STATION HOPE 2017
A Beacon of Freedom. A Convening of Community. A Celebration of Hope.
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to announce CPT’s fourth annual Station Hope event on Saturday, April 29th, from 6:30 – 10:30pm on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.
Station Hope is a jubilant community event that celebrates Cleveland’s social justice heritage and explores contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 250 artists and 50+ community and professional arts & culture organizations from across Northeast Ohio 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. Station Hope is free, family-friendly and open to all.
Last year, over 3,000 people attended the third annual Station Hope event, which featured art and performance staged in and around St. John’s Church, one of the most historically significant sites in Greater Cleveland. Audiences tour St. John’s sanctuary, parish hall and basement to view an array of short performances of dance, theatre, spoken word, 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 2017 will feature both new and returning artists, celebrating hope and 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. Station Hope is diverse in types of performances, but also in the different groups from our community gathering together – 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.