Station Hope 2015

May 09, 2015

6:00pm-10:30pm, St. John’s Church and surrounding area, 2600 Church Street, Cleveland, OH 44113



Back for a second year, Station Hope is a free one-night-only multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, the history of St. John’s Church and contemporary struggles for freedom and justice. Staged in and around Ohio City’s historic church, Station Hope is a jubilant, immersive community event, featuring original work created by professional and community-based artists from across Northeast Ohio, working across many disciplines to address some of the most important issues of our time. Free and open to all ages.

CLICK HERE for a map and schedule of the event.

CLICK HERE for performance information.

PARKING MAP for the Day of the Event

We need your help!

Click the image or Click Here to view a mini-documentary on Station Hope! Learn more about last year’s inaugural Station Hope event, find out how to get involved, and consider contributing to our first-ever venture into “crowd-resourcing” — part crowd-funding, part resource-organizing — hosted by our friends at IOBY (In Our Back Yard), a truly community based online platform designed to support “citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects” like Station Hope.We hope the video will inspire you to give — and we mean it when we say that no gift is too small.All funds raised will go to support the artists creating the dance, theatre, music, visual art and interactive installations at Station Hope 2015.Your gift is tax-exempt, and will support the event no matter how much our crowd-funding campaign ultimately raises. This is a feature unique to IOBY, ensuring that as many dollars as possible go toward the project. Thank you in advance for joining us in this campaign — and for any size gift, you will see your name proudly displayed among our supporters.

“Station Hope is a true gathering of community and demonstrates how transformative and powerful an arts experience can be, and its potential to change the fabric of our society.”
– Hon. Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Councilman

Hon. Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Councilman’s message to the 2015 Station Hope Artists

Station Hope is presented in collaboration with Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman, St. John’s Church and The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Friends of St. John’s Church, Ohio City Incorporated, Restore Cleveland Hope and the Cozad Bates House, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland State University, and The City of Cleveland.

The event will begin at 6:00pm with the dedication of an Ohio Underground Railroad Historical Marker on site at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The dedication will be officiated by Bishop Mark Hollingsworth (Episcopal Diocese of Ohio), Cathy Nelson (Chair of Ohio Friends of Freedom Society), Ward 3 Councilman, Joe Cimperman and Congressman Louis Stokes.

St. John’s Episcopal Church was built beginning in 1836 and completed in 1838. As a church active in the Underground Railroad, St. John’s was a last stop for fleeing slaves seeking their freedom across the waters of Lake Erie, and the church’s steeple acted as a beacon of freedom. St. John’s is the oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga County.

Last year, over 2,000 people attend the inaugural Station Hope event, which featured art and performance staged in and around one of the most historically significant sites in Greater Cleveland, St. John’s Episcopal Church, or—as it was known on the Underground Railroad—“Station Hope.” Audiences tour St. John’s sanctuary, parish hall and basement to view an array of short performances of dance, theatre, storytelling and music. Visual art displays and interactive art activities permeate the event while choral performances set the atmosphere of the outdoor spaces in and around the historic church.

Station Hope 2015 will feature both new and returning artists, tackling such contemporary topics as immigration, human trafficking, gun violence, income inequality, racism and gender discrimination—alongside historically-based original works that celebrate the people and stories comprising Northeast Ohio’s Underground Railroad history.

Click Here to see the photo gallery from Station Hope 2014.

Participating Artists: STATION HOPE 2015 (**List subject to change)

Afi Scruggs
Bodwin Theatre Company
Brick City Theatre at Lakeview Terrace Estates
Cathleen O’Malley, Cleveland Public Theatre
Christine Howey
Chuck Mintz and Al Wasco
Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Staff Choir
Daniel Gray Kontar, Cleveland School of the Arts
Different Things Gallery
Deuce Dance, LLC
Djapo Cultural Arts Institute
Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble
Eve N’ Steven
Gloria Kellon and Felecia Tinker
The Greene Works Project
Holly Holsinger & Cleveland State University, Department of Theatre and Dance
Ian Petroni and Kenya Woods
Inda Blatch-Geib
Inlet Dance Theatre
Kings & Queens of Art
Kulture Kids
Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth
The Lantern Theatre
Marquez Dance Project
The Music Settlement
National Association of Black Storytelling
New Voices Cleveland and CWRU Social Justice Institute
Ohio City Theatre Project
Philip Metres
R.A. Washington
Rainey Institute
Raymond Bobgan, Cleveland Public Theatre
Restore Cleveland Hope
Robin VanLear, Cleveland Museum of Art
Roots of American Music
Sarah Paul, Cleveland Institute of Art
Teatro Publico de Cleveland
Theatre Ninjas
Without Words Movement

Thanks to our Station Hope 2015 Sponsors & Donors

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Thanks also to our donors who have given through!