Ingenuity Cleveland is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ignite the creative spark among artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all types, through joy and collaboration, in service to civic progress. We work at the intersection of the arts, science, technology, health & wellness to animate Cleveland’s urban spaces and communities in a way that is empowering, boundary-pushing, and sustainable.
From 2016 to 2018, Ingenuity consulted with the City of Shaker Heights on multifaceted initiative to bring arts and entrepreneurship to Shaker’s historic Moreland neighborhood. As partners and consultants to the department of Neighborhood Revitalization, the Dealership (formerly Shaker Launchhouse) and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, our work involved issuing and administering calls for public art, building and launching the Shaker Makers program of the Dealership, and planning & implementing neighborhood gatherings around making, creativity, play, and a sense of neighborhood pride such as the Come, Play! Festival and Moreland Roll n’ Stroll.
The brainchild of visionary Kauser Ravzi, Literary Lots brings programming centered around literacy to Cleveland’s most-in-need neighborhoods. In 2019, Ingenuity partnered with Soulcraft Cleveland to produce the programming and pop-up environment which brought the season’s central book “The Wild Robot” to life. From cozy reading nooks and forest hideouts to large-scale animals and more, Ingenuity provided collaboratively created experiences that brough the 6-week event to life.
As long-time collaborators with the Brite Cleveland organization, Ingenuity expands Brite’s mission to bring light to the darkest months of Cleveland by extending the reach of Brite’s artistic programming into a months-long community-driven process of ideation, design, and collaborative creation. Working with the Brite team, Ingenuity hosts a series of workshops that stir artist imaginations, engage creatives at all levels of experience, and result in otherwordly environments that appeal to a wide audience, creating an unforgettable community experience.
Burning River & Cuyahoga 50
Ingenuity specializes in creating teams of artists who work in fire and light. For the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire, Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability partnered with the Burning River Foundation and dozens of organizations to create a full weekend of experience. Ingenuity provided projection mapping and custom-built waterborne flame effects, visible from the Historic Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.
Programming on Public Square
Ingenuity curated a range of kid-friendly activities ranging from creative movement classes to art activities to game design for a summer-long programming series on Cleveland’s newly redesigned public square. Additionally, Ingenuity provided costumed characters and roaming performers for various ceremonies and events.
CLE Maker City
Since our inception, Ingenuity has been a leader in Cleveland’s Maker Movement, launching Cleveland’s Mini Maker Faire in 2012. Since then we’ve partnered with Cleveland Public Library in the ongoing creative evolution of this event, programmed dozens of other maker-centric events and activities in town, and represented Cleveland nationally as a leading city for making, collaborating with area partners in response to the first ever White House Maker Faire and National Day of Making.
Currently, our support of the Maker Ecosystem is focused on supporting a diversity of makers through our IngenuityLabs Incubator, Ingeneers community, and Ignite! programming for creative entrepreneurs.
In 2013, Ingenuity Cleveland partnered with Cleveland Public Library to bring you the area’s first (Mini) Maker Faire, allowing 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. We helped the event grow and thrive through 2017. Now a full-fledged Maker Faire, the event continues to feature IngenuityLabs members, Hamilton Collaborative members, and others from our network.
Ingenuity provides a variety of services in the interconnected fields of placemaking, public art, urban planning, design & public programming. Our approach is to engage stakeholders and unite community partners and residents through creative approaches that amplify local voices, elevate artistic expression, and build a sense of ownership and pride to create lasting positive outcomes.
We deliver large-scale commissioned artworks, which can be built collaboratively by and for the communities in which they are placed; plan and implement community events start-to-finish; enliven public process through our unique approach to outreach & engagement; consult on placemaking and public art strategies and best practices; provide logistical & operations support; assist in grant writing and fundraising, and more. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about our services at firstname.lastname@example.org.