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Hope Stone Inc
February 24, 2010

Knowing Jane Weiner's sense of groundedness in personality, movement, and inter-relations, when I was coming back to her dance studio after 5 years of not dancing professionally I felt so reasurred in body, mind, and soul. After hearing other dancers in the community talk about the accepting environment and then committing to see my own needs as an artist come to life, I instantly acted on what I considered a safe risk. I was welcomed and my artistic spirit rekindled. With increasing competition in the arts and performance in America, people of all ages and arts need a place to go that is safe and supportive not critical and demanding. We are apt to listen to sick fools who think tongue lashing is the way to increase talent and that the superstar is the only star; this is our greatest misfortune as a society. Artists change society for the better when they have a healthy body, mind, and strong spirit. Hopestone is a beacon of light in a dark as dark can be artist's world. Hopestone also encourages cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary art education which is what our youth need today; they are so eager, we need to support them...all of us will be held accountable for what we do and do not do...Hopestone and Jane Weiner are setting a great example and I think they should be rewarded for their intention and efforts. If you are wondering if this is really true my only response is: experience it for yourself or create/find an environment near you...I am sure HopeStone would be glad to help.

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

Feeling the gratitude today for the opportunity to have met great artists, teachers, musicians, technicians, board members, pets, and employees who are associated with this organization.

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

Wonderful memories of freedom and self-realization, sharing life with others.

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

devoted, willing, open, reliable, savvy socially and technologically (most of the time).

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

Consider supporting young artists (junior high, high school, college) who want to learn about arts and life and serve their society both with art and with other social needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I studied modern, ballet, gyrotonics, and yoga; I was also given an opportunity to work as an intern and avail free classes all summer.