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…

IngenuityBtoB: New Cleveland Clinic Eye Drug Delivery System

In our first installment of IngenuityBtoB, we interview Dr. Rishi Singh at the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. In the interview, Dr. Singh not only talks about how this innovation could save patient from painful, repeated eye injections, also talks about where his spark of ingenuity came: at a Halloween party. Thanks to The Rogers Company for its support of this episode.

The eyes are considered to be the windows to the soul and there is something beautiful and terrifying about bringing technology close.  Got a reaction?  Leave a comment below or leave a video response. We’d love to get a discussion going!

This interview is one of many that we’ll be bringing you to highlight innovation and ingenuity in Northeast Ohio. Truly you don’t have to dig deep to find it in art, business, or technology; ingenuity may be NEO’s greatest natural resource.   Our goal is to build a showcase for these innovations both to highlight ingenuity in the area and also to spark ideas across disciplines. If you have an idea for IngenuityBtoB or would like to sponsor a video, send an email to

TeamNEO Study Shows IngenuityFest Positive ROI for Cleveland

March 18, 2010 (Cleveland, OH) – A recent study conducted by TeamNEO shows that the 2009 IngenuityFest was more than a fun summer diversion; it was an economic engine for the Northeast Ohio region. According to the study, the three-day celebration of art, music, and technology brought in an estimated $1.3 million to Cuyahoga County from out-of-region visitors and $2.7 million to the City of Cleveland from non-Cleveland visitors. The study also shows a transaction total of $4.5 million indicating total money spent because of the festival from both inside and outside the area. The total budget for 2009’s festival was approximately $600,000.

“Every year our goal is to put on a world-class event for the area’s residents, but the TeamNEO study shows that our efforts have been an economic plus for the city and region as well,” says Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director. “From the perspective of our supporters and sponsors, the report definitely shows that their money has been a good investment not only in arts & culture, but in the area’s overall economy. As Ingenuity expands its role as a year round organization we are looking forward to further increasing the positive impact we have on the city and region.”

To produce the report, TeamNEO used a model developed by Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), Policy Insight, to estimate economic impacts. The NEO REMI model is custom designed and tailored to the region based on NEO specifications. The REMI model is the preeminent model of its type used widely across North America and Europe. The model takes into account a range of factors such as job creation, taxes, transportation, and lodging, as well as both consumer and business-to-business sales.

“This study shows that Ingenuity had a return on investment for the city and the region,” said Jim Robey, Vice President at TeamNEO. “This type of report can be a useful tool in helping government, business, and cultural leaders determine paths for funding in the future.”

IngenuityFest is entering its 6th season and has been funded in the past by The Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day festival this year will be held on the subway level of the Veterans Memorial / Detroit Superior Bridge September 24 -26, 2010. For more information please visit

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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 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.

Bloggers On The Bridge

Hi Cleveland Bloggers! Have you blogged about Ingenuity in the past or plan to in the future? Want a sneak peak into what’s going on at Ingenuityfest 2010? We’re inviting bloggers to take a tour of the Bridge Space with our Artistic Director James Levin and Executive Director Paula Grooms to ask questions, take photographs, poke around, send a tweet or two…we’ve even got some free t-shirts for you!

We’ll be doing this in March on a date TBD, but please (ASAP) send a note to with your name and the name of your blog for further details.