IngenuityLabs is made up of two main components...
The IngenuityLabs Incubator: part residency, part accelerator. It allows select Ingenuity grantees access to shared shop space, shared tools, and their own studio/workshop space to launch small creative businesses and projects that serve a broad community. Additional programs, including our Ignite! workshops in skills like marketing and grant writing, as well as periodic open-houses, are considered integral to the program.
Space and participation is available to creatives of all stripes – artisans, entrepreneurs, start-ups and more – through an application process. Our program uniquely serves creatives who are looking to make a community impact through their art form and is ideal for artists looking to make use of our unique industrial space, entrepreneurs looking to scale up, and new projects that make unique use of our unique environment for cross-pollination. We emphasize outward-facing, scalable, collaborative innovation.
Our initial cohorts of artisans, entrepreneurs, and start-ups have helped shape our understanding of our program's unique potential for collaboration and cross-pollination. Special consideration was given to projects with a focus on interdisciplinary works, community outreach, and civic progress.
The IngenuityLabs Membership: gives artists and creatives access to a personal locker in which to store tools, small equipment, etc., access to our shared shop space and certain tools (pending training) and 24/7 access to our IngenuityLabs space.
IngenuityLabs is also where we hold all of our events!
Our 40,000+ square-foot facility is called IngenuityLabs. In addition to housing the Incubator and Membership pods, it is where we host the Ingenuity Bal and IngenuityFest! Additional programs, like Neighbor Nights, work to strengthen and better serve our immediate neighborhood, creative community and beyond.
Please note that the Bal and Neighbor Nights are indefinitely posponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Expo: IngenuityFest 2020 is scheduled to take place September 25th-27th 2020 at the Hamilton Collaborative in Saint Clair Superior. The health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, partners and constituents remains our first priority. The team at Ingenuity is closely monitoring the pandemic as we near the festival dates.
Any updates such as postponements, cancellations or otherwise will be publicized through our website, social media channels, and our newsletter. We appreciate your patience and support during these uncertain and challenging times.