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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

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopestone has been a wonderful addition to our program at Krause RTC. We are a facility that serves 65 teenagers from child protective services and the juvenile department of probation. So many of our kids are gifted in the arts but have never had oppurtunities to learn and grow in this area. Hopestone helps to expand their horizons, strengthen their skills, and gives them something positive to cling to in times of struggle. What they do is described best in the words of one of our 15 year old boys who participates in dance. "At the start of class I was frustrated, but now that its over I feel my negative feelings have been erased and replaced by positive ones" Thank you for supporting our kids! Krause Children's Center Katy, TX

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone says yes. My son has autism. He has a severe speech delay and trouble with motor skills, but he has the heart of an artist. He gets to dance, act, make music and make friends at Hope Stone because they accept everyone. There are a few children that don't have learning differences who go to school with him and are also in his dance class. I know that their getting to see him at Hope Stone makes them more accepting of him at school because they've seen him shine there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is the ideal setting for my daughter. The staff are working artists who share their skills, passion for their art, and most importantly their work ethic with students. While learning their art and having fun young students begin to understand that their is a component of hard work and perseverance that is required.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids Play program at Hope Stone has been fantastic for my child who has been attending for several years. Being part of the program has given her confidence and grace. Without the scholarship opportunities there is no way we would be able to participate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended yoga classes over the past several years at Hope Stone Inc., as well as attended ballet classes before that. The quality of instruction is excellent; the environment is always high quality; teachers and staff who work and volunteer there are professional AND fun to work with. Classes offered change over time, so there is a steady variety of classes to choose from...as well as the popular favorites that so many students enjoy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken ballet, modern dance, yamuna body rolling, pilates, and yoga at hope stone. It's a supportive community with great teachers who really care about you. I always look forward to attending classes there. The performances they put on are, of course, also wonderful. They bring so much to the Houston dance community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is really enjoying her time at Hope Stone. Jane Weiner has developed a strong program to meet the children at their level. And in the end, pulls off a fantastic "show" so they all feel very good about their experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has personally brought so much art to my self and my family. Where can you go as a 40 year old who has not taken ballet in 24 years and be comfortable dancing with ex principal ballerinas? Hope Center... Where can a 12 year old boy go to learn photography and art, on a scholarship, and have a teacher that propels his self-esteem to the stars? Kids Play through Hope Stone...Who places on stage an unbelievable group of dancers and musicians, somehow highlighting each individual talent to create a masterpiece of art? Hope Stone. The organization , with Jane Weiner at the helm, is a true gem in the Texas art scene. Now that I live in London, it is one of the things about Houston I miss the most.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have had the extraordinary opportunity to take classes at Hope Stone. As their mom, there is nothing better then watching their creativity blossom under the tutelage of the phenominal teaching staff at Hope Stone. To be able to learn from professionals in dance, acting, and music alongside peers from all over Houston is a unique situation. The fact that EVERYONE is nice is amazing! I appreciate the diversity, the scholarships and that Hope Stone is a working creative studio making art with kids, and adults. It's a vibrant atmosphere in which all are included.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Knowing Jane Weiner's sense of groundedness in personality, movement, and inter-relations, when I was coming back to her dance studio after 5 years of not dancing professionally I felt so reasurred in body, mind, and soul. After hearing other dancers in the community talk about the accepting environment and then committing to see my own needs as an artist come to life, I instantly acted on what I considered a safe risk. I was welcomed and my artistic spirit rekindled. With increasing competition in the arts and performance in America, people of all ages and arts need a place to go that is safe and supportive not critical and demanding. We are apt to listen to sick fools who think tongue lashing is the way to increase talent and that the superstar is the only star; this is our greatest misfortune as a society. Artists change society for the better when they have a healthy body, mind, and strong spirit. Hopestone is a beacon of light in a dark as dark can be artist's world. Hopestone also encourages cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary art education which is what our youth need today; they are so eager, we need to support them...all of us will be held accountable for what we do and do not do...Hopestone and Jane Weiner are setting a great example and I think they should be rewarded for their intention and efforts. If you are wondering if this is really true my only response is: experience it for yourself or create/find an environment near you...I am sure HopeStone would be glad to help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

hope stone is love hope stone is equality hope stone is home it makes us feel part of a community - it is professionalism and respect - freedom of expression with conscience - it's waltz and rap - young teachers learning to teach the love for creative movements to a toddler - dogs hanging out - big joe and his body symbolizing perfection - structure and imagination - cereal boxes as donation - real musicians alive playing congas - our communitarian food in the kitchen - the neighborhood as our gang - adolescents thinking about climate change - older citizens mixed with the company dancers - kids exposed to professional mise en scenes - partnerships with other texan organizations who share our style of living - and jane weiner / see it to believe it - bellisimo regalo - proud of being part of it - una experiencia a replicar !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a remarkably encouraging environment for kids to learn about performance arts alongside professional performance artists. The teachers are genuinely passionate about sharing their love for music and dance and the written word. Kids learn that they are artists too, and wow, you should see how they shine with enthusiasm and blossoming self-esteem!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Jane Weiner, director and "energizer bunny" for Hope Stone for about 15 years. Jane has brought vision, creativity, love, inspiration and "hope" to all who are touched by her. Hope Stone is a place of refuge, joy and enduring inspiration and fun for all who enter, young and old. I have personally benefited from Pilates, yoga, gyrotronoic, and yamana ball classes in her studio. The instructors who grace Hope Stone are all incredibly talented and knowledgeable in their particular areas. I know that Jane is an inspiration to all who desire to help others, whether it be through adult fitness classes or working with children in the many programs offered.

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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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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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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"!