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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

183 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.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4 Kelley B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

To All My Dear Friends

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Joanna21

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.