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

Celebrating 20 Years

2014 is a special year 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.

Follow this link to learn more about Hilltop Artists’ history and how you can join the celebration - from Collaborazione 2014 to Hilltop Artists 20th Anniversary exhibition at Museum of Glass.

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 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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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

09 Sep

Student Story- Paris

One of the inaugural students in the first Hilltop Artists classes, Paris has gone on to pursue a career as a glass artist. After graduating high school, she studied glass in college and under the tutelage of other glass artists. Paris even has glass color named after her, Paris Green. Hilltop Artists staff recently caught up with Paris while she was taking a class with Martin Janecky at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.…

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09 Sep

Student Story – Carolina

In the summer of 1994, Carolina participated in two of the first Hilltop Artists classes. She had been recommended to the Hilltop Artists program by her art teacher, who knew that Carolina was having a rough time at home and would benefit from the opportunity. Carolina’s parents were going through a divorce, which was turning her home life upside down. At Hilltop Artists, Carolina could just focus on the work before her and disconnect from the…

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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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What’s Happening

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Tomorrow is Empty Bowls at Charles Wright Academy! From 1pm til 3:30pm, you'll have the chance to purchase beautiful bowls with proceeds going to the Emergency Food Network. Then local restaurants will give you a free cup of soup.

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Empty Bowls! A Community Fundrasing Event for Emergency Food Network

November 22, 2014, 1:00pm

Charles Wright Academy

Admission is FREE! Bowl prices start at $10. 100% of bowls sales support feeding hungry Pierce County residents. Empty Bowls attendees can choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts. After your purchase, enjoy a free bowl of soup donated by local chefs from: The Swiss - Tacoma, WA Chambers Bay Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar Pacific Grill Engine House No. 9 Alina's Soups Infinite Soups Viva Tacoma - Vegan Cuisine The Heritage We hope to see you at Charles Wright Academy! Special thanks to our sponsors: Tucci&Sons Inc The INN at Gig Harbor Panattoni Investments LLC Print NW Forza Coffee Company Apple Physical Therapy Kidder Matthews Korsmo Construction Puget Sound Family Health Roman Meal

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Upcoming Events



Sep 13, 2014 -


Feb 01, 2015

10:00am - 5:00pm
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


Nov 24, 2014 -


Dec 02, 2014

#Unselfie for Giving Tuesday #Unselfie for Giving Tuesday
Let’s see what you’ve got! Take a picture of yourself to l…read more


Dec 10, 2014

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Arts Connect Winter Showcase Arts Connect Winter Showcase
Please join us for the Arts Connect Winter Showcase! Watch a short p…read more


Dec 13, 2014

10:00am - 1:00pm
Winter Glass Sale Winter Glass Sale
Each Hilltop Artists student is as unique as a snowflake! The Winter G…read more
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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. NOW ENROLLING!

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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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