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.
Jane Weiner and the talented family at Hope Stone provided scholarships to my daughter and our family. My child is now in Middle School, she eats lunch alone, she doesn't have friends but she has DANCE, joy, peace and the kindest heart. At around the age of 3 my daughter started dancing. Years later she was till in classes and we attended the Music Classe ... "Hello Everybody..." Now my other daughter the popular girl is in choir. We were living in a "home" that later was destroyed by an electrical fire. Before the fire I was seperated and headed towards a painful divorce with a 3 year old and 1 1/2 year old. I was suffering in silence without a Therapist at the time; anxiety, major depressive disorder and a laundry list of trauma. Jane, thank you will never be enough to convey how you were our families village. You gave us a reason to get up and keeping going after being knocked down. I have a The photo was developed on 12.29.2011 my daughter (age 3) was at Hope Stone with Sarah and another kiddo
Hope stone provides incredible arts instruction in Houston. The teachers are all professionals- the value is unarguable. Art for all!!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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!
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!
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.
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.
Hope Stone is an organization that really cares about and supports their community. They believe art, in all forms, is important to all persons. They have a talented staff of dedicated teachers who nurture their students and encourage creativity.
A definite thumbs-up to this great Non Profit organization.
Hope Stone has always gone above and beyond their commitment to teaching, advocating, and exposing the arts to Houstons underserved youth population.
They have enriched many minds and bodies and the outcome of such service will be unfold many times over to the benefit of all of Houston!
Thank you for your service!
Working with Hope Stone has given me MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES to perform original instrumental music, alongside Hope Stone's fabulous dancers, with and to thousands of ART HUNGRY CHILDREN! Hope Stone is fun, heartwarming and professional. What an amazing organization! I hope to work with them again in the future, giving art to the community!
So I had owned a Jimbe(African Drum) for about 2 yrs and had no clue how to play it. I was at a local Renaissance fair and heard the drummers at the bonfire and I threw it out to my friends. "I have owned my drum for 2 yrs and would love to know how to play it!" The next Monday I got a flyer for a Drum Circle for Veteran's sponsored by Hope Stone. I attended it and LOVE it! Jane was so enthusiastic and our teacher Chris has been GREAT! I have now done 3 semesters with them and have met some great people and have told all my Houston Veteran friends about the classes. I know it has helped me to be around such cool folks with so much enthusiasm about the foundation and for the program. I miss it and the lessons when we are on break. If this is an indication of all of their classes I am sure lots of kids are getting great services! Thank You !
I've experienced Jane's vision "Art for All" in many forms: From my granddaughter being involved with the drama classes for teens to watching the seniors at Brookdale being involved with movement and drama. Being a senior myself I watched the courage, commitment and fun these seniors were having. My granddaughter has become much more self-confident through Jane's programs. I would highly recommend getting involved with Jane Weiner wherever you can.
Once a year Eastchester High School Jazz Co dance troupe in New York, spends a weekend of dance with Jane Weiner. Jane will create a dance from her wonderful creative brain in which the dancers move, think and verbulize the subject matter. It is a learning experience for the body mind and soul. The experience is so positive that we have to turn dancers away. Hope Stone is a wonderful organization that brings dance to one and all, young or old.
Hope Stone is a non-profit organization that really cares about teaching art to people in all their walks of life. What I love the most about it is the community involvement. With Hope Stone, you really feel part of a greater family. I love the fact that it provides opportunities to children of all backgrounds and teaches them to appreciate art from early on. Hope Stone is on a mission to better our society through the use of art and creativity.
My partner and I chose Hope Stone as our beneficiary as we launched our business this year and we are so happy with this decision. Jane made an effort to come out to our launch event and speak on #artforall, invited us after to see the choreography she had been working on and is currently collaborating with us on community outreach programs that we can get involved in. Working with Hope Stone as our beneficiary is about more than donating money, it's about making a real difference and Jane is a pleasure to work with. She is truly inspiring and passionate about what she does.
This great organization, as the name implies, signifies HOPE; bringing a different perspective, style and meaning to nonprofits. Being an artist/creative, I have been able to see the harm neglecting our artistic sides can cause on personal growth. Hope Stone strives to bring out the creative geniuses in each an everyone with a vision of ARTS FOR ALL; meaning that they support a wide and diverse range of individuals. I have had the opportunity to work with this organization and I can truly say that everyone is happy, fun, encouraging and accepting. Nothing but great learning experiences from watching their shows and collaborating with them.
6 Stars : )
I have participated in Hopestone's programs for the last 4 years (HopeStone Kids and Hopestone Interact) and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have made so many friends, and the HopeStone staff is so welcoming and supportive. I have had so much fun, while also being pushed out of my comfort zone to participate in theater and improv activities. It has been great!
My family has been involved in Hope Stone's classes and has attended performances for the last ten years or so. It is one of my absolute favorite non-profits and art organizations. People, and especially children, of all ages and ability levels are warmly welcomed and experience the joy of movement, rhythm, music, and performing, and not in a simplistic, cookie-cutter way: it's real, original art they're doing!. Participants reflect the vast diversity of our city-- economically, ethnically, geographically, and age and ability-wise. My daughter's life has been so enriched by being part of these programs. Having worked in the non-profit world, I am also in awe of how much Hope Stone accomplishes on a limited budget. Better fiscal management would be impossible to find.
My children have participated in the Hope Stone Kids program for about five years now, and I've attended several Hope Stone professional performances. I have to say, if I were reading these glowing reviews I'd be skeptical, but I'm about to write one of them! The Kids program is a place that works hard to attract kids of all kinds: the ones who are great at dance and music, the ones who aren't (but who want to participate); the ones who are wealthy, and the ones who aren't; all races, all political parties, girls AND boys. It makes performance art fun for kids, without pressure, while teaching them important fundamentals, how to work as a team, and all those other lessons we parents want our kids to learn. They also provide great role models of adults who are artists or active in the arts: people who are thoughtful, respectful, creative, and contributing to our community. As an adult, I value the unique classes available for adults-- hard to find this level of quality on an a la carte basis anywhere else. And I want to praise the professional company as well. As an outsider to the arts world, I've sometimes felt intimidated or uniformed at some other groups' performances: I didn't get it, and no one would explain. When Hope Stone performs, I may not always get it, or see it the same way my neighbor did, but somehow, my interpretation of what I saw is Okay. I'm always entertained by the programs, exposed to new ideas, and never, ever bored. It's a huge asset to Houston to be able to see affordable, cutting-edge work like this. I've been around Hope Stone enough to know that they are always on a shoestring budget, and there's never enough money for what are reasonable needs, let alone the big dreams of the staff and board of directors. If you're looking for an arts organization worthy of support, this is it!
While volunteering my services with Hope Stone I grew to learn more about myself through the experiences of the children with The Branch. They're opportunity to learn music and dance was very beneficial. The minds of these bright youth showed more potential then I as a teaching assistant could hang with. These kids were excelling beyond the general standard showing great retentive skills as well as communal skill. Working with the kids I myself learned how to better communicate even the most basic of things to the brightest of minds, a rock has just as much potential as a star it just needs to be harnessed and refined properly so that it may molded or converted into the next state of energy. We as humans are bundles of potential energy that just need the proper guiding with the reading and counting skills, to be more than successful. Success is a mind state as a wealth of knowledge helps provide a great pool of references for such. These molds we form only break the scale of things just to remold into new models, each of these children taught were bright in their own aspect and just needs a bit of team work and development skills to understand that. We all cater to the needs of each other hence you can never have a community with the innate part of unity!
Hope Stone Inc. is one of the most incredible group of people I've ever met. The mission of "mindful arts education" is not a common one, and their dedication to going above and beyond a typical, cookie-cutter teaching style is apparent. You can see the children's hearts being opened and artistic voices being amplified.
HopeStone cares about the children their teaching and seeks to be more than just an educational program. They seek to enrich kids' lives.
They want to give kids lessons that build character, intuition, and confidence so they can one day stand and be proud of who they are.
Hope Stone is an amazing organization run by incredibly passionate artists that are committed to making an impact on the lives of others. I have had the opportunity over the last semester to observe the work that they do and have been so inspired by both the talent and kindness that is brought to every class.
Hope Stone brought the drumming class to the Homeless Veterans program at U.S.VETS and it has been the most favorite group yet. I personally appreciate the love and dedication this team has shown our veterans and am so happy to work with them. They bring a light to this world that is needed.
For the past two years, Jane and her staff have been coming every Monday afternoon to our Enrichment Program for at risk elementary children. The goal of Hope Stone's dance/creative movement program is to stimulate the minds of our children with a mixture of dance, music and memory. Jane pours herself into this program and the children. It has been both a privilege and inspiring to witness her serving these young children!
Such an amazing group. Jane and the rest of the crew are committed to making the arts available for everyone--from preschoolers to seniors.
I have been going their ever sence I was little I was in their creative movement class, their drama class, their drumming class and their interact class. I have one memory from get last year I was in hope stone kids where I was back stage wating to go on when I look Behinde me a one of my best freinds is napping I latter teased him about it but I thought it was so cool that every one could be that calm.
Hope Stone is an awesome group of people who care about all the art of the world but their favorite is dance and dance outreach. Jane Weiner is a saint!!! She bonds with everyone she comes in contact with. She is an incredible woman who deserves to be acknowledged.
Hope Stone has taught me so much from dance, singing, acting, and even some life lessons. I have recently started working in the intoract class and I love it!!!
I began working as a teaching artist as soon as I could after meeting the President & CEO, Jane Weiner. Her care of people radiates throughout this organization and is what motivates her to provide arts education for underserved populations. I teach Hope Stone's intergenerational theatre class, which has been a resounding success, with both teenagers and senior citizens saying it is the highlight of their week.
The first time I took class at Hope Stone I left thinking "I just found my people". The art created is excellent, but more importantly it is used to grow people and connect them to each other.
Hope Stone has a very important mission. They want to ensure that all groups in our community have art available to them in some form. My family became involved with this organization when my son was quite young. As he grew, we used and participated in different services. Most recently he worked in a group that brought teenagers and the elderly together for theater.
I can't even begin to express the passion that everyone involved with this organization has. Their vision and leadership are something to be admired and supported. Jane Weiner and her team add so much to our community on a daily basis. It has been our pleasure to have had the opportunity to support the organization.
I would like to give a review for Hope Stone! My daughter has been a part of their programming for many years from music, to dance, to theatre. By far, her involvement with this organization has been one of her most profound yet. I am constantly delighted with the creativity and ingenuity the classes manifest. Hope Stone has been a source of deep challenges and transformation for Lily. She always looks forward to being a part of the magic when a new opportunity arises.
Jane's vision for the company continues to be an inspiration and an asset for Houston. There is truly nothing else like this group.
I can't recommend Hope Stone enough. I encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with this gem.
I have been a dancer and teacher with Hopestone for the past five years.
I am currently teach special populations for Hopestone including underserved, homeless and disabled.
Art teaches compassion, critical thinking, confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, how to receive constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. I see this overall growth of my students throughout the year.
The reach of the Hopestone organization is vast and is continually growing. The dedication to quality teaching is of utmost importance and teachers are given the necessary tools to excel.
This organization is always striving to evolve in order to give art to all.
I am new to Houston but have heard about Hope Stone's work to bring art to the underserved for a while. This company is thinking "out of the box" to find more ways that art can bring joy, heal and help people evolve! I'm truly honored to know the artists involved and am inspired by their work!
I have been involved with Hope Stone for over 3 years. This organization has a terrific vision and offers first rate programs. There CEO and staff operate with the highest levels of integrity. The ongoing outreach to bring art to those without access has been something to watch and be a part of. If you attend any Hope Stone event you will see children and adults transformed before your eyes.
I cannot say enough about how great this organization is and the wonderful things they bring to our children! The instructors are so loving and caring!! They take time to warm the hearts of all the children they come in contact with on a weekly basis!! Wednesdays are our favorite days!!! We love Hope Stone!! Thanks for bringing the ARTS to our fabulous children at Generation One!!!!
We have had a wonderful partnership with Hope Stone for several years. It has been a great experience. From the administration to the teachers, it has been a pleasure to work with them. They are flexible and attentive to any ideas and suggestions. Aside from those positive things, their program is of great benefit to the children they serve in our program. Our children grow in many ways through the enrichment they receive through the Hope Stone program.
It is truly amazing the importance of non-profit art programs in the overall education process for society today. I am continually in awe of the outreach and the profound success Hope Stone brings to children whom have had art programs completely removed from their educational programs. This success is what has inspired me to stay involved with the program. Our children have grown up with this program and have gone on to give back by working with the amazing professional teaching staff in the classrooms today.
Hope Stone is one of the most visible and effective dance and art outreach programs for all ages in Houston! We heard about Hope Stone not long after we moved to Houston, and we heard of and witnessed the impact that they had on the community as a whole! Besides outreach, social dance lessons were offered, of which I have taken Salsa and Waltz... the only two dance classes I've ever taken. On top of that, the Hope Stone dance company introduced me to some of the most fun and innovative dancers and choreographers in the area. I can honestly say that Hope Stone has been one of the things I like most about Houston, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!
My three children attended " Kid's Play " a performance program at Hope Stone for about 4 years. The level of commitment and talent Hope Stone's staff brought to my children and their peers was a important support the children needed. It was difficult to say goodbye when we moved out of Houston!
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All three of my kids have enjoyed Hopestone's Kid's Play for several years now! My older teen loves the teens group of dance, yoga, drama, and drumming! His teachers are talented and good role models! My younger teen has found his nitch with the photography class, his teacher is fantastic!
Hopestone is a organization that believes in art for all.
I am a strong believer that all should have the opportunity to heal, learn and grow through art. Hopestone is an organization that has allowed me to share and teach dance to others. In the process I have found that when people are finished with the dance class they are excited that they have the opportunity to dance, express themselves and learn. Usually they express to me that they are glad that dance classes exist and that they try to go to gyms and work out but it doesn't feel as good for the body.
Children in my experience have the same experience., minus the gym part They enjoy the creative choices in a structured environment. I have seen growth and joy from big to smalll!
Everyone progresses at their own rate and all victories are celebrated and acknowledged in this art and dance organization. This I find is different from any other of its kind in Houston.
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I moved back to Houston with the intention of moving to New York City after I saved up some money. On my journey I needed to keep my dancing skills intact and found Hopestone. I started by taking class, then I started to volunteer, then I was asked to help with the childerns programs, then I was asked to be a company member and teach technique class.
Not only do I have the opportunity to change lives through dance in Houston but I have found a place that has allowed me to do so with such ease.
I currently have no intention on moving and look forward to growing with and in this community called Hopestone.
Hope Stone Inc is such a wonderful non-profit organization. The kids program is just one of the many ways they teach humans about art and how art is beneficial for the soul. Hope stone has taught me to be a better dancer and learn how to love the art in our everyday existence.
A dynamic organization that continues to push art to the forefront. Inspiring, creative and a community gem.
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 became an intern at Hope Stone right after I graduated from college and moved to Houston 2 years ago. At this time I did not have a job yet in the Houston area, but I knew Hope offered a welcoming start to jump into the Houston arts community. It is a place I can go to take class; to continue growing as an artist, to come back to my center, and to be with others who share my love for learning about movement. Jane has had a huge impact on my dance education since college. She and the entire Hope Stone staff have such a generous, genuine, and positive energy. One of the most positive programs that this organization has in effect is HopeWerks; a residency program that allows young and growing artists the opportunity to use the space for artistic creation and production. I have been a part of 2 HopeWerks so far and have applied for the opportunity to have my own residency. Hope Stone is definitely an asset to the Houston arts community. It is one of the few organizations in Houston in which I have felt at home.
I have watched this wonderful non profit Hope Stone Inc. from its birth and Jane Weiner make it happen with all of her heart and soul. It's been a journey and hard hard hard work on her part and all who are involved. I love the company and what it stands for and the things that it does for this community. It's just what it says it is. HOPE for the community and all who enter it's doors. The best of the Best.
I started going to Hope Stone about a year ago right after graduating from college and joined the company. The classes offered are great and I always fall in love with all the instructors. Not only the classes and instructors are great, the staff at Hope Stone are very nice and friendly as well. Overall, this place is full of love and warm people. Going to the Hope studio is now a part of my daily routine. I can't start a day without taking a class there.
My six-year-old son started taking kids yoga and creative movement last fall and he absolutely loves it. The teachers are top notch. They are kind and friendly and respectful of the children. They also are constantly encouraging the kids in fun ways to reach beyond what they thought they could do physically and artistically. We are so happy at Hope Stone!