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

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

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

Forget Black Friday: look at the beautiful glass art prizes you could win by participating in our #unselfie campaign! Find out how to participate here: hilltopartists.org/events/unselfie/ ... See MoreSee Less

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It's #unselfie day 2! Overnight, our friends in Germany, Berlin Glas, e.V., posted their awesome #unselfie! Thank you, Berlin Glas!

You have until 5pm on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd, to post your #unselfie. At that time, Hilltop Artists students will pick their favorite(s) and award beautiful glass art prizes.

Find out how to participate and download your blank #unselfie sign here: hilltopartists.org/events/unselfie/
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Upcoming Events

Date/Time

Saturday

Sep 13, 2014 -

Sunday

Feb 01, 2015

10:00am - 5:00pm
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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Tuesday

Nov 25, 2014 -

Tuesday

Dec 02, 2014

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

Wednesday

Dec 10, 2014

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Event
Arts Connect Winter Showcase Arts Connect Winter Showcase
  Please join us for the Arts Connect Winter Showcase! Watch a …read more
Date/Time

Saturday

Dec 13, 2014

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