“For the 20 junior students, first period theater was more than a class or a credit on a transcript. It was a safe place: a place of free expression, of high expectations, a place to be and to better oneself, a place of learning and of hope.” -High School Principal
Now in its 16th year, The Hope Project provides mindful arts education to 9 schools/organizations, reaching over 1,100 students, ages 2-99 years. Diverse populations are served in the program – school children ages 2-18, homeless youth, the elderly, physically and intellectually disabled children, and veterans.
The Hope Project teaching artists, dedicated individuals who are passionate about sharing their artistic gifts, are the lifeblood of the program. Each teaching artist works closely with their students, combining art instruction and art making, while integrating life skills. The goal of The Hope Project is not to create professional artists, but rather to create creative citizens who learn teamwork, compassion, communication, respect for diversity, and problem-solving abilities that are essential to the success of growing communities and businesses.
The Hope Project 2017-2018 community partners include:
Early Learning (18 mos–6 yrs)
• House of Tiny Treasures (4-year partner)
• Small Steps Nurturing Center (6-year partner)
Elementary (K–5th grades)
• Browning Elementary School (3-year partner)
• Poe Elementary (2-year partner)
• Marshall Middle School (new partner)
• Post Oak Middle School (2-year partner)
• Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston (6-year partner)
• High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (3-year partner)
Elderly/Multigenerational (with pre-, middle and high schools)
• Brookdale Senior Living Solutions (4-year partner) .
• Village of River Oaks (new partner)