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 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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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

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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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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What’s Happening

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Coming Friday, our story on glassblowing and Tacoma youth.

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Matt from BBC Pop Up gave Team Production students a videography lesson last night. Thank you, Matt and BBC Pop Up - what a treat! ... See MoreSee Less

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#TBT It's always fun to look back in the video archive. Here's the award-winning 2012 mini-documentary that PCTV created about Arts Connect, which is our program, in partnership with Pierce County Juvenile Court, for girls on probation and diversion.

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Upcoming Events

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Wednesday

Mar 25, 2015

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Event
Arts Connect Winter Showcase Arts Connect Winter Showcase
Support Arts Connect Please join us for the Arts Connect Winter Show…read more
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Saturday

May 09, 2015

10:00am - 1:00pm
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Spring Glass Sale Spring Glass Sale
Just in time for Mother’s Day The Spring Glass Sale promise…read more
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Tuesday

Aug 04, 2015

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

Oct 07, 2015

10:30am - 12:45pm
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Better Futures Luncheon Better Futures Luncheon
Come be a part of something BIG! Our annual Better Futures Luncheon i…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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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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