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.
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.
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 !
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 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!
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!
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.