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

We’re hiring!

Hilltop Artists seeks a Part-Time Grant Writer and Part-Time Glassblowing Instructor. A relentless enthusiasm, passion for youth development and glass arts, as well as positive attitude are essential to both positions.

Find out more information about the PT Grant Writer position here and the PT Glassblowing Instructor position here.

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 2014, 96% of all eligible Hilltop Artists students graduated from High School. 58% have gone on to Postsecondary education, 50% are employed, and 25% 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

01 Jul

Student Story – Luis

Hilltop Artists beadmakers are all very talented artists. Luis, the May Student of the Month, is no exception. He began beadmaking as a Daytime student four years ago, and joined Team Production soon after. Luis says he loved beads from the start because he can add more detail to his work than in glassblowing. He especially enjoys participating in Faces of Courage, a partnership between Hilltop Artists and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Luis loves the…

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20 Feb

Student Story – Layla

A Hilltop Artists student, Layla, was reflecting upon her own history when she told our Beadmaking Instructor, Carla, “Maybe if I had had women like you, Kathy, Lauren, and Jessica (Hilltop Artists staff members) in my life earlier, I might not have gotten into trouble like I did.” Layla first came to Hilltop Artists through Arts Connect, our program for girls referred to us by the court. After she completed Arts Connect, she wanted to stay…

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17 Feb

Student Story – Kenny

Kenny has shown strong dedication to glassblowing over the multiple years he has been a Hilltop Artists student. He began blowing glass as a Daytime student in 7th grade, and joined Team Production in 9th grade. After that year, Kenny faced some difficulties in his personal life that forced him to leave school and glassblowing. One year later, he returned to the hot shop and Hilltop Artists staff told him that he could rejoin Team…

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What’s Happening

Upcoming Events



Jul 11, 2015

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Join us for the Garden Gather Join us in a beautiful lakeside garden f…read more


Jul 12, 2015

11:00am - 6:00pm
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 Find us at Art on the Ave! Hilltop Artists will have a booth at this…read more


Aug 04, 2015

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Arts Night Out
Join us for National Night out! FREE and fun for all ages! Let’…read more


Aug 19, 2015

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Bead_2 Arts Connect Summer Showcase
Celebrate Arts Connect Participants Please join us for the Arts Connec…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.

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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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