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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

2 Ashley158

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.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has a true passion for the arts in the community. It has given the gift and opportunity to children and adults to experience dance and creativity.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 : )

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 aholberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Tramon B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!