Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   135 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 1210 West Clay Suite 26 Houston TX 77019 USA

Mission:  Hope Stone, Inc. is a unique organization dedicated to presenting authentic dance, music, and theater performances as well as embracing and nurturing the createive and expressive side of children through the positive, empowering experience of the performing and visual arts.
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston, Throughout Texas, New Orleans
Programs: A dance and theater ensemble made up of professional dancers & performers, founded in 1997. The company, under the direction of artistic director Jane Weiner, is an organization with equal emphasis on the presentation of authentic dance, music, and theater. During the past 12 years, Hope Stone Dance has performed through out Texas, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, and Mexico. Local Houston stages have been The Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, D!verseWorks, Miller Outdoor Theater, the Jewish Communiy Center's Kaplan Theater, Houston Community College's Heinen Theater, and the Hobby Center's Zilkah Hall. The company is housed at Hope Center, a facility located in the heart of the Montrose area in Houston, TX. This 3500 sq. foot facility also accommodates adult and children's and movement classes designed to sharpen both the mind, body and soul. The company, now entering its 12th year, has performed for five years at the Cullen Theare, presenting such works as The Cooking Show, 's~ a tale of possession, SEE Me, and A Village of Waltz. They also established the Lemonade Stand, a summer festival of dance, this past year.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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713.526.1907
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A dynamic organization that continues to push art to the forefront. Inspiring, creative and a community gem.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Hope Stone is an amazing organization, bringing the arts to at-risk youth through a dynamic program called Kids Play. A year-long drumming, theater and creative movement class, kids explore, grow, gain confidence, learn to work together and ooze creativity. In addition, scholarships are given to many kids in town to take various arts classes. Finally, Hope Stone Dance Company is the toast of Houston's modern dance scene and opens up hundreds of seats to at-risk kids for their performances. Jane Weiner is a phenomenal visionary, promoting that art not only heals, but is necessary for a healthy and vibrant life.

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

the confidence of my own child and working closely with Jane Weiner, Executive Director.

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

the amazing people I've met, having my eyes opened to alternate kinds of art, and watching kids enter the program one way and exit with a special experience that changed their lives.

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

dedicated, art-makers, creative and kind.

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

Give many at-risk kids a new outlook full of opportunities and confidence. Hope Stone would have the ability to offer more scholarships, work with new child-groups in Houston and take the Kids Play program to new places - new cities!

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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6 people found this review helpful

I have been a beginner ballet student at Hope Stone. The teachers care about your progress and Hope Stone brings the creme de la creme of ballet dancers to teach. It is such an honor to be in their presence and help those that may not be quite on the same level they are, ballet-wise. I attended a performance in October 2009 of Hope Stone Dance Company and was blown away by the incredible choreography, the thought behind such a magical work of art and feel extremely fortunate to have Jane Weiner amongst our artists in Houston. One of the best parts is the generosity of giving 800 Houston-area children the opportunity to attend at no cost and to introduce & enrich their lives with great art. I am extremely honored to be on the Board of Directors of Hope Stone, Inc., and am impressed with the detail, thought and enthusiasm that goes into everything they do. Jane and Hope Stone garner the highest respect amongst peers and the community in Houston and it is apparent with the dedication of its Board of Directors, patrons, students, parents and all involved.

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

Increase their space, hire more staff and teachers and take their Kid's Play program to a national level using master teachers in dance, theater, music, photography and yoga to empower and educate our youth.

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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6 people found this review helpful

I am a current Board Member for Hope Stone Inc. I am constantly inspired & awe struck by the creativity & energy of all the individuals who come together for this organization. The are bright, talented, energetic & truly have a passion for what they do!!

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

the level of commitment & passion for the growth & success of this organization.

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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Hope Stone is a wonderful community for kids & adults to nourish their soul and access the arts! I always see smiling faces at Hope Stone...no matter if its an adult ballet class, the Kids Play kids rehearsing or if I'm lucky enough to be there when the company is in rehearsals, its a good place. This past fall ('09) at the "The Village of Waltz" performance was an example of how the arts can effect childrens lives. I've never been in a room where there were hundreds of kids in a theatre and they were quietly transfixed by the performance on stage. Afterwards, the conversations & reviews overheard were priceless. By the way...with the support of generous contributions, it was possible for these children to come to the theatre, experience a live professional dance company and understand the opportunities available to them at no cost. The Hope Stone teachers, kids, dancers & the staff offer the rest of us/me the chance to be a part of something wonderful. Maybe, you might consider contributing or joining us? Who doesn't like to smile?

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

A friends daughter who is now a confident and much more comfortable with herself & others, thru her time in Kids Play.

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

Sensational. Committed. Passionate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Hope Stone for a number of years, both on their Board and as an adult student of ballet. This has got to be the most welcoming, nurturing arts organization in the region. What other dance company donates an entire section of their main performance each year free to kids who might never otherwise attend an arts/dance performance?

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

The quality of instruction at the studio . . . The light in children's eyes when they describe what Hope Stone has meant to them . . The evolution of Hope Stone dancers who are top-notch . . .

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

Resign and let Jane Weiner run it. Jane has a deft hand with all three aspects of the organization: Kids' Play, Hope Stone Dance, and the studio.

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

Ballet has enriched my life. . . and kept me in shape!

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

Selfless

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

Add mini-versions of Kids' Play in all cities in the US.

Ways to make it better...

Jane Weiner had two studios, Hope Stone could perform a major work more than once a year, and Kids' Play could expand to other cities.

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

As always for any arts organization, money and space.

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

Being involved in community is very important and Hope Stone is there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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