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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Performing Arts, Support, Youth Development Programs

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).

Community Stories

191 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope stone provides incredible arts instruction in Houston. The teachers are all professionals- the value is unarguable. Art for all!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone, Inc. is a non-profit organization that unlocks creativity of young people and adults through outreach programs with a vision of ART for ALL. Hope Stone teaches and inspires art that dignifies the human experience, deepens the collective imagination, and grants us the possibilities for ourselves and our communities. This is a process that reveals the reason for and the goal of our work: HOPE.
Grace In Motion – is a collaboration created by Hope Stone, Inc. between Hope Stone, Brookdale Senior Living Residents and a selected cast of HSPVA Level II dance majors. Jane Weiner, Founder and Executive Director of Hope Stone, Inc. contacted Janie Carothers, the HSPVA Dance Chair about a project she wanted to create with the Brookdale Senior Living Residents called Grace In Motion. The project started in the spring of 2016, as an 11-week cross-generational dance class combining seniors and pre-professional teenage dancers from HSPVA.
The success of the project the first year has led Jane Weiner and Hope Stone Inc. to continue the Grace In Motion project through 2018 and to expand the multi-generational dance project in 2019 to include four-year-old students from Small Steps Nurturing Centre. This creative process and compassion developed through the interaction of the young pre-professional dancers at HSPVA and the Brookdale Seniors each season has brought a sense of giving and understanding of how the ARTS and dance can reach many people in our community.

I cannot begin to count the ways this project has affected our dancers and HSPVA Community. This non-profit is key to introducing the arts to the community and HSPVA is so lucky to be apart of this program and affiliated with HOPE Stone.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has been an immense resource for my family, especially my grandson Jordan, who spent many after school hours attending Hope Stone's wonderful youth classes during his junior and early senior high school years. Hope Stone helped Jordan engage with other humans and the world, gave him an option beyond electronics and solitude--he always felt he belonged at Hope Stone. He so loved the camaraderie and creativity of these acting/creating/playing/challenging activities that he once cried because he could not attend them during Summer break! My younger daughter Alina (not Jordan's mother) also matured a great deal under the dance instruction and mentoring of Hope Stone director Jane Weiner, who is truly a treasure for our city, its youth and its artists. I am always amazed by her ability to use people of all ages and ability to make interesting, fun and thoughtful art. To me Hope Stone embodies the mission of an art non-profit, it is one of Jane's mottos: "art for all." Thanks, Bennie Slavik

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone, Inc is an exceptional organization in every way. Hope Stone is driven by a committed, inspiring, forward-looking director and a passionate and talented staff. I have had the opportunity to experience Hope Stone's programming as a parent, and have seen first-hand the flight that takes place when children's wings are exposed to such rich arts education. Our world needs more art- thank you, Hope Stone, for cultivating artistry and for celebrating uniqueness and creativity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've always been a shy person and being in interact and doing those Improv games really helped my get through a lot of hard times. Hope Stone changed my life for the better, and I'll always remember the times that helped my through my depressing moments and made me realize the beauty in life.

Thank you Hope Stone

David J D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone really cares about the community! Art for all is their mission and everything they do comes back to that. The last performance I attended brought together individuals from all ages including the elderly moving with high school students on stage to a young people’s drum circle to professional dancers. It was so wonderful to get a small glimpse of all the work that Hope does and the impact that they have on the community. This is one of the few arts organizations that I’ve had a chance to work with that I think truly cares about the community at large and makes every choice based off of what they can do for others and not their own ego. If you are looking for an organization to partner with or donate to or just volunteer with, I highly recommend Hope Stone. They are a company that other arts organizations should strive to model.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone, Inc. provides quality creative and fine arts education for children and adults, especially those living in economically disadvantaged areas or experiencing difficult transitions. The tireless efforts of the teaching artists and staff - representing dance, drama, spoken word, and music - bring 21st century living skills to life and cultivate mindfulness. Every beneficiary of the Hope Stone mission - staff and clients alike - are reminded of their innate artistry, which we should nurture and never forget!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At this point in my career, after teaching mindful arts both independently and through other organizations, I have had experience with a wide array of non-profits in the arts education industry. I have been blown away by the caliber of education provided to the schools and in the classes that have contracted Hope Stone, as well as the excellent leadership and teaching tools provided to us as staff. I have gained more knowledge and awareness in my not-quite-one year with Hope Stone than I have in the previous five. I am so grateful to not only be a part of this staff, but to objectively witness the impact Hope Stone has on children in our community.

Connor W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has the ability to not only provide accessible entertainment and arts education but they some how always are able to remind us of the value art should have in our society. Art has the ability to feed our souls and brings us closer together as a community and Hope Stone never loses sight of that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone, Inc's work and Jane Weiner, the Executive Director inspired and guided me in establishing a nonprofit in New Orleans. Hope Stone helped build the foundation of Upturn Arts, an arts education program for at-risk youth. Upturn Arts was established as Hope Stone New Orleans in 2010 reaching 23 students in its first year. We are continuing to grow and thrive and have reached over 500 children this year alone with low-cost arts programs. Over 50% of our students receive scholarships to attend arts education programs around the city. Hope Stone Inc was the force behind this idea and has stood beside us as we continue this journey to reach more and more youth. We share the vision to provide "Arts for All."

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know where to begin on how amazing Hope Stone, INC is. For the last three years, Hope Stone, Inc. has provided music and dance to my childcare center who specializes in care for children with disabilities. They have been nothing short of willing and giving to a population of children who may have never had the opportunity to share in something like this. I am so very grateful to Mrs. Jane for all that she does and I can tell you it's more than she has to do. We love Hope Stone, INC!

Sumiko Hamilton-Hervey

AllisonGower

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a wonderful resource for children (of all ages) who do not normally have access to arts & performing programs. I have worked with them for several years in the Spring Branch area and they bring dance, theater and drumming to elementary students. The teachers are talented, engaging and thoughtful. The students love the programs and I look forward to working and collaborating with them for a long time to come!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone provides dance, theatre and community to children who otherwise would have no opportunity to engage in these types of programs. Jane and her staff of teachers are compassionate, passionate, talented, caring, and offer a world of opportunities to communities throughout greater Houston.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Aristea U

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.