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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

33 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.

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

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 : )

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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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

1 Amy_52

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a believer and supporter in Hope Stone for many years. My children and I have all enjoyed classes at Hope Stone. Jane Wiener's internal sunlight and incredible enthusiasm for bringing the arts back into childrens' and adults' lives is unmatched. As well as the classes, Hope Stone takes classes to schools that do not provide art in any way. Hope Stone also has an amazing dance company which performs throughout the year. My kids and I LOVE going to their shows because they all have a "Jane flair" that is sure to fill you with joy. Helping Hope Stone in anyway is an honor and gives me pure joy! I will always support Hope Stone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone still has a very special place in my heart. Jane Weiner believed in my artistry and her willingness to offer me a number of opportunities proved to impact my confidence that still positively affects my creative career today. Hope Stone was most definitely my dance home in a number of ways and I know I would still feel the warmth of home if I were to visit even many years later. It was a safe and joyful place I was able to explore parts of myself, my artistry and my talents.

Thank you Hope Stone for your lasting impact!

Erica28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a lover of modern dance, I was a regular at Hope Stone while still living in Houston. I might be completely biased because of the supportive community of Hope Stone or it might be the talent that exudes from every single one of the company members – past and present – including the artistic director. Nonetheless, I am a huge believer of all that Hope Stone stands for: from creative movement for children to teaching young adults to create and express via art. Art of Hope Stone. Art of the Earth. Art for all.

Roxy T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hopestone is a wonderful place that cares about the community and kids. They offer scholarships to kiss that can not afford their program, ensuring that all children have access to the arts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Hopestone as an intern during the summer of 2012. This was my second summer interning at the studio, and just as the summer before, I had a blast!! I love the atmosphere at Hopestone. I always feel at home there, and I love interacting with the dancers and the teachers. Hopestone attracts all types of dancers from professionals to students who are brand-new to the art form, and Hopestone provides an environment in which dancers from all over the experience spectrum can come to be challenged as well as nurtured technically and artistically. I love it, and I would recommend this studio to everyone from the seasoned professional to the first-time student!

Tati V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Houston 4 years ago, and had lost all hope of finding a place where I could go back to my dancing and find an art-dance community with which I could be involved. I went for a class at Hope Stone and realized that that was it! The place is open, full of generous people and a great sense of community that take art and art education seriously. My 17 year-old son is part of the Youth Sound at Hope Stone and I couldn't be happier for him, as I see that he has also found a place to exchange and learn and grow in his artistic expression. I have volunteered for events and at the studio and I feel privileged to be able to help in some way.

Jessica87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New to Houston and a recent grad, I came to Hope Stone to continue dancing and because I was intrigued by their service-minded mission. The strong sense of community at Hope Stone welcomed me instantly and the teachers and other dancers invigorated me artistically. Before long, I became a volunteer, helping with administrative tasks once a week and occasionally staffing events. I love Hope Stone's unique model that puts outreach and service at the heart of its mission yet still maintains an outstanding class schedule and professional company. Hope Stone showed me that amazing work can be done when you use your passions to address real needs, and I know they are instilling this kind of purposefulness in the life of every person who walks through their doors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the community at Hope Stone as a New Year's resolution for 2012. I was impressed to be around such a diverse group where the positivity flows all around this quaint little space. I had decided to go back to a part time hobby of mine after not getting tondo it for 8 years as I put myself through college and started a family. I was quite tense and nervous. I knew I would be rusty and behind for a while, therefore not enjoying it as much because that's just the way it is for me. I was happy to see all types there. From professionals to average people, and very young to very old. I decided to try out an intro ballet class and felt so happy to see much older women dancing much better than I and living their life to the fullest. It is neat to watch the professionals in their element and dance alongside them. It has been a place for me to meet like minded people who dance for dance sake and just live to move their bodies in expression. I am a very recluse person right now. I have two young children and i am a stay at home mom and I don't hire help because you just can't trust people these days. I have found a safe place in Hope Stone and feel like a part of something again. The owner, Jane Weiner, has a comradery with her staff and every person that walks in her path can feel the impact of her heart. She truly has a vision and empowers others to experience what the arts can do for the integrity of the human experience.

Toni Valle

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. My son has been a part of Hope Stone Kids for two years and loves it. He actually wants to go to class. The teachers are warm and genuinely interested in him a a performer and as a person. Hopestone teaches children to find their own talent and love of art instead of trying to be cookie-cutouts of everyone else. My son is a bit shy and they have fostered his love of singing and acting and helped him do his first performance. We would not go anywhere else.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is not often that one finds a company that so clearly gives back more than it is given, but Hope Stone unmistakably rises to the top of this list. I have had the privilege of spending countless hours each week working with Jane and her company over the last few years, and in many ways they have essentially become like a second family to me. The experience of creating art with a group so genuinely dedicated to their work and to each other has not only redefined my ideas of what is important in life, but I also believe that everyone who walks though those doors cannot avoid taking with them some part of the Hope Stone essence of love, support, and cohesiveness, and spreading it to others when they leave the studio. Jane and her company continue to create amazing dance and art, and beyond this provide an incredible outreach program that has so obviously impacted the lives of countless children, many of whom are at-risk. Hope Stone is unique in its selfless mission to instill a love of music, dance, and art, as well as to nurture creativity and expressiveness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a lovely place. It's so artsy and friendly-everybody knows eachother. Jane is so cool for starting it and the teachers are very nice and helpful. I hadn't done dance since kindergarden, but I'm glad I started it up with Hope Stone. I love it! I've really learned a lot.