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 have worked with Hope Stone, Inc for many years and am always amazed by their level of professionalism and artistry. Their community based work is inspiring and life changing for those involved. Many of my students have enjoyed interning for this organization. They always come back with a great perspective on how art can change lives. The masterclasses and choreographic work provided by the professional company are artistic, unique and fun. If you have the opportunity to be involved in this organization, DO IT!
This organization is awesome!!!! The teachers are extremely positive and patient with the children. Each child is important to them and they want every child to have a great experience during each class. The children walk away with a love for the Arts and love for others as well as their selves!
Hope Stone Inc uses creativity, dance, and art to enrich the lives of people, inclusive of age and socioeconomic background. As someone who has attended a variety of events and classes over the years, I'm convinced that Hope Stone is effective and throw my full support behind them. They turn children into confident critical thinkers, and light up the brains and bodies of seniors, and pass along joy to all those encountered along the way.
As a teacher with experience working with students at Title I schools and as someone who has both worked with and seen the educators at Hope Stone in action, I find it difficult to express how meaningful their mission is for those they serve whether children in both public and charter schools, veterans and senior citizens. They provide a creative outlet for veterans to express their experiences in the military whether in active combat or in support of troops in combat. They provide multigenerational classes in dance and in theatre for young adults and for seniors to learn from one another's experiences and to find common ground and unique forms of expression. They also serve children in public schools, notably those whose populations are at-risk and underserved. In so doing, they provide these children not only with an arts education taught by professionals in the fields and at a time in which the arts struggle to receive funding in many Houston-area school districts, but, though the arts, they enable these young men and women to learn self-discipline and productive outlets for expressing emotion as well as improving their abilities to work as part of a group with others of different backgrounds and learning styles. They also learn to communicate clearly and to work mindfully and are provided with strategies and the means to process their emotions and to reduce stress, skills that are not only invaluable to school-aged children regularly assessed on the material they learn in their core classes but also to the young men and women they will grow to become.
Hope Stone is an AMAZING non-profit that has helped my son explore the arts since he was 8 years old. He's now 17 and is planning on majoring in theater in college! He has taken Hope Stone classes for years and learned from Jane Weiner and Gayla Miller about the importance of giving back: he works with them teaching seniors how to act. Their enthusiasm is contagious. There are always unique events that Hope Stone is doing -- like backpacks for underprivileged kids and drumming with Veterans. It's a wonderful organization and I'm so grateful it's been around for 20 years!
Hope Stone is such a nurturing place for artists of all ages. My 9 year old has enjoyed their fantastic free KIDS PLAY program (something we couldn't afford without the scholarship) and I have enjoyed drum lessons. Jane is passionate about the arts which inspires the children -- as do her productions on the big stage. They see her onstage and then get to leap up there themselves in their own productions. We love Hope Stone!
I had the opportunity to dance for this company for a couple shows, and it was the most rewarding experience I've had in dance. Jane Weiner has created an environment of love and acceptance that she shares with as many people as possible. This company makes dance a human experience for all, while also giving back to the community. So much love and so much light.
Hope Stone Inc is the type of non-profit we should be keeping an eye on. Their services are valuable, delivered with the best professionalism and with their help, countless families are able to make their lives better. They are also encouraging community engagement, making better neighbors out of all of us.
Hope Stone is one of the most important and truly compassionate companies I've ever learned about Houston. What Jane is directing here goes beyond mere idea and dream; she makes a difference in people's lives, not only within the arts community but beyond it, reaching families and individuals whose lives ache and yearn for change, for recognition, for help, and for celebration, especially when it comes to the wondrous and meaningful experience of human connection.
Working with Hope Stone is an enriching experience for the mind, body and soul. Hope Stone epitomizes wholehearted movement and dance; while bringing together all of our fractured lives and experiences and artfully puts the pieces together to create a unified group, individual, and dance. I look forward to working with Hope Stone every year and am blessed to have such an amazing experience.
I have been profoundly changed and inspired by Jane Weiner's dedication to outreach and her vision for “Art for All” through Hope Stone. They are not only involved with children, but all ages of the community with the latest being the drumming circle for our Veterans. It's so awesome and amazing! Art appreciation is lacking on every level in this nation and it is so refreshing to see Jane and other artists dedicated to changing that perception by changing lives through dance, art, music, and other creative avenues.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Jane and Hope Stone through my son who is a dancer. This organization not only is having a positive impact on our community, but also on those who join this team and share in her vision. She has inspired my son, and myself, to be better people, better citizens, and better assets to this world. She has shown us the intrinsic quality of expression that is realized through the creative thought process, therefore, further substantiating that art is natural, necessary, and available to all.
The best thing about Hope Stone is that it is based on a foundation of Love. Love for people and love for art. I don’t believe you can know this team or participate in one of their programs, and not walk away changed for the better. I also happen to know that it’s not all about the money. I’ve bought tickets to performances where you have the choice to pay based on what you could afford or what you chose to donate. They make it as accessible as possible so that no matter what a person’s budget may be, you can afford to participate in the experience.
I am humbled and honored to be associated with Jane Weiner and Hope Stone. They are a bright light in our community and in this world. Many thanks to Jane and Hope Stone for leading by example.