Cleveland Public Library and Ingenuity Partner on Mini Maker Faire in April

Ingenuity Cleveland is pleased to announce the area’s first Mini Maker Faire in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am – 6:00 pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave., N.E. Cleveland, OH 44114.)  This free event will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with “makers” and creators from the region’s business, non-profit, and scholastic sectors.

Ingenuity is still actively seeking participants and sponsors to exhibit, display, demonstrate, and present at the Cleveland Maker Faire.  Please visit www.makerfairecleveland.com for details.

“This event is part of our overall strategy of redefining the library as a community resource for exploration and inspiration,” said Cleveland Public Library’s Programming Director, Aaron Mason.  “The creation of TechCentral, a technology and learning center located in the Lower Level of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Main Library, was part of this initiative and fits perfectly into the Maker movement happening all over the world.”

The Maker Movement, made up of creators, inventors, crafters, and techies strives to inspire, unite, and inform while celebrating the DIY community.  Maker Faires are a celebration of the innovation and resourcefulness of the ever-growing Maker Movement.  While Maker Faires have been held in such U.S. cities as Detroit, San Francisco, and New York, the Ingenuity Mini Maker Faire will be the first of its kind in Cleveland.

“Ingenuity’s mission is to explore the space where humanity and technology meet,” said James Krouse, Ingenuity’s Artistic Director.  “Partnering on this event allows us to fulfill that mission beyond the annual festival and also work with artists, creative technologists, companies, schools, and community groups to cultivate projects on an ongoing basis.”

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Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We 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 for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our innovative outreach programs, creative partnerships, and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

IngenuityFest, entering its 9th season, is funded by The George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. Ingenuity is pleased to have the support of lead sponsor Scene Magazine, as well as NESCO Resource. The three-day Festival, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return in September 2013.

For more information, please visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

"At Last" Performance May 8 @ CPL

Don’t miss a performance of “At Last” which you can catch at the Cleveland Public Library.  Details are below and an interview with the creators to the right.

CLEVELAND CELEBRATES SOUL SISTERS

The celebration of black women’s voices takes center stage this May with the production of “At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Sisters of Soul”

Singer/songwriter Dr. Elaine Richardson – known to her fans as Dr. E – shares the stage with profound poet, spoken word artist, and author of the play, Dr. Mary Weems, in a two woman production that pays honor and tribute to the innovation and creativity of black women artists.
“At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Soul Sisters” will take place on May 8, 2010 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East Sixth and Superior Avenue. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the performance will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. The performance is open to the public, free, and no reservation is required or accepted. The seating is first-come, first-serve.

The powerful voices of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Phyllis Hyman will be invoked through the talented Dr. E, while the audience is transported through space and time via the dynamic, oral and prophetic poetic expressions of Dr. Mary Weems.

“What better way to honor the voices of Black women than through the voices of two of Cleveland’s Ohio’s finest female artists,” says Tony Sias, director of the production. “To celebrate the lives of Black women artists is to celebrate the lives of those who inspire us beyond measure. ‘At Last’ is a perfect way to show our gratitude to all the women who have helped us find our voices.” Just in time for Mother’s Day!