hope stone new orleans hosts “studio 54” gala to raise funds for free arts education.

Hope Stone New Orleans is hosting Disco for Dance! gala event on April 20, 2013, from 6 – 10 pm at NOLA Spaces for community members interested in ensuring that art is accessible for all. The organization aims to raise $10,000 to provide scholarships for New Orleanian youth to participate in the Hope Stone Kids New Orleans arts program at NOLA Spaces, the renovated firehouse located at 1719 Toledano.

Festivities will begin at 6 pm with an cocktail reception where guests, who are encouraged to come in “Studio 54” and disco costumes, will have the opportunity to explore the new facility and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine from local restaurants. Following the reception, Hope Stone New Orleans will offer a Hustle Dance Lesson to all guests. The DJ will spin disco favorites for guests who are ready to get out on the floor and dance.

Throughout the night, raffle girls dressed in “raffle ticket fringe” costumes will be selling tickets to two separate raffles – the “Nothing Raffle,” which will consist of buying as many tickets as possible to get the girls to the point where there’s “nothing” left, as well as the “Something Raffle,” where a $20 raffle ticket could win a guest a mini iPAD! Winners will be announced at 9:30 pm, followed by a very special surprise revelation.

General tickets are $75. VIP packages are $250 and include a red carpet entrance, a makeup session with a fabulous guest makeup artist for a photo shoot with a professional photographer, specialty cocktails crafted by a certified mixologist, and a customized Studio 54 take home gift featuring an original piece of art by a Hope Stone student. For the price of a VIP ticket, one child will receive a full 15-week program scholarship.

For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Dana Reed at dana@hopestoneinc.org or call (504) 390-8399



Hope Stone New Orleans is an extension of the national Houston-based Hope Stone, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1997 in Houston that unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults and is committed to providing art for all and expanding boundaries through engaging artistic experiences. Hope Stone entered the New Orleans market in 2010, originally as Kid’s Play New Orleans and later as Hope Stone Kids New Orleans, then grew the organization to include adult programming and children’s (paid) classes at the organization’s new headquarters at NOLA Spaces, and therefore transitioned to the name Hope Stone New Orleans. Children’s classes are for ages 3 – 17 and include creative movement, ballet, hip hop, theater and modern dance. Adult classes for those over 18 include modern dance and ballet.

Hope Stone New Orleans continues to run the Hope Stone Kids New Orleans program, a youth outreach program that offers FREE (scholarship-based) arts education to more than 300 underserved youth in New Orleans each year, at NOLA Spaces and as part of various existing after-school sites, schools, and community centers around town. Skilled master teachers and artists train students in dance, music, photography, theater, improvisation, creative writing, drumming and yoga, providing young participants with an arts education that builds self-esteem, confidence and the skills that children need to be the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers. The students also gain a greater knowledge of New Orleans’ rich arts culture and heritage while expanding their own individual creativity and self-expression.

For information on Hope Stone New Orleans, its classes for adults and children, and the Hope Stone Kids New Orleans program, call at 504-390-8399 or visit www.hopestoneinc.org. NOLA Spaces is located at 1719 Toledano, New Orleans, LA.

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.

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