Hope Stone, Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   159 reviews

Address:

2726 Bissonnet Street Suite 240-513 Houston TX 77005 USA

Mission:

Hope Stone, Inc. unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all.

Target demographics:

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

Programs:

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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713.526.1907
www.hopestoneinc.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Stone has a very important mission. They want to ensure that all groups in our community have art available to them in some form. My family became involved with this organization when my son was quite young. As he grew, we used and participated in different services. Most recently he worked in a group that brought teenagers and the elderly together for theater.

I can't even begin to express the passion that everyone involved with this organization has. Their vision and leadership are something to be admired and supported. Jane Weiner and her team add so much to our community on a daily basis. It has been our pleasure to have had the opportunity to support the organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to give a review for Hope Stone! My daughter has been a part of their programming for many years from music, to dance, to theatre. By far, her involvement with this organization has been one of her most profound yet. I am constantly delighted with the creativity and ingenuity the classes manifest. Hope Stone has been a source of deep challenges and transformation for Lily. She always looks forward to being a part of the magic when a new opportunity arises.
Jane's vision for the company continues to be an inspiration and an asset for Houston. There is truly nothing else like this group.
I can't recommend Hope Stone enough. I encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with this gem.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough about how great this organization is and the wonderful things they bring to our children! The instructors are so loving and caring!! They take time to warm the hearts of all the children they come in contact with on a weekly basis!! Wednesdays are our favorite days!!! We love Hope Stone!! Thanks for bringing the ARTS to our fabulous children at Generation One!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had a wonderful partnership with Hope Stone for several years. It has been a great experience. From the administration to the teachers, it has been a pleasure to work with them. They are flexible and attentive to any ideas and suggestions. Aside from those positive things, their program is of great benefit to the children they serve in our program. Our children grow in many ways through the enrichment they receive through the Hope Stone program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Stone is one of the most visible and effective dance and art outreach programs for all ages in Houston! We heard about Hope Stone not long after we moved to Houston, and we heard of and witnessed the impact that they had on the community as a whole! Besides outreach, social dance lessons were offered, of which I have taken Salsa and Waltz... the only two dance classes I've ever taken. On top of that, the Hope Stone dance company introduced me to some of the most fun and innovative dancers and choreographers in the area. I can honestly say that Hope Stone has been one of the things I like most about Houston, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My three children attended " Kid's Play " a performance program at Hope Stone for about 4 years. The level of commitment and talent Hope Stone's staff brought to my children and their peers was a important support the children needed. It was difficult to say goodbye when we moved out of Houston!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create more Kid's Play programs!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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All three of my kids have enjoyed Hopestone's Kid's Play for several years now! My older teen loves the teens group of dance, yoga, drama, and drumming! His teachers are talented and good role models! My younger teen has found his nitch with the photography class, his teacher is fantastic!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My children's joy and delight in their classes!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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