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

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What we Do

Programs

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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

For the past four years, our Team Production students have had a 100% graduation rate. 58% have gone on to Post-secondary education, 50% are employed, and 25% are doing both.

>>See our impact

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Artwork

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.

>>Take a look at students’ artwork

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

It's a beautiful day for a garden party! Join us at Edgewood Garden Studios this afternoon for a special event in support of Arts Connect. Tickets available at the door. ... See MoreSee Less

Arts Connect Garden Gather

July 24, 2016, 2:00pm - July 24, 2016, 7:00pm

Edgewood Garden

Join us at Edgewood Garden, a grand private estate featuring many vibrant and beautiful themed gardens, to celebrate the accomplishments and growth of Hilltop Artists’ Arts Connect! www.edgewoodgarden.info/index.htm The event will include garden tours, refreshments, entertainment, and opportunities to learn more about the vital work of the Arts Connect program. Hosted by: Arts Connect Giving Circle, Hilltop Artists, and Ilga Jansons and Michael Dryfoos The Arts Connect Giving Circle is a philanthropic group of volunteers that has formed to support the sustainability of the Arts Connect program. For questions about the Giving Circle or the event, please contact Kate Albert Ward at info@hilltopartists.org. Tickets: $40 Location: Address will be provided upon registration.

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Today is National Marble Day! Check out some of the beautiful marbles our students have created... ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer School 2016 is in the books! Our students mixed fun and hard work during their two-week session to make friends, learn new skills, and create beautiful artwork!

Students had the option of glassblowing, glass fusion, or bead making. Each session ended with a celebration to show off their creations to family and friends. As always, we are so impressed by their creativity! #summerlearningtacoma
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Summer School 2016 is in the books! Our students mixed fun and hard work during their two-week session to make friends, learn new skills, and create beautiful artwork! Students had the option of glassblowing, glass fusion, or bead making. Each session ended with a celebration to show off their creations to family and friends. As always, we are so impressed by their creativity! #summerlearningtacoma

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Upcoming Events

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Tuesday

Aug 02, 2016

4:00pm - 7:00pm
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IMG_1429 2016 Arts Night Out
Join Us for National Night Out Free and fun for all ages! Let’s…read more
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Wednesday

Aug 10, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
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MoG Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass
 Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass Photo courtesy of M Agency Hillto…read more
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Thursday

Aug 11, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
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MoG Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass
 Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass Photo courtesy of M Agency Hillto…read more
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Friday

Aug 12, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
Event
MoG Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass
 Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass Photo courtesy of M Agency Hillto…read more
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Get Involved

Volunteer

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Participate

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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Donate

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.

>>Donate to Hilltop Artists

Donate

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Volunteer

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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