic Director James Levin. “We want people to come down in September, explore this space, have fun with family and friends and discover something new about the city.”
The September 2010 dates represent another alteration for IngenuityFest, which has taken place in July for several years. Said Grooms, “We’re changing the festival to a fall event to attract students and to encourage participation by colleges and universities in the region through special curriculum programs and internships.”
IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to annual presentations of Northeast Ohio’s and the world’s most creative and innovative work and to fostering new, imaginative collaborations between the region’s arts and technology sectors.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 18, 2009) – Cleveland’s cutting edge festival of arts, music, and technology will be held in 2010 from September 24th to 26th.  This new time for the festival, traditionally held in the summer, will coincide with a new location:  the lower level of Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge, which carries Ohio Routes 6 and 20 over the Cuyahoga River.  More information on the festival can be found at www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

This move follows the successful 2009 Bridge Project, a pilot version of the bridge-based festival co-presented last September by IngenuityFest, Kent State University Urban Collaborative, Flats Oxbow and All Go Signs.  The strong, positive response to this pilot convinced IngenuityFest’s leadership that a full-scale event in the lower level of the bridge and the subway tunnels on either side would attract a wider audience, provide a sheltered space from the weather, and open a new venue in the city for future development.

“People who came down for the bridge project were exhilarated by this completely unique space above the river,” said Paula Grooms, the festival’s newly appointed executive director. “Bringing the entire festival in September allows us to build on our past success and gives audiences and artists a chance to explore a new space in the city.”

Since its launch in 2005, festival leaders have made a point of presenting the annual event in different parts of downtown Cleveland. As it did in years past with the Lower Euclid, Lower Prospect and Playhouse Square neighborhoods, IngenuityFest will fill the bridge venue’s shadowy niches, and cavernous tunnel spaces, with exciting high-tech artistic activity, and introduce visitors to a breathtaking open-air colonnade revealing must-see views of Cleveland’s spires and the river below.

“The bridge really redefines Ingenuity as a festival not just unique in Cleveland, but in the world:  there is no other event that brings together art, music, technology, business, and urban landscapes quite like this,” said Founder/Artistic Director James Levin. “We want people to come down in September, explore this space, have fun with family and friends and discover something new about the city.”

The September 2010 dates represent another alteration for IngenuityFest, which has taken place in July for several years. Said Grooms, “We’re changing the festival to a fall event to attract students and to encourage participation by colleges and universities in the region through special curriculum programs and internships.”

IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to annual presentations of Northeast Ohio’s and the world’s most creative and innovative work and to fostering new, imaginative collaborations between the region’s arts and technology sectors.

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Photography of the 2009 Bridge Project is available here at http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com/photography

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IngenuityFest Expands Leadership Team

Paula Grooms Appointed Executive Director; James Levin Artistic Director

CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 18, 2009) –IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, announced today an expansion of its leadership team. The new team will consist of Founder/Artistic Director James Levin and newly appointed Executive Director Paula Grooms . Cleveland architect Doug Hoffman will lead IngenuityFest in his new role as board chairman. The new positions will allow Levin to focus on the artistic vision of the organization while Grooms focuses on the business and administrative goals.
“Paula has a very strong sense of marketing, sponsorships and financial viability, all key components in the organization’s near future,” said Levin, who established the festival in 2004 with Thomas Mulready and in recent years had served as both executive and artistic director. “Her taking over such administrative functions as budget and corporate fund-raising allows me to focus on the programming of the festival, the aspect that I enjoy most.”
Grooms, who has been involved with IngenuityFest almost from the beginning as outside consultant, board director and, since 2007, managing director, will provide administrative continuity and experience as Levin divides his time between the festival and his new duties as director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Wooster.
“With strong fiscal management I am confident that we can throw a world-class festival even during these challenging economic times,” Grooms said, “We are continuing our drive to retire debt; we have retired about $70,000 in debt during the past two years. And this has been achieve while creating a long-term strategy for growth over the next three to five years.
IngenuityFest’s exciting next phase will be overseen by Hoffman, a principal in the architecture firm of Weber Murphy Fox whom Levin calls a “dream leader” for a cutting-edge nonprofit organization. Hoffman said he’s pleased to lead the board specifically because he believes in Levin’s vision of a unique festival that merges the best Cleveland has to offer in art, music and technology.
“Our long-term goals include expanding Ingenuity from a three-day, once-a-year event to hosting multiple events at multiple sites, promoting educational opportunities for young entrepreneurs, forging links between technological innovators and artists, and generally providing positive exposure and a creative outlet for the otherwise hidden talent in this community and the broader region,” Hoffman said.
“The dollars invested in Ingenuity are recycled again and again in the arts and culture of Northeast Ohio,” he added. “This festival truly embraces and showcases the creativity within our community and challenges artists, musicians and technology innovators to collaborate, invent and genuinely inspire a whole new generation of Clevelanders.”
IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to annual presentations of Northeast Ohio’s and the world’s most creative and innovative work and to fostering new, imaginative collaborations between the region’s arts and technology sectors. The 2010 festival from September 24th to 26th in the lower level of Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge, which carries Ohio Routes 6 and 20 over the Cuyahoga River. More information on the festival can be found at www.ingenuitycleveland.com.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 18, 2009) –IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, announced today an expansion of its leadership team. The new team will consist of Founder/Artistic Director James Levin and newly appointed Executive Director Paula Grooms . Cleveland architect Doug Hoffman will lead IngenuityFest in his new role as board chairman. The new positions will allow Levin to focus on the artistic vision of the organization while Grooms focuses on the business and administrative goals.

“Paula has a very strong sense of marketing, sponsorships and financial viability, all key components in the organization’s near future,” said Levin, who established the festival in 2004 with Thomas Mulready and in recent years had served as both executive and artistic director. “Her taking over such administrative functions as budget and corporate fund-raising allows me to focus on the programming of the festival, the aspect that I enjoy most.”

Grooms, who has been involved with IngenuityFest almost from the beginning as outside consultant, board director and, since 2007, managing director, will provide administrative continuity and experience as Levin divides his time between the festival and his new duties as director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Wooster.

“With strong fiscal management I am confident that we can throw a world-class festival even during these challenging economic times,” Grooms said, “We are continuing our drive to retire debt; we have retired about $70,000 in debt during the past two years. And this has been achieve while creating a long-term strategy for growth over the next three to five years.

IngenuityFest’s exciting next phase will be overseen by Hoffman, a principal in the architecture firm of Weber Murphy Fox whom Levin calls a “dream leader” for a cutting-edge nonprofit organization. Hoffman said he’s pleased to lead the board specifically because he believes in Levin’s vision of a unique festival that merges the best Cleveland has to offer in art, music and technology.

“Our long-term goals include expanding Ingenuity from a three-day, once-a-year event to hosting multiple events at multiple sites, promoting educational opportunities for young entrepreneurs, forging links between technological innovators and artists, and generally providing positive exposure and a creative outlet for the otherwise hidden talent in this community and the broader region,” Hoffman said.

“The dollars invested in Ingenuity are recycled again and again in the arts and culture of Northeast Ohio,” he added. “This festival truly embraces and showcases the creativity within our community and challenges artists, musicians and technology innovators to collaborate, invent and genuinely inspire a whole new generation of Clevelanders.”

IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to annual presentations of Northeast Ohio’s and the world’s most creative and innovative work and to fostering new, imaginative collaborations between the region’s arts and technology sectors. The 2010 festival from September 24th to 26th in the lower level of Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge, which carries Ohio Routes 6 and 20 over the Cuyahoga River. More information on the festival can be found at www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

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