Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   155 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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Reviews for Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My child attends Hope Stone on scholarship and absolutely loves it! I hear geat positive feedback and am very thankful and please with Hope Stone. One of the acutal comments is " I can be myself, I don't have to act ghetto. I can talk and be comfortable". Wow, what a great testomonial!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a positive outlet for my child. A 13 yr old w/many changes/decisions at this pt., pulled in many directions w/many influences on his life. He has told me he feels comfortable at Hopw Stone and can be himself.

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

Ways to make it better...

I could experience it myself, but am very please my son can.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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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7 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone loves getting its hands dirty in the community, spreading arts appreciation and fun for children of all ages. I thoroughly loved participating in their programs and continue to do so whenever I can. Their name could not be more apt - they bring hope and joy, and they have a groundedness and stability that makes everyone feel accepted and valued.

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

that the people I met were so committed and loved what they were doing. It makes everyone around them feel equally motivated and happy!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone is a remarkable place. Upon entering the studio, the creative energy is palpable. Jane Weiner, the director,is a rare and unique talent. Not only is she an innovative choreographer, she is also an exceptionally gifted teacher and a truly generous spirit with an enduring commitment to the arts and their ability to cultivate peace and humanity in the world . Her capacity to inspire others, especially young people is tremendous. The kid's classes provide a joyful and supportive environment where kids can express themselves, explore their own creativity and collaborate with others. Everyone at Hope Stone has been wonderful. I feel very fortunate that both my daughter and I have the opportunity to learn from professional artists who are so passionate and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to reach more people. Their potential is limitless

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Jane Weiner and Hope Stone are the authentic deal! They never stop challenging the limitless boundaries of the expressive arts and the creativity that resides in all children. Each week our children join Jane and the other exceptional teachers in understanding and expressing themselves in new and wonderful ways. What is especially inspiring is that Hope Stone is available to all children. As a result, we all benefit from the unique contribution that Hope Stone provides to our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my children grow with confidence and experience

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

go as far as you can go and then dream bigger

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

My 15 year old daughter was hesitant to sign up for a dance class even though she was very interested because she felt it was "too late" to learn. Someone told us about Hopestone teen "Kids Play" program. She started in August and has had an incredible experience. All the teachers (dance, yoga, theater and drumming) have been very positive and encouraging. I have seen my daughter's confidence and comfort level rise dramatically from the start of this experience and I'd like to thank Jane and all the staff at Hopestone for their fabulous guidance!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, encouraging and open.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

introduce all the children who cannot afford private lessons in the various arts, to the miracle and wonder of the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone is the premier art experience in Houston... from their fantastic professional dance company and the performances they produce, to the movement, fitness, and music classes they offer to all ages, AND to their fantastic community outreach programs. What is unique about Hope Stone is that all of the above fit together like a masterful tapestry... one is not more important than the other, and Jane Weiner brilliantly maintains the vibrancy of each piece while educating the community about the necessity of art in our niche and the world at large. Follow this company, and enrich your life through art.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my 10 year old boy blossom through the amazing Kid's Play program. He's found something he loves, and his improved self-esteem and self-confidence are a direct result of this supportive program.

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

The quality of the art and artists! My son is so blessed to get to work with professional artists that are still evolving and performing - there is nothing else like Hopestone in the city. And the Kid's Play annual performance is SO cool- no Dolly Dinkle!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand. Spread the good word of art to more communities. Hope Stone Dance and Kid's Play could tour. Jane could expand the Kid's Play program across the country and this world would be a much better place...

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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4 people found this review helpful

My daughter was interested in taking a group photography class. I was looking for one that was reasonable and community based. Hope Stone offered us that and more! Hope Stone even offered digital cameras for the kids to borrow, if needed, for the duration of the class. The classes were in-depth and covered famous photographers like Ansel Adams and took field trips to the sculpture gardens, the zoo and a dance performance downtown. They provide scholarships to their students because they believe with incredible devotion and commitment that the arts should and can be available to all kids regardless of financial barriers. So inspiring! And I say this in all honesty, there is no one else in Houston (4th largest city in US) offering group photography classes for kids. Just google it yourself and you will see. The varied kinds of classes and opportunities they offer kids and their families is unparalleled and getting this award for the 2010 Great Nonprofits Arts Appreciation Campaign is so absolutely deserved. This organization moves mountains one (hope)stone at a time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring art in all of its forms to all children in the United States so that no one would ever miss out on the opportunity to express his or herself in a creative and profound way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a busy professional who seeks refuge in dance, I cannot say enough positive things about Hope Stone. The teachers are top-notch and unlike other adult dance classes, there is an emphasis on technique. Jane Weiner has boundless energy, which she devotes to making art, sharing art, teaching art, and just making this world a better place. If you, or anyone you know, has any interest in dance, Hope Stone is the place to get your dance on!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have studied dance for many years in different countries and cities in the U.S., and Hope Stone is one of the most welcoming and supportive studios I have had the pleasure of being involved with. It is also the only place I have studied ballet as an adult where we are taught all aspects of technique, and the classes are not simply a means to generate revenue. I have also had the honor of working with Jane on the Illuminations Project, and have witnessed how her enthusiasm and dedication motivate others to get involved and volunteer. Jane is an inspiration, and Hope Stone a home for those of us impassioned by dance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning directions for the head in ballet!

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

a shared love of movement.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

supportive, kind, and unpretentious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many children, and adults. Also, it could bring live musicians to all classes, and thereby heighten our appreciation for music in addition to movement and technique.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I am an arts professional. I am a not a dancer or a choreographer but am a passionate and knowledgeable supporter of contemporary dance. I travel widely and work with performing arts organizations around the United States and abroad.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I take Yamuna and Gyrotonics classes at their studio and attend their professional company performances. I am so moved and inspired by director Jane Wiener's vision, as a choreographer, as an educator and as an individual creating positive change.

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

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

I love the vibe of their studio. I love watching their process of creating new performance works. I am always impressed by the quality of their graphics and marketing material. Great volunteer base.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have had the pleasure of meeting or working with most of the staff and and company. They are all professional, inspired, dedicated, talented .

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more money for technical production, take their show on the road, clone their educational programs around the country, adequately compensate their dedicated and passionate staff, dancers and other artists

Ways to make it better...

They had a newer floor in the studio. More money would fix this.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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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9 people found this review helpful

My eight year old son is now in his third year at Hope Stone. Jane and her staff are extraordinary professionals - the consistency with which they treat the children (kindness, gentleness, clear guidance) is unwavering. I can see in my son the confidence he has engendered by being a member of this troupe. The grant-making institutions that support this enterprise should be commended for their crucial financial support. Hope Stone delivers the goods!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching how Hope Stone enriches the lives of children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fully versed in imparting to the children that art is a serious endeavor requiring their constant attention, and both mental and physical discipline. In so doing, the Hope Stone staff encourages joy and exploration.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change a corner of the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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