Station Hope began as the dream of a celebration of the Underground Railroad and the part St John's and Ohio City have played in that life-and-culture-changing set of events. In March of 2014, Councilman Joe Cimperman, Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theatre), and The Rev. Canon Brad Purdom of the Diocese of Ohio began imagining what an Underground Railroad Celebration could be like, centered at St John's and expanding outside into two blocks along Church Avenue.
By the time the Cleveland Public Theatre had engaged musicians, dramatists, storytellers, and dancers, St John's was bursting with creative expression, all focused on the legacy of liberation and hope that began with the Underground Railroad. And it didn't stop there. The themes of liberation and hope inspired artists to do much more than bring the past to life--it led them to create new pieces that move us to work together in the hope of liberation for all people who are oppressed today. Last year, over 2000 people of all ages and stages joined us in celebration and loved the experience.
And the Fourth Annual Celebration of Station Hope will happen on April, 29th 2017, right here at St John's, featuring artists of all kinds, each with a story of liberation to tell. There will be poetry and visual art and storytelling and dance and drama and music sung and played. Visitors will be asked to participate, and encouraged to feel and think and respond with hearts and hands and voices. There will be food trucks available, access for wheelchairs into the main floor of the church, and people to help you enjoy what's here. The celebration will spill over into the street and surrounding buildings.
Come join us: Saturday, April 29th 6:30-10:00 pm; FREE and open to all.