USING GLASS ARTS TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM
DIVERSE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS TO BETTER FUTURES

What we Do

Programs

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.

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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.

Featured Stories

Have you met Kathy?

Her work space might be tucked in the back of our staff office, but Kathy, the Hilltop Artists Outreach Manager, is on the front lines of connecting our students and their families with community support services. Through this important work, she becomes a trusted adult, sometimes the trusted adult, for our students to turn to when facing challenges. Many of…

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(Former) Student Story – Sam

Sam has been part of the Hilltop Artists family for 14 years -- starting out as a student in our Daytime program at Jason Lee Middle School and recently hired as our 3rd Daytime Teacher when we added a new position this year. Growing up, home life was hard for Sam, but in the midst of the chaos she found…

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Student Story – Ari

As a student in our Daytime program, Ari worked closely with Instructor Greg to create blown glass birds.  “We worked the whole year and he got pretty good!” Greg reported. After noticing Ari’s enthusiasm for glass blowing and his potential, Greg recommended Ari for our Summer Team Production. He hasn’t had a chance to make any more birds yet because…

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What’s Happening

Tomorrow! Swing by for a some shopping in our Gallery. We are dreaming of sun and riding waves this week so any purchase of a Wavy Bowl includes a pair of Hilltop Artists sunglasses! ... See MoreSee Less

Hilltop Artists' January Gallery Hours

January 11, 2018, 5:00pm - January 11, 2018, 9:00pm

Take a break from the dreary weather and “ride the wave” at Hilltop Artist’s January Gallery Hours! We will be turning up the summer tunes, warming up next to the furnace, and dreaming of summe...

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Take a break from the dreary weather and “ride the wave” at Hilltop Artist’s January Gallery Hours! We will be turning up the summer tunes, warming up next to the furnace, and dreaming of summer weather. If you don’t want to shop, you can sit and watch our Team Production in action. PURCHASE A WAVY BOWL AND GET A PAIR OF HILLTOP ARTISTS SUNGLASSES!*

Once per month, we open up the Hilltop Artists gallery for public shopping hours. Come check out our beautiful student-made glass art! We have jewelry, vases, fused glass….you never know what unique treasure you might find as student-made art is always one-of-a-kind. The proceeds from our glass sales go straight back into our programs and help us provide tuition-free glass arts instruction for 650 students each year.

*Promo offer of sunglasses with purchase of a wavy bowl only valid 1/11/1
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Hilltop Artists connects young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures. Through glass arts instruction and related arts training we promote the discovery of creativity and self-expression, increased academic and social skills, and youth leadership.
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Hilltop Artists' January Gallery Hours

January 11, 2018, 5:00pm - January 11, 2018, 9:00pm

Take a break from the dreary weather and “ride the wave” at Hilltop Artist’s January Gallery Hours! We will be turning up the summer tunes, warming up next to the furnace, and dreaming of summe...

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Check out some Hilltop Artists art on display at Children's Museum of Tacoma! ... See MoreSee Less

We are super excited to have on display several glass sculptures created as part of the "Mountains and Sea" project. Symphony Tacoma, Museum of Glass, and Hilltop Artists in Residence collaborated w...

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time

Thursday

Jan 18, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Date/Time

Thursday

Feb 08, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Event
WEBSITE event Valentines Gallery Hours 2 Valentine Gallery Hours
Show your sweetheart how much you care! 10% off red or pink glass. Com…
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Date/Time

Thursday

Feb 15, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …
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Date/Time

Thursday

Mar 15, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …
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Get Involved

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PARTICIPATE

Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 12-20, 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.

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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.