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Hope Stone, Inc

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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

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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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is an incredible organization that not only brings joy to the community but helps to make communities by uniting those who love to support the arts! The staff is hard working and the company puts on brilliant performances.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is amazing! Their dance performances are innovative and impactful. Their teachers are caring and well trained in their technique. The kids bloom in this environment that fosters creativity and curiosity. It is the real deal and an organization that any parent would love for their child to be a part of.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is creative combination of all the things Jane Weiner loves: children and all people, actually; dance and all arts, actually, plus lots of philanthropy and community service. For adults, there are classes in a broad range of dance forms and movement with the very finest teachers. There is "Parent & Me" and "KP Tinies" for very young children where they are allowed to use their imagination to express themselves through movement and learn share and wait their turns. For old kids there is "Kids Play" and "KP Teens" for which at-risk kids pay no tuition. Here the self-expression continues in the safe and loving environment which Jane cultivates because she believes that "every child is an at-risk child." In fact, everyone at Hope Stone, no matter what their age or reason for being there, feels when they enter the door, that they are at home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former professional dancer who takes ballet classes at Hope Stone. I continue to be impressed with the organization and Jane Weiner, its director. Each time I walk into the Hope Stone studios, I enter a world where everyone is friendly, welcoming, encouraging, and inclusive. The dance world can be very intimidating and during the course of my career, I have never found an environment as warm as Hope Stone. When class is over, I literally don’t want to leave. Hope Stone has an incredibly talented team of instructors who take a genuine interest in the students. When I watch the teachers interact with the children in Kids Play, I am absolutely amazed at the level of patience, compassion, and encouragement given. The children love their Hope Stone experience. I see the delight in their eyes when they arrive. Each child is treated as if he/she is special. Not only do the children have a blast, but they leave with a renewed sense of self-worth. It is a joy to watch these children as their personalities explode and their spirits soar. Through its programs, Hope Stone has fostered an environment where everyone flourishes regardless of age, race, ability, socio-economic background, etc. I have seen only positive results in my own dancing since attending classes there. I am appreciative that Jane continues to strive for higher standards each and every day. The results of her efforts are evident in the quality of the facilities, instruction, productions, and overall growth. Hope Stone has definitely raised the bar in the promotion of arts and culture in the Houston.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is making difference in childrens' lives (and those who are part their lives and to those that give to Hope Stone as well)...giving them purpose, self-esteem, confidence, safe-haven and...lest we forget, ART! These are invaluable to young people whose lives are often fragile and complicated. Making a positive difference in their lives makes a positive difference in the community. Amen to that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our children have been involved with Hope Stone for 5 years. The creative growth that I have seen in both of them is inspiring. Jane Weiner and her amazing staff have helped opened their bodies, minds and hearts to world where creative expression and passion thrive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a wonderful community for kids & adults to nourish their soul and access the arts! I always see smiling faces at Hope Stone...no matter if its an adult ballet class, the Kids Play kids rehearsing or if I'm lucky enough to be there when the company is in rehearsals, its a good place. This past fall ('09) at the "The Village of Waltz" performance was an example of how the arts can effect childrens lives. I've never been in a room where there were hundreds of kids in a theatre and they were quietly transfixed by the performance on stage. Afterwards, the conversations & reviews overheard were priceless. By the way...with the support of generous contributions, it was possible for these children to come to the theatre, experience a live professional dance company and understand the opportunities available to them at no cost. The Hope Stone teachers, kids, dancers & the staff offer the rest of us/me the chance to be a part of something wonderful. Maybe, you might consider contributing or joining us? Who doesn't like to smile?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hope Stone for a number of years, both on their Board and as an adult student of ballet. This has got to be the most welcoming, nurturing arts organization in the region. What other dance company donates an entire section of their main performance each year free to kids who might never otherwise attend an arts/dance performance?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a gem! It is an excellent arts institute and provides an empowering atmosphere for children/youth, offering dancing, drumming, musical theater. Teachers are very talented artists who work well with children. Classes are given in a non-competitive environment that encourages diversity and enhances self-confidence and self-esteem. The children LOVE to attend Hope Stone classes and the performances are "superb"!