Station Hope

Brick City Theatre performs at Station Hope 2016.

A Celebration of Hope. A Dialogue for Change.


May 4, 2019

One Night. 250 Artists.
50 Performances. Over 3,000 Attendees.

“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.”
— Joe Cimperman, President of Global Cleveland

Click here for Information about Station Hope 2018


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 3,000 people attend Station Hope, which features art and performance staged in and around St. John’s Episcopal Church. Station Hope 2018 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 longtime 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 a last stop for fleeing slaves seeking their freedom across the waters of Lake Erie, and its steeple acted as a beacon of freedom.


Station Hope 2018 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 and over 50 participating arts groups and 250 individual artists from the Northeast Ohio region.

Volunteer at Station Hope 2018!

CPT needs your support as we create this powerful and unique event for the fifth year!

Volunteer Tasks – What do we need you to do?

First and foremost: be active and engaged in the event itself, while also helping attendees navigate the evening.

  • Check out the Event! Don’t worry – you’ll have plenty of time to experience the event yourself.
  • There are two different volunteer shifts available for the event: 5:45-8:30pm and 8:15-11pm.

Specifically, volunteer duties will break down as follows:

  • Ushers – Help monitor traffic flow and answer questions, direct attendees to particular venues along with our CPT House Management Staff
  • Parking/Outdoor Support – Direct attendees to parking areas and event, monitor outdoor spaces along with our CPT Facilities Staff

Interested? Click here for more information!


For information about sponsorship opportunities:

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

See the Photo Gallery from Station Hope 2017.


Station Hope 2018 is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors

Founding Friends

A special thank you to the partners who have been with Station Hope all five years!


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