Caring, educating and providing a safe environment for children to express their
creativity is an important and vital mission. Now, thanks to a generous donation
from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Hope Stone New Orleans is able to further
achieve this mission.
Hope Stone New Orleans is a local, independent 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit that was
launched in 2010. The vision of Hope Stone New Orleans is to provide "Arts for All”
through our innovative arts education programs. Our programs offer a structured
creative outlet for individuals to explore, find, and recognize their full artistic
potential. Our organization celebrates the creativity and diversity of New Orleans
and our innovative programming encourages self-expression, passion, and
community through collaborative thinking. Our scholarship program ensures the
arts are available to all.
We are currently hosting our sixth annual 12-week-long summer arts camp, located
at Nola Spaces (1719 Toledano St.). We reach out to a diverse population and
provide an enriched arts experience to many New Orleans children and youth. More
than 70% of our campers have been awarded full or partial scholarships to attend
this educational and highly participatory arts experience. Thanks to the donation
from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, we were able to award an additional 380
weekly camp scholarships, which doubles our camp attendance.
All of our students are provided with healthy meals and receive daily classes in
music, dance, theater, and visual arts from professional artists and educators. We
encourage uniqueness and individuality, and our instructors guide campers to
discover each art form in their own way.
Oscar Judah Thomas, a lifetime resident of New Orleans, passed away on December
2, 2013 at the age of 93. Mr. Tolmas lived a long and multifaceted life: because his
parents were immigrants they stressed the importance of education on their
children. This early inclination towards schooling led to his graduation from both
Tulane University in 1941 and Tulane Law School in 1943. After graduation, Tolmas
went on to serve as a naval officer during WWII. He was a lawyer, businessman, real
estate developer, and homebuilder. Mr Tolmas’ love for horse racing led him to
eventually establishing Tolmas Racing Stables with one of his brothers. He owned
and bred horses, entering them in races all around the country. Mr. Tolmas lived an
incredible life. In his last will and testament, Mr. Tolmas left 100% of his assets to
the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust with the mission to “assist other tax-exempt
charitable organizations with their missions of helping others”. Mr. Tolmas’ legacy
of generosity and passion for the New Orleans community will live on in the hearts
Hope Stone New Orleans is still accepting applications for some weeks of our camp
programs. Our goal is to offer 580 weekly summer camp scholarships in 2015. If you
are interested in enrolling your child in Hope Stone summer camp please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (504) 390-8399.