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

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You can be a part of our mission! We invite you to join us at the Better Futures Luncheon, our annual signature fundraiser on September 27th. Follow this link to learn more and purchase tickets.

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.

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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

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Upcoming Events

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Thursday

Sep 15, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Tuesday

Sep 27, 2016

10:30am - 12:45pm
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Saturday

Oct 15, 2016

11:00am - 5:00pm
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Thursday

Oct 20, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm
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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.

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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.

>>Become a volunteer