Station Hope 2019

A Celebration of Hope. A Dialogue for Change.

May 04, 2019

7:00–10:00pm, St. John's in Ohio City & surrounding blocks - 2600 Church Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113


Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland's social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 250 artists as they envision, interrogate, and seek out hope on the grounds of Cleveland's first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John's Episcopal Church. Audiences explore the historic properties while viewing works of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time.

Due to the historic construction of the building, some interior spaces may not be accessible to people with limited mobility.


African American Quilt & Doll Guild; Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers; Cleveland Classical Guitar Society; CPT’s Cleveland Core Ensemble; CPT’s Brick City Theatre – Lakeview Terrace: Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority; CPT’s Brick City Theatre – Riverside Park: Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority; Cleveland Treatment Center (Let It Ride – Youth Program); The CMHA Voices; Creative Concepts in Music; India Nicole Burton & Dike School of the Arts; Goree Drum & Dance; Elaine Hullihen; Inlet Dance Theatre; Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center & Talespinner Children’s Theatre; Meredith L. King; Kings & Queens of Art; Kombilesa Asé; Kulture Kids & Shri Kalaa Mandir – Center for Indian Performing Arts; Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth; The Lantern Theatre; Ohio City Theatre Project; Praxis Fiber Workshop; Ryan Charles Ramer; Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc.; Twelve Literary Arts; Marisa Williamson, SPACES Artist-in-Residence

Station Hope Program, Map, Schedule, & Parking

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Station Hope Program

Station Hope Map & Schedule

Station Hope Parking


Station Hope on WKYC’s Donovan Live

“It’s a create your own adventure with 10 different stages. See what you want, meet new people—it’s a really incredible and meaningful time for our community… This is history. We want to recognize that history, but we also want to talk about where we are today. Let’s talk about the Underground Railroad as a lens to talk about how Cleveland can lead in areas of equity and justice.”

-Raymond Bobgan, CPT Executive Artistic Director

Click here or on the image to watch the full interview with Raymond on WKYC’s Donovan Live.

Heart, Music, and Story: Station Hope on WISH Cleveland

“Hope is not sunshine and smiles—hope is repeated, purposeful steps on this long road to change. Hope is in the day-to-day actions of individuals standing up in the face of hate and ignorance.”

-Raymond Bobgan, CPT Executive Artistic Director

Click here or on the image to read the article about Station Hope on WISH Cleveland.

WKYC’s We the People features Station Hope

“I was so inspired to see the community and the artists—everybody—come together just to share the experience. For me it was a personal experience because my ancestors came from the Southern United States up through the Underground Railroad to Nova Scotia, Canada. So for me, just looking back seven generations later, to be able to be part of an event that celebrates that is really important.”

-Obediya Jones-Darrell, Musician & Playwright with Kombilesa Asé, Station Hope artist

“Art finds you wherever you are… and it’s all igniting this conversation about, ‘how do we gather as a community and really change our world?’ (Station Hope) changes you, it ignites something new and fresh.”

-Beth Wood, Cleveland Public Theatre Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production and Line Producer of Station Hope

Click here on on the image above to watch the full interview with Obediya and Beth on WKYC’s We the People.


See the photo gallery from Station Hope 2018

Watch the 2017 Station Hope Video


One night a year, 250 artists from across Northeast Ohio inhabit historic St. John’s Episcopal Church—Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site and a beacon of freedom symbolizing the city’s social justice heritage. Station Hope addresses many of the most important issues of our time and celebrates hope through powerful theatre, spoken word, dance, music, and multimedia performances inspired by contemporary issues of freedom and justice. Audiences are invited to explore the historic buildings and surrounding grounds while visual art installations, choir performances, and other interactive activities set the atmosphere around the church.

Every year, over 2,000 people attend Station Hope, which features art and performance staged in and around St. John’s Episcopal Church. Station Hope 2019 will feature both new and returning artists, tackling such contemporary topics as immigration, education, police brutality, 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.

Volunteer at Station Hope!

CPT needs your support as we create this powerful and unique event for the sixth year.

Click here for more information
or contact NNPN Producer in Residence India Nicole Burton at or 216-631-2727 ext. 201.

Arts & Community

Residents of the nearby public housing estate at Lakeview Terrace join long-time and new residents of the Ohio City neighborhood, along with real-estate developers, arts lovers, business owners, and politicians, to make up a highly economically diverse crowd.

About St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 2600 Church Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland—known as “Station Hope” on the Underground Railroad. The oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga County, St. John’s was the last stop for freedom seekers before crossing the waters of Lake Erie, and its steeple acted as a beacon of freedom.


Station Hope 2019 is presented in partnership with The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio & The Institute at St. John’s, Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ohio City Incorporated, Graham Veysey & Marika Shioiri-Clark, Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc. & the Cozad-Bates House, and Global Cleveland with over 50 participating arts groups and 250 individual artists from the Northeast Ohio region.


Click here to view sponsors of Station Hope 2018.

For information about sponsorship opportunities:

Contact Caitie H. Milcinovic
CPT Director of Development
216.631.2727 ext. 213 or



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