Ingenuity Appoints Director of Development

Pamela McKee to Lead Ingenuity’s Fundraising for Festival and Other Programs

March 27, 2012 (Cleveland) – Ingenuity Cleveland announces the appointment of Pamela McKee as its Director of Development.  McKee will lead Ingenuity’s fundraising efforts to raise money to support the Festival as well as the organization’s year-round programs, which include education and outreach programs that highlight the creativity and innovation in the region.


McKee’s appointment is part of an overall drive to build year-round staffing for the Festival and its programming.  This effort is aimed at growing the Festival as a regional celebration with the goal that Ingenuity will become a cornerstone of economic growth for Northeast Ohio.

With a diverse background rooted in the arts as well as a wide variety of nonprofits, McKee is well equipped to articulate Ingenuity’s complex message of creativity in the arts, sciences, and technology.  She has worked in nonprofit development for over fifteen years, assisting several local arts and social service agencies with all aspects of fundraising, including annual fund, corporate giving, and foundation relations.  McKee served as director of development at both Council Gardens and Trinity Cathedral, and was the director of annual giving and alumni relations at The Cleveland Institute of Art.  In addition, she has served as a grant writer for GroundWorks DanceTheater, Arts Collinwood, and the North Union Farmers Market, and spearheaded corporate donations for this spring’s launch of Global Cleveland.  A historian of African art, McKee also teaches at Cleveland State University.

“We are very excited to welcome Pam aboard as the Director of Development,” said Paula Grooms, executive director of Ingenuity Cleveland.  “Our year-round efforts will more deeply root the Festival in the community and position us to fulfill our long-term strategic growth.”

In 2011, Ingenuity embarked on a 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.  This strategic plan directly informed the decision to appoint a year-round development director.

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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