Ingenuity Announces Featured Works for 13th Annual IngenuityFest, September 22-24, 2017


For Immediate Release


Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland


Ingenuity Announces Featured Works for 13th Annual IngenuityFest, September 22-24, 2017

Cleveland, OH (August 16, 2017) Ingenuity announced earlier this year that the 13th annual festival will once again take place at at IngenuityLabs and the Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue in St Clair Superior. IngenuityFest is a three-day, large-scale festival of creativity and innovation, offering dance performances, interactive art installations, maker activities, live music, artisan vendors, local food and more.

Admittance to the Festival is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets to IngenuityFest are on sale now at

“Seeing the response to our new location in Saint Clair Superior and the growing Hamilton Collaborative has been tremendous,” says Emily Appelbaum, Ingenuity’s Artistic Director. “This year, many of the Collaborative’s members will be exhibiting, in addition to a new cohort of IngenuityLabs incubator tenants. Beyond that, we’re thrilled with the array of projects from local artists and beyond!”

Featured works include:

Leaping Off the Wall: an artistic collaboration between Ingenuity and MorrisonDance, this is dance in three dimensions that takes a leap. “Belay-rinas” will ascend and descend from a specially-built vertical dance wall amid the work of projection artist Kevin Jackson. This project is presented with special thanks to Salina Bartunek-Andrews (climbing champion-competitive athlete-broadway dancer-American Gladiator), Lee Zickel (formerly of Cleveland Rock Gym), and a grant from Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Next program.

Mecanique Biotique and Closed Loop: working in collaboration with Rust Belt Riders, Ingenuity with present a veritable forest of sustainable technologies, blooming from the erstwhile scrapyard on the Festival site. Come learn about Rust Belt Rider’s eco-friendly composting, aquaponics and waste management techniques, see the rebirth of a teaching garden from a former industrial site, and try your hand at an array of metalworking techniques at the Forest Foundry. Visit welder Brad Civic and Ryan Odo’s Geometric Resonance, and work with an array of local sculptors under the direction of Elizabeth Meadows, Full Metal Florist, to help grow a metal sculpture garden built from scrap.

Makers Mecca: featuring Cleveland Makers old and new, including a sustainable fashion show and hands-on activities for young and the young at heart!

Breakwall by Megan Young and Kix Nicole: an intriguing, participatory sonic landscape in which the body is instrument and actions are amplified into a hypnotic wave-like score.

ARTchiTECHtonica: featuring fine art and site-specifics installations, including the art of Nathan J Wasserbauer, CIA graduate and SUNY professor of fine art.

IngenuityLabs: aimed at supporting and encouraging collaboration among artisans, technology innovators and entrepreneurs working in Cleveland. The growing incubator program provides tools, space and networking opportunities with an eye toward broader efforts to attract and retain talent, promote a culture of arts and creativity; build spaces for technological innovation; foster entrepreneurship, especially among traditionally excluded populations; and connect local entrepreneurs with area youth and young adults.

2017 IngenuityLabs incubator members include:

Martin Krebs Multimedia (mixed media industrial fabrication)

Andrew Kaletta Statuary (concrete casting for sculpture and custom lighting fixtures)

Biro Wood Company (laminated wood and carbon fiber engineering)

Trademark Stylehouse (screenprinting and custom garment-making)

AstroCelt (multimedia production company combining costume, music, dance, original video)

Art is our Refuge by Negative Space (program for refugee artists working in various media)

New Works by Megan Young and Kix Nicole (new media and digital interactive works)

Tiny Home by Tom Morledge (refurbishment of a 32’ bus into a rolling abode)

Initiate Studios by Michele Crawford (creative programming and design education outreach)


About Ingenuity Cleveland:

Ingenuity ignites the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with immersive and innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships and events, including our annual IngenuityFest.


Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization now entering its 13th season and is funded by The Educational Foundation of America, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, Forest City Enterprises, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Cleveland Scene as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals.

About the Hamilton Collaborative:

The Hamilton Collaborative redefines growth and innovation as an open and intentional community, managed cooperatively, providing resources, knowledge, tools and space.

Built by a group of likeminded organizations transforming the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in St Clair Superior into an outward-facing community hub, it currently comprises Ingenuity Cleveland, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rust Belt Riders, Rebuilders Xchange, Architecture Office, 3 Barn Doors and MorrisonDance.