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.
Hope Stone has the ability to not only provide accessible entertainment and arts education but they some how always are able to remind us of the value art should have in our society. Art has the ability to feed our souls and brings us closer together as a community and Hope Stone never loses sight of that.
I have worked with Hope Stone, Inc for many years and am always amazed by their level of professionalism and artistry. Their community based work is inspiring and life changing for those involved. Many of my students have enjoyed interning for this organization. They always come back with a great perspective on how art can change lives. The masterclasses and choreographic work provided by the professional company are artistic, unique and fun. If you have the opportunity to be involved in this organization, DO IT!
As a teacher with experience working with students at Title I schools and as someone who has both worked with and seen the educators at Hope Stone in action, I find it difficult to express how meaningful their mission is for those they serve whether children in both public and charter schools, veterans and senior citizens. They provide a creative outlet for veterans to express their experiences in the military whether in active combat or in support of troops in combat. They provide multigenerational classes in dance and in theatre for young adults and for seniors to learn from one another's experiences and to find common ground and unique forms of expression. They also serve children in public schools, notably those whose populations are at-risk and underserved. In so doing, they provide these children not only with an arts education taught by professionals in the fields and at a time in which the arts struggle to receive funding in many Houston-area school districts, but, though the arts, they enable these young men and women to learn self-discipline and productive outlets for expressing emotion as well as improving their abilities to work as part of a group with others of different backgrounds and learning styles. They also learn to communicate clearly and to work mindfully and are provided with strategies and the means to process their emotions and to reduce stress, skills that are not only invaluable to school-aged children regularly assessed on the material they learn in their core classes but also to the young men and women they will grow to become.
Hope Stone Inc is the type of non-profit we should be keeping an eye on. Their services are valuable, delivered with the best professionalism and with their help, countless families are able to make their lives better. They are also encouraging community engagement, making better neighbors out of all of us.
Hope Stone is one of the most important and truly compassionate companies I've ever learned about Houston. What Jane is directing here goes beyond mere idea and dream; she makes a difference in people's lives, not only within the arts community but beyond it, reaching families and individuals whose lives ache and yearn for change, for recognition, for help, and for celebration, especially when it comes to the wondrous and meaningful experience of human connection.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been a dancer and teacher with Hopestone for the past five years.
I am currently teach special populations for Hopestone including underserved, homeless and disabled.
Art teaches compassion, critical thinking, confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, how to receive constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. I see this overall growth of my students throughout the year.
The reach of the Hopestone organization is vast and is continually growing. The dedication to quality teaching is of utmost importance and teachers are given the necessary tools to excel.
This organization is always striving to evolve in order to give art to all.
I am new to Houston but have heard about Hope Stone's work to bring art to the underserved for a while. This company is thinking "out of the box" to find more ways that art can bring joy, heal and help people evolve! I'm truly honored to know the artists involved and am inspired by their work!
Hopestone is a organization that believes in art for all.
I am a strong believer that all should have the opportunity to heal, learn and grow through art. Hopestone is an organization that has allowed me to share and teach dance to others. In the process I have found that when people are finished with the dance class they are excited that they have the opportunity to dance, express themselves and learn. Usually they express to me that they are glad that dance classes exist and that they try to go to gyms and work out but it doesn't feel as good for the body.
Children in my experience have the same experience., minus the gym part They enjoy the creative choices in a structured environment. I have seen growth and joy from big to smalll!
Everyone progresses at their own rate and all victories are celebrated and acknowledged in this art and dance organization. This I find is different from any other of its kind in Houston.
Review from Guidestar
I moved back to Houston with the intention of moving to New York City after I saved up some money. On my journey I needed to keep my dancing skills intact and found Hopestone. I started by taking class, then I started to volunteer, then I was asked to help with the childerns programs, then I was asked to be a company member and teach technique class.
Not only do I have the opportunity to change lives through dance in Houston but I have found a place that has allowed me to do so with such ease.
I currently have no intention on moving and look forward to growing with and in this community called Hopestone.
I became an intern at Hope Stone right after I graduated from college and moved to Houston 2 years ago. At this time I did not have a job yet in the Houston area, but I knew Hope offered a welcoming start to jump into the Houston arts community. It is a place I can go to take class; to continue growing as an artist, to come back to my center, and to be with others who share my love for learning about movement. Jane has had a huge impact on my dance education since college. She and the entire Hope Stone staff have such a generous, genuine, and positive energy. One of the most positive programs that this organization has in effect is HopeWerks; a residency program that allows young and growing artists the opportunity to use the space for artistic creation and production. I have been a part of 2 HopeWerks so far and have applied for the opportunity to have my own residency. Hope Stone is definitely an asset to the Houston arts community. It is one of the few organizations in Houston in which I have felt at home.
I started going to Hope Stone about a year ago right after graduating from college and joined the company. The classes offered are great and I always fall in love with all the instructors. Not only the classes and instructors are great, the staff at Hope Stone are very nice and friendly as well. Overall, this place is full of love and warm people. Going to the Hope studio is now a part of my daily routine. I can't start a day without taking a class there.
Hope Stone not only fills our lives with art through wonderful performances and classes for both children and adults, but provides a to go place for the former dancer who enjoys working out in a caring, loving, easy going, welcoming, always improving environment like their's.
I first started taking class at HopeStone a few years ago participating in the adult dance program, I was immediately impress by the level of their instructors and the welcoming atmosphere. A year ago I had to go through foot surgery and was unable to dance for a while, Jane suggested a few classes a could participate on with a cast on my foot that would help me stay in shape and aid my recovery, I loved the classes and I have kept coming back to them in addition to ballet now. The diversity and quality of the classes offered is again impressive. On the other hand the wonderful job they do with the children and with their performing company is what every city needs to keep the arts alive and thriving.
It is hard to find only a few words to describe the awesome force that is Hope Stone, Inc. From the moment I stepped into the studio with the Hope Stone Family, I knew that I too had come home. From the smell of freshly made coffee to the laughter of children ages 2-92, there is never an uninspired moment in this amazing space.
I was welcomed into the Hopestone fold with loving, open arms and made to feel at home right away. I am a musical accompanist for modern and improv dance classes at Hopestone for both children and adults, and have recently joined the teaching staff. Jane Weiner sets an incredible tone of inclusiveness and participation in what goes on at Hopestone, whether it be novice adult dancers, or children learning drums, theatre, or dance.
This organization's ability to create community through the arts is amazing! Hope Stone Kids nourishes the needs of children through arts education. Cultivating Creative Thinkers in all parts of our city. I know young adults who took class throughout their childhood and continue to take class and volunteer at Hope Center. This is a very special organization this is changing the way we value arts education.
I serve as a teacher, student, stage manager and superfan of Hope Stone. Everyone is accepted there. The kids are learning peace and humanity through arts discipline. It's beautiful to watch. The Company of dancers are amazing people and artists. Jane Weiner is a powerful force of GOOD. The board of directors have a vision that serves our community through enriching us with new performances and growing new artists that will be balanced and peaceful people.