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 began working as a teaching artist as soon as I could after meeting the President & CEO, Jane Weiner. Her care of people radiates throughout this organization and is what motivates her to provide arts education for underserved populations. I teach Hope Stone's intergenerational theatre class, which has been a resounding success, with both teenagers and senior citizens saying it is the highlight of their week.
The first time I took class at Hope Stone I left thinking "I just found my people". The art created is excellent, but more importantly it is used to grow people and connect them to each other.
As a lover of modern dance, I was a regular at Hope Stone while still living in Houston. I might be completely biased because of the supportive community of Hope Stone or it might be the talent that exudes from every single one of the company members – past and present – including the artistic director. Nonetheless, I am a huge believer of all that Hope Stone stands for: from creative movement for children to teaching young adults to create and express via art. Art of Hope Stone. Art of the Earth. Art for all.
Hopestone is a wonderful place that cares about the community and kids. They offer scholarships to kiss that can not afford their program, ensuring that all children have access to the arts.
I worked with Hopestone as an intern during the summer of 2012. This was my second summer interning at the studio, and just as the summer before, I had a blast!! I love the atmosphere at Hopestone. I always feel at home there, and I love interacting with the dancers and the teachers. Hopestone attracts all types of dancers from professionals to students who are brand-new to the art form, and Hopestone provides an environment in which dancers from all over the experience spectrum can come to be challenged as well as nurtured technically and artistically. I love it, and I would recommend this studio to everyone from the seasoned professional to the first-time student!
I moved to Houston 4 years ago, and had lost all hope of finding a place where I could go back to my dancing and find an art-dance community with which I could be involved. I went for a class at Hope Stone and realized that that was it! The place is open, full of generous people and a great sense of community that take art and art education seriously. My 17 year-old son is part of the Youth Sound at Hope Stone and I couldn't be happier for him, as I see that he has also found a place to exchange and learn and grow in his artistic expression. I have volunteered for events and at the studio and I feel privileged to be able to help in some way.
New to Houston and a recent grad, I came to Hope Stone to continue dancing and because I was intrigued by their service-minded mission. The strong sense of community at Hope Stone welcomed me instantly and the teachers and other dancers invigorated me artistically. Before long, I became a volunteer, helping with administrative tasks once a week and occasionally staffing events. I love Hope Stone's unique model that puts outreach and service at the heart of its mission yet still maintains an outstanding class schedule and professional company. Hope Stone showed me that amazing work can be done when you use your passions to address real needs, and I know they are instilling this kind of purposefulness in the life of every person who walks through their doors.
I recently joined the community at Hope Stone as a New Year's resolution for 2012. I was impressed to be around such a diverse group where the positivity flows all around this quaint little space. I had decided to go back to a part time hobby of mine after not getting tondo it for 8 years as I put myself through college and started a family. I was quite tense and nervous. I knew I would be rusty and behind for a while, therefore not enjoying it as much because that's just the way it is for me. I was happy to see all types there. From professionals to average people, and very young to very old. I decided to try out an intro ballet class and felt so happy to see much older women dancing much better than I and living their life to the fullest. It is neat to watch the professionals in their element and dance alongside them. It has been a place for me to meet like minded people who dance for dance sake and just live to move their bodies in expression. I am a very recluse person right now. I have two young children and i am a stay at home mom and I don't hire help because you just can't trust people these days. I have found a safe place in Hope Stone and feel like a part of something again. The owner, Jane Weiner, has a comradery with her staff and every person that walks in her path can feel the impact of her heart. She truly has a vision and empowers others to experience what the arts can do for the integrity of the human experience.
I am a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. My son has been a part of Hope Stone Kids for two years and loves it. He actually wants to go to class. The teachers are warm and genuinely interested in him a a performer and as a person. Hopestone teaches children to find their own talent and love of art instead of trying to be cookie-cutouts of everyone else. My son is a bit shy and they have fostered his love of singing and acting and helped him do his first performance. We would not go anywhere else.
It is not often that one finds a company that so clearly gives back more than it is given, but Hope Stone unmistakably rises to the top of this list. I have had the privilege of spending countless hours each week working with Jane and her company over the last few years, and in many ways they have essentially become like a second family to me. The experience of creating art with a group so genuinely dedicated to their work and to each other has not only redefined my ideas of what is important in life, but I also believe that everyone who walks though those doors cannot avoid taking with them some part of the Hope Stone essence of love, support, and cohesiveness, and spreading it to others when they leave the studio. Jane and her company continue to create amazing dance and art, and beyond this provide an incredible outreach program that has so obviously impacted the lives of countless children, many of whom are at-risk. Hope Stone is unique in its selfless mission to instill a love of music, dance, and art, as well as to nurture creativity and expressiveness.
Hope Stone is a lovely place. It's so artsy and friendly-everybody knows eachother. Jane is so cool for starting it and the teachers are very nice and helpful. I hadn't done dance since kindergarden, but I'm glad I started it up with Hope Stone. I love it! I've really learned a lot.