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IngenuityFest moves outside downtown Cleveland for 12th year

Published: August 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Ingenuity has announced our location for the 2016 Festival. After spending four years on Cleveland's lakefront, Ingenuity will be moving to the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood's former Osborne Industrial Complex (5401 Hamilton Avenue) to host the annual IngenuityFest September 23-25, 2016. This is the first time IngenuityFest will be outside downtown Cleveland in the organization's history.

The move to Saint Clair Superior signifies a continued re-imagining of Ingenuity's role in Cleveland, and a furthering of our mission to serve Cleveland's entire creative and artistic community, while promoting civic progress. When our work in downtown Cleveland first began, the city was ripe for re-development, with vacant space and empty storefronts abounding. Today, downtown has been significantly re-energized, and lacks the large-scale raw spaces which have defined Ingenuity's activities. Today, we are looking to spread our impact to surrounding neighborhoods poised for a similar rebirth. Ingenuity sees the potential to take root in the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood and have a significant impact on this emerging district, while amplifying the growing number of already existing unique maker, creative, and artistic resources.

IngenuityFest is a three-day celebration of creativity and innovation. In the past, Ingenuity has featured projects from installation art to kinetic sculpture, dance and theatre performances to technology demonstrations, and interactive maker exhibits to architecture, and everything in between. This year, we are taking advantage of a unique partnership with Hamilton Marquette LTD, and has begun conversations to engage the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood to activate the former warehouse complex with a variety of artist-driven projects leading up to the IngenuityFest, significantly focused on creating a collaborative community on-site, with long-term impact on the neighborhood. In addition to our usual exhibits, Ingenuity will be offering an expanded IngenuityLabs program, offering resources, space and assistance for artists and entrepreneurs to develop projects on site. An open call for artists, creators, inventors, and experimenters to propose projects large and small is currently available at www.ingenuitycleveland.com under the "Get Involved!" tab. Information on sponsorships and partnerships is also available.

This year, Ingenuity has chosen the theme of "Awakenings," a word which resonates with us as we start a new chapter within our organization, and with our partners in the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood and our entire region.

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About Ingenuity:

Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland's urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now entering its 12th season and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland's economy, will return in September 2016.

For more information, visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

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