Hope Stone, Inc
Rating: 4.96 stars 159 159 reviews 11,984
2726 Bissonnet Street Suite 240-513 Houston TX 77005 USA
Hope Stone, Inc. unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all.
Hope Stone, Inc. believes in art for all, we believe Brilliant Art = Brilliant Minds
Direct beneficiaries per year:
We work with 700 students ages 2-95 yrs, and perform each year to over 3000 students, some seeing live dance/theater for the first time
Geographic areas served:
Greater Houston, Throughout Texas
Hope Stone’s mission is to unlock the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all. We are an organization dedicated to nurturing the creative side of children and adults through the positive, empowering experience of the arts. At Hope Stone we believe in Mindfulness Arts Education and are dedicated to this concept in all aspects of our work in the community. Founded in 1997 by its current President & CEO, Jane Weiner, Hope Stone conveys the intrinsic value of the arts through education programs tailored to suit the needs of specific populations of children and adults. Our children’s program (Hope Stone Kids) reaches out to students in a variety of school settings, using highly skilled artists from the artistic disciplines of music, dance, and theater. Hope Stone’s professional dance company (Hope Stone Dance) stages compelling and accessible new works that challenge, entertain, and educate audiences. Recently, Hope Stone has successfully adapted the time-tested methods used in its youth programming to create an arts outreach program for special populations (The Hope Project).
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Hope Stone reaches hundreds of children a year with mindful arts education taught by passionate, seasoned professional artists in multiple disciplines. The instructors teach love, respect, self discipline, and countless other invaluable life skills while providing the highest quality instruction. The joy of a Hope Stone classroom is indescribable.
I have participated in Hopestone's programs for the last 4 years (HopeStone Kids and Hopestone Interact) and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have made so many friends, and the HopeStone staff is so welcoming and supportive. I have had so much fun, while also being pushed out of my comfort zone to participate in theater and improv activities. It has been great!
My family has been involved in Hope Stone's classes and has attended performances for the last ten years or so. It is one of my absolute favorite non-profits and art organizations. People, and especially children, of all ages and ability levels are warmly welcomed and experience the joy of movement, rhythm, music, and performing, and not in a simplistic, cookie-cutter way: it's real, original art they're doing!. Participants reflect the vast diversity of our city-- economically, ethnically, geographically, and age and ability-wise. My daughter's life has been so enriched by being part of these programs. Having worked in the non-profit world, I am also in awe of how much Hope Stone accomplishes on a limited budget. Better fiscal management would be impossible to find.
My children have participated in the Hope Stone Kids program for about five years now, and I've attended several Hope Stone professional performances. I have to say, if I were reading these glowing reviews I'd be skeptical, but I'm about to write one of them! The Kids program is a place that works hard to attract kids of all kinds: the ones who are great at dance and music, the ones who aren't (but who want to participate); the ones who are wealthy, and the ones who aren't; all races, all political parties, girls AND boys. It makes performance art fun for kids, without pressure, while teaching them important fundamentals, how to work as a team, and all those other lessons we parents want our kids to learn. They also provide great role models of adults who are artists or active in the arts: people who are thoughtful, respectful, creative, and contributing to our community. As an adult, I value the unique classes available for adults-- hard to find this level of quality on an a la carte basis anywhere else. And I want to praise the professional company as well. As an outsider to the arts world, I've sometimes felt intimidated or uniformed at some other groups' performances: I didn't get it, and no one would explain. When Hope Stone performs, I may not always get it, or see it the same way my neighbor did, but somehow, my interpretation of what I saw is Okay. I'm always entertained by the programs, exposed to new ideas, and never, ever bored. It's a huge asset to Houston to be able to see affordable, cutting-edge work like this. I've been around Hope Stone enough to know that they are always on a shoestring budget, and there's never enough money for what are reasonable needs, let alone the big dreams of the staff and board of directors. If you're looking for an arts organization worthy of support, this is it!
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While volunteering my services with Hope Stone I grew to learn more about myself through the experiences of the children with The Branch. They're opportunity to learn music and dance was very beneficial. The minds of these bright youth showed more potential then I as a teaching assistant could hang with. These kids were excelling beyond the general standard showing great retentive skills as well as communal skill. Working with the kids I myself learned how to better communicate even the most basic of things to the brightest of minds, a rock has just as much potential as a star it just needs to be harnessed and refined properly so that it may molded or converted into the next state of energy. We as humans are bundles of potential energy that just need the proper guiding with the reading and counting skills, to be more than successful. Success is a mind state as a wealth of knowledge helps provide a great pool of references for such. These molds we form only break the scale of things just to remold into new models, each of these children taught were bright in their own aspect and just needs a bit of team work and development skills to understand that. We all cater to the needs of each other hence you can never have a community with the innate part of unity!
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Hope Stone Inc. is one of the most incredible group of people I've ever met. The mission of "mindful arts education" is not a common one, and their dedication to going above and beyond a typical, cookie-cutter teaching style is apparent. You can see the children's hearts being opened and artistic voices being amplified.
HopeStone cares about the children their teaching and seeks to be more than just an educational program. They seek to enrich kids' lives.
They want to give kids lessons that build character, intuition, and confidence so they can one day stand and be proud of who they are.
Hope Stone is an amazing organization run by incredibly passionate artists that are committed to making an impact on the lives of others. I have had the opportunity over the last semester to observe the work that they do and have been so inspired by both the talent and kindness that is brought to every class.
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Hope Stone brought the drumming class to the Homeless Veterans program at U.S.VETS and it has been the most favorite group yet. I personally appreciate the love and dedication this team has shown our veterans and am so happy to work with them. They bring a light to this world that is needed.
For the past two years, Jane and her staff have been coming every Monday afternoon to our Enrichment Program for at risk elementary children. The goal of Hope Stone's dance/creative movement program is to stimulate the minds of our children with a mixture of dance, music and memory. Jane pours herself into this program and the children. It has been both a privilege and inspiring to witness her serving these young children!
Such an amazing group. Jane and the rest of the crew are committed to making the arts available for everyone--from preschoolers to seniors.