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.

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 www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

Media Contact:
James Krouse
Ingenuity
jkrouse@ingenuitycleveland.org
+1 216 220 5133

Remember: Artist Walk-Through the Bridge January 22nd (This Friday)

Don’t forget, this Friday is another artist tour of the bridge.  It’s a great way to get to know the space before you make a proposal.

We will be conducting artist walkthroughs monthly. All will take place at 1:30PM. Artists can meet James Levin at the Engineers Service Garage on the Superior Viaduct, across from St Malachai Church.

Tour Dates all at 1:30 PM:

January 22
Feb 19
March 19
April 16

Our call to artist form is up as well.  If you need a hard copy, we’ll be posting a PDF download later this week.

See you on the bridge!

Help Vote Ingenuity as #1 Festival in Cleveland

We’ve got nothing against the National Hamburger Festival, but we think we’re tops when it comes to Festivals in the area. Here’s the thing…somehow we were overlooked in the nominations for Best Festival in Cleveland from Metromix! Here’s how you can help us rectify the situation:

Go to this link: http://cleveland.metromix.com/events/best-of-award/festival/1701856/content

And ‘write-in’ Ingenuity in the comments section. Or vote for the Hamburger festival. We don’t want to sway the democratic process, just keep people informed. But seriously, write-in Ingenuity.

Also, if you could include http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com in your comment so much the better. Something along the lines of “I really enjoyed the Hamburger festival, but check out ingenuitycleveland.com. Those folks know how to put on a non-hamburger festival.”

That’ll do just fine… Thanks!