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Ingenuity Fest was held at the Northcoast Harbor and Voinovich Park.

 

October 6, 2015

Ingenuity festival 2015 showcases innovation

By Becky Raspe

Ingenuity Fest, the festival that supports the meshing of art and technology into one weekend of creativity and innovation, took place in Cleveland’s Northcoast Harbor and Voinovich Park on East 9th St. from Oct. 2 to 4.

The festival has been taking place in the downtown area since 2005 — when it was hosted in Public Square and drew a crowd of 30,000 people.

This year, Ingenuity Fest took the theme “Transitions” to signify the changes within the Ingenuity Cleveland collective and the city.

“[‘Transitions’] signifies the closing of a decade and our emergence in a new role for a changing city,” Annie Weiss, marketing manager for Ingenuity Cleveland, said. “We’ve become a year-round organization committed to deepening our ties to the artistic, innovative and service community in Cleveland.”

Ingenuity Cleveland promotes growth across sectors — including education, industry, arts and entertainment.

This is done by showcasing innovation through collaboration, promoting excellence and transforming urban environments.

“Ingenuity Fest activates underutilized urban spaces by presenting world-class programming in unexpected settings,” Weiss said. “Generally, it attracts about 40,000 people over the course of the weekend. Visitors get a pretty unique experience with dozens of interactive installations, exhibits, musical performances and more.

Even though it’s a festival with no entrance fee, it does positively impact the Northeast Ohio area.

“Ingenuity currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million each year,” Weiss said. “On a smaller, more individual scale, many partnerships have sprouted between participants because of the Festival.”

“We see this as a real community event,” Weiss added. “It’s one that’s for the community, by the community and one that celebrates the partnerships and projects we’ve worked on year-round.”

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