project leader
Caitie H
2600 Church Street
(Hingetown in Ohio City)
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Big thanks from Councilman Cimperman!

the project

Back for a second year, Station Hope is a free one-night-only multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, the history of St. John’s Church and contemporary struggles for freedom and justice. Staged in and around the historic church, Station Hope is a jubilant, immersive community event, featuring original work created by professional and community-based artists from across Northeast Ohio, working across many disciplines to address some of the most important issues of our time. Station Hope will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 and is a free, all-ages event.

**When you make a donation, you will see an automatic gratuity added. This is actually a donation to our partner ioby to help them keep fees very low for CPT and other non-profits. (Other crowd-funding sites take higher fees from donors like you—without telling them.) Feel free to remove, change amount, or accept.**

the steps

We will stage this event on one of the most historically significant sites in Greater Cleveland – St. John’s Episcopal Church or, as it was known on the Underground Railroad, “Station Hope.” Audiences will tour through St. John’s sanctuary, parish hall, and intricate basements to view an array of short performances of dance, theatre, storytelling, and music. Visual art displays and interactive art activities will help shape the audience experience, while choral performances will provide a powerful soundscape for the outdoor spaces in and around the church.

why we're doing it

As a church active in the Underground Railroad, St. John’s Episcopal Church 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. In celebration of this meaningful history, and in recognition of present day struggles for freedom and justice, Station Hope will feature a diverse selection of theatre and performance ensembles, with a special focus on presenting African American performance ensembles from the Northeast Ohio region. Other featured groups include Restore Cleveland Hope, Teatro Publico de Cleveland (the first and only Latino theatre ensemble in our city), Lake Erie Ink (a poetry space for youth) and over 30 other companies and 150 individual artists creating original work to addresses issues of equity and social change.

Other Station Hope performances will feature children from Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program at Lakeview Terrace public housing. These performances will draw family members and other residents from Lakeview Terrace (within walking distance of St. John’s Church), along with other longtime residents of Cleveland’s Ohio City and surrounding neighborhoods, real-estate developers, business owners and government leaders.

“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.”
-- Hon. Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Councilman


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 5/15/15):

RAISED = $3,951.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $114.06

Total will go toward artist fees.


REVISED BUDGET (as of 4/28/15):

SUBTOTAL = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $150




Artist Fees $10,000

All of the money raised through ioby will go directly to support the artists creating the dance, theatre, music, visual art, and interactive installations at Station Hope 2015.

SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335



Big thanks from Councilman Cimperman!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Barbara K.
  • Brad Masi
  • E. Brown
  • Cathleen O'Malley
  • Chris and Elaine Kolp
  • Joanne H.
  • Anonymous
  • Rachel Nagin
  • John Corlett
  • Erin Guido
  • Bill and Judie Caster
  • Owen Family
  • The Cleveland Hostel
  • Jason Bristol & Alex Frondorf
  • Robyn Herr
  • Anonymous
  • Greg & Tana Peckham
  • Jim and Laurie Rokakis
  • Transformer Station
  • Anonymous
  • Jerry T.
  • Pandora Robertson
  • Vickie W.
  • Flannery H.
  • Matt Gray
  • Hayley
  • Anonymous
  • Sarah Greywitt and Fred Mowery
  • Patricia Hanen and Elaine McCoy
  • Taba Aleem
  • Faye Hargate
  • Bekezela M.
  • Maria M.
  • Nati Uehara
  • Carrie
  • Rachel and Peter DeGolia
  • D&R Blumenthal
  • Caitlin Lewins
  • Renee Schilling
  • Denis M. G.
  • James' Mom
  • Raymond B.
  • James Kosmatka
  • Cindy Marx
  • Caitie Hannon
  • Kristofer S.
  • Jenny Spencer
  • janis
  • Terri F
  • Ann Rowlett
  • Marika Shioiri-Clark
  • Anonymous
  • Patricia Leebove
  • Cindy Marx
  • Marcia L.
  • Graham Veysey