IngenuityFest Welcomes Eight New Board Members

As part of strategic plan, Festival increases number of board positions

March 27, 2012 (Cleveland) – Ingenuity Cleveland announces that its board of directors has appointed eight new members.  These new members come from a wide range of professions and backgrounds reflecting the multi-faceted mission of Ingenuity to celebrate innovation and creativity in art, technology, and science.

This new wave of board appointments came as existing terms expired on the current board.  The new board member selection process was informed by Ingenuity’s 2011 strategic planning process.  This process involved interviews and discussions with stakeholders in the community and resulted in a long-term vision for the Festival and the organization.

Ingenuity’s new board members include:

  • Jeff Blackwell – President of Rogers Company
  • Dar Caldwell – Co-Founder/Marketing at Shaker LaunchHouse
  • Mike Gustafson – Partner, Technology at Rosetta
  • Arnold Hirshon – Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University
  • Erika Imre Schindler – Attorney at Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • Christopher J. Keating – Publisher of Scene Magazine
  • Bob Rose – Owner of Rose Iron Works, LLP and Rose Metal Industries, LLP
  • Eliza Wing – CEO of Wing Consulting

This class of board members comes from heavy industry, marketing, communications, and technology backgrounds,” said Douglas Hoffman, president of Ingenuity’s board of directors.  “This diverse background is important as we move to grow the Festival as an economic engine for North East Ohio.”

About Ingenuity
Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect.  By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology.

Our core values are to showcase innovation through collaboration, promote excellence, inspire and engage new audiences, and energize and transform urban environments.  Ingenuity provides the catalyst for creative connections among artists, innovators, and audiences.

Through its annual Festival, educational outreach, and awareness-building efforts, Ingenuity revitalizes and reinterprets Cleveland.

Ingenuity is made possible through the generous support of The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, and The National Endowment of the Arts as well as a wide range of partners, corporate sponsors, and private donors.  For more information on Ingenuity’s supporters, please visit

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