Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.

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What we Do


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Our Programs

All youth, ages 12-20, in Pierce County can participate in our programs, which take place in public schools in Tacoma and Franklin-Pierce School Districts.

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Our Impact

Between 2007 and 2014, 96% of all eligible Hilltop Artists students graduated from High School. 58% have gone on to Postsecondary education, 50% are employed, and 25% are doing both.

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Hilltop Artists students explore glass art through glassblowing, flameworking, mosaics, and fusion. Team Production creates glass art for commissions, installations, and our biannual glass sales.

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Featured Stories

17 Mar

Student Story – Julian

It all started with a wavy bowl. Julian, a student at Jason Lee Middle School, didn't have much interest in glass art, but needed some kind of elective so he signed up for our Daytime classes. When Summer School rolled around, he thought, "why not" - and that's when things changed. Later talking about an experience with his friend Tanner, he said "it was really special to make a wavy bowl together" - and he…

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09 Feb

Student Story – Jesus

Jesus first learned about Hilltop Artists from his cousin Luis, who has been a Hilltop Artists student for four years. You may remember reading about Luis's dedication to bead making from when he was our May student of the month. Jesus says he loves everything about making beads. He likes doing dots a little better than stringers, but ultimately he thinks it's all pretty cool. Jesus just hopes that someday he will be as good at…

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14 Jan

Student Story – Emily

Emily - a Team Production student for over two years - is an excellent beadmaker. You may have spotted her elaborate hollow bead necklaces at the Winter Glass Sale - they’re her specialty. Not only does Emily love making beads, but she also enjoys the social aspect of Team Production. She has many friends in the program, and especially appreciates meeting all of the people who are so interested in what students do, like donors,…

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What’s Happening

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Hilltop Artists Spring Glass Sale

May 7, 2016, 10:00am - May 7, 2016, 3:00pm

Jason Lee Middle School (Tacoma)

Celebrate spring with bright and beautiful glass made by Hilltop Artists students! Come and find a perfect gift to honor Mom! All proceeds go back into our tuition-free programs. Shorten your wait in line: arrive at 9am, pick up a timed ticket, and return at your appointed entry time. Bring a $10+ grocery store gift card or 3+ non-perishable food items to the sale for a surprise gift!

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Today's the day you can support Arts Connect by dining at the Lakewood Applebee's! Just present this flyer (digital or printed) between 11am and 9pm, and Applebee's will donate 10% of your food and nonalcoholic purchase! Thanks, Applebee's! ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events



Apr 12, 2016 -


May 26, 2016

All Day
Conservatory Common Threads Installation
View the Common Threads Installation Hilltop Artists students have bee…read more


May 07, 2016

10:00am - 1:00pm
HA-Event-Image 2016 Spring Glass Sale
Just in time for Mother’s Day Celebrate spring with bright and …read more


May 19, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Donate_3_Column Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …read more


May 25, 2016

5:30pm - 7:00pm
IMG_0735 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Night
Thank you, Hilltop Artists Volunteers! Join your fellow volunteers and…read more
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Get Involved


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Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 11-20, with hot glass instruction, related arts training, and adult mentors focusing on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.

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Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on public and private donations. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. In order to keep our programs tuition-free, we depend on the generosity of our supporters and advocates.

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Hilltop Artists is a community that believes in the power of volunteering to enrich the lives of our youth and the world around us. We have many ways for you to become involved with Hilltop Artists by volunteering.

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