Station Hope 2020

A Virtual Celebration of Hope. A Dialogue for Change.

June 27, 2020

6:00-9:00pm (ET)

Station Hope—this year, a virtual festival—is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with local artists as they envision, interrogate, and seek out hope from where they are stationed. Audience members will participate virtually and witness livestreamed performances of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. CPT Staff will broadcast (safely and responsibly) from the historic grounds of Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John’s Episcopal Church.

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
Stay tuned for more information about how to participate!



SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY FROM STATION HOPE 2019


Watch the 2017 Station Hope Video


STATION HOPE

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 2020 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.



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.

Partners

Station Hope 2020 is presented in partnership with The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio & The Institute at St. John’s, Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ohio City Incorporated, and Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc. & the Cozad-Bates House, with over 30 participating arts groups and 150 individual artists from the Northeast Ohio region.

Other Leadership Supporters of Station Hope 2020 include The City of Cleveland, The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, Ohio City Incorporated, and Third Federal Savings & Loan.


SPONSORS

For information about sponsorship opportunities:

Contact Caitie H. Milcinovic
CPT Director of Organizational Advancement
216.631.2727 ext. 213 or
caitiehm@cptonline.org



STATION HOPE 2020 IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF OUR SPONSORS


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