Ingenuity’s annual Bal fundraiser is an affordable and slightly off-kilter gala unlike anything else in town! Once known as the Bal Ingenieux, the yearly spring event now boasts a different theme with each incarnation, featuring the region’s artists, makers, and creatives while paying homage to Cleveland’s exclusive arts club that dominated modernist arts in the city from the 1910s until the 1940s. The Kokoon Club’s annual “Bal Masque” challenged artistic norms with the most unconventional parties around.
Today, the Bal supports Ingenuity’s year-round programming in an exciting and creative way. Bal attendees can expect to experience one-of-a-kind immersive artwork, live music and performance, local food and drink, all while contributing to the creation of a year-round center for innovation that supports creative entrepreneurs and welcomes the entire community with open doors.
THIS YEAR'S BAL INCLUDES:
Headlining performances from Gumbo Dance Party and Tesla Orchestra
Pop-up cirque, dance performances, aerialists & more!
Roller Disco provided by Rink in a Box/Rollin' Buckeyez Foundation
Heavy apps, plus complimentary beverages
Sneak-peak, in-progress festival installations and hands-on activities!
2022 Bal details
Let's get the bal rollin' for Expo: INgenuity
It's that time of year - Ingenuity is on the brain! As we get ready to re-open the doors for our first FULL festival in two years (IngenuityFest 2022 is Expo: Ingenuity, September 23-25) We're thrilled to invite you for a special preview night filled with dancing and drinks, music and much delight, complete with our own in-house roller disco provided by Rollin'Buckeyez Foundation and tropical vibes from Rey Cintron & his Latin Jazz Band, DJ Red-I and Gumbo Dance Party!
PLUS! It wouldn't be Ingenuity if there weren't a few surprises, including hands-on maker demonstration in wood & metal fabrication, Tesla coils, large-scale art installations and circus to spare!
The Dreamer's Bal
This surreal creation of a living daydream took place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at IngenuityLabs. Attendees of The Dreamer's Bal stepped into an ethereal landscape of their subconscious hopes and aspirations that sit latent or ignored, brought to fruition by larger-than-life art installations, immersive music, and dance performances, and experiences that rivaled their wildest dreams.
The Time Traveler's Bal
Time Traveler’s Bal invited visitors through the lab of a mad scientists, exploded and abandoned but still buzzing with the wanderlust to traverse the ages. Guests stepped through the malfunctioning erstwhile time machine into a mishmash of historical periods from landscapes teeming with dinosaurs to the current day and even a Jetson's-esque interstellar future.
Bal: Aquatique was a magical combination of art, performance, and discovery, celebrating Cleveland’s creative landscape. The event was our first program to open up the second floor at the new Hamilton Collaborative, where it once again channeled the spirit of the Kokoon Arts Club, while raising awareness for water-centered innovation in our region!
Bal Ingénieux 2016 took place on June 6 at the historic former Tenk Machine Co., now operated by Tenk West Bank. The Enchanted Forest theme enlivened the Tenk Building over 20,000 square feet of programming in 5 rooms.