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

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

Between 2007 and 2013, 94% of all eligible Hilltop Artists students graduated from High School. 67% have gone on to Postsecondary education, 88% are employed, and 47% 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.

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Featured Stories

01 May

Student Story – Courtney

Courtney is a member of Team Production, and has always struggled with anxiety when meeting new people. Once she began working with the glass blowing team, it was easy to see that she is creative, inquisitive, and determined. When Courtney’s mom told her she couldn’t continue at the hot shop until she brought her math grade up, Courtney got all of her work up to date within a week! Not only has Hilltop Artists let…

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22 Apr

Student Story – Destiny

After becoming involved in the juvenile court system, Destiny was referred to Hilltop Artists' Arts Connect program by the Court's Diversion Board. At first she was reluctant to go to the mandated weekly classes, but eventually she came to love making pottery at Arts Connect and voluntarily signed up for a second session, this time glass blowing.  In contrast to her initial reticence, Destiny became the student who always volunteered first to try something new.…

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17 Apr

Student Story – Sam

Sam first came to Hilltop Artists six years ago and he was struggling with school. His special education curriculum still frustrated him and he would act out in class. But Sam began to thrive when he started doing his schoolwork in the hot shop; we found that taking breaks with physical activity helped him focus. When Sam became homeless this past year, we connected him with local resources to help support him. Despite his circumstances,…

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What’s Happening

Here's a fun video from last year's Collaborazione for your Friday afternoon: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdiyxUnVVs&safe=active

You'll be able to watch this year's Collaborazione on Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th at the Museum of Glass! Hilltop Artists students will be working with Dale Chihuly's team to make beautiful centerpieces for the Better Futures Luncheon on October 8th. See you in a week! www.facebook.com/events/263488970511700/
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3 days ago

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#TBT One of our original Visiting Artists was Therman Statom, who was recently a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Glass. Hilltop Artists Executive Director Kit Evans and Tacoma's Mayor Marilyn Strickland joined him on an episode of Hot Shop Live:

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Learn more about our early years at our upcoming 20th Anniversary Exhibition at the Museum of Glass! View the exhibition from September 13, 2013 - February 1, 2015.

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4 days ago

Celebrating 20 years! (An exhibit at the Museum of Glass)

September 13, 2014, 10:00am

Museum of Glass

Exhibit opens: September 13th Join us for Third Thursday: September 18th, free admission from 5pm-8pm; Hilltop Artists students will be blowing glass in the hot shop and giving tours of the exhibit. Come celebrate with us! 2014 is a special year for Hilltop Artists. It marks the 20th Anniversary of when we first opened our doors, our arms, and our hearts to the youth in the Tacoma community. In the two decades since, Hilltop Artists has served thousands of students, transforming their lives through the power of art, positive adult mentorship, and wrap-around services. We are so excited to announce our upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Glass! Opening on Saturday September 13, 2014 The exhibit will be on view through February 1, 2015 As one of our friends, advocates, and supporters, you too are a Hilltop Artist!! Stay tuned for updates on our events and special plans as we honor our community of founders and applaud the successes of our youth! We look forward to celebrating with you all year!

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time

Friday

Sep 05, 2014

10:00am - 5:00pm
Event
Collaborazione Collaborazione
Join Hilltop Artists in a collaboration with Dale Chihuly’s tea…read more
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Saturday

Sep 06, 2014

10:00am - 5:00pm
Event
Collaborazione Collaborazione
Join Hilltop Artists in a collaboration with Dale Chihuly’s tea…read more
Date/Time

Saturday

Sep 13, 2014 -

Sunday

Feb 01, 2015

All Day
Event
Hilltop Artist's 20th Anniversary Exhibition Hilltop Artist's 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2014 is a special year for Hilltop Artists It marks the 20th Anniversa…read more
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Wednesday

Oct 08, 2014

10:30am - 12:45pm
Event
Better Futures Luncheon Better Futures Luncheon
This annual signature event supports the award-winning work of Hilltop…read more
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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. NOW ENROLLING!

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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.

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