Cleveland Public Theatre’s sixth Station Hope expected to bring thousands to historic church grounds

In the last few years, Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope has become a big coming-together event.

Last year, according to a news release from CPT, more than 2,000 people attended what is designed to be “a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice heritage and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity.”

(Photos of last year’s Station Hope by Steve Wagner)

The sixth Station Hope, expected to feature roughly 250 artists performing social justice-inspired works, is set for 7 to 10 p.m. May 4 on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland — the city’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site.

Along with all the artists, more than 50 community and professional arts and culture organizations from across Northeast Ohio are expected to take part.

Says the release:

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.

More of what to expect:

Station Hope 2019 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.

The free event is open to all ages, with performances happening on a rotating basis throughout the church and adjoining buildings, as well as an extended footprint of outdoor spaces surrounding the church. The release further notes that “due to the historic construction of the building, some interior spaces may not be accessible to people with limited mobility.”

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

Get more information from this CPT page.

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