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

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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

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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20 Nov

Student Story – Asa and Ezekiel

For Tacoma's Nutter family, Hilltop Artists has been a pastime for generations. Brothers Seth and Shane Nutter were glassblowing students in the early days of Hilltop Artists. The program developed their love of art, and today Shane still blows glass at Area 253 Glassblowing, while Seth is a visual artist, sometimes using glass in his work. Seth passed his love of glass art to his sons, Asa and Ezekiel. Both of them would help out…

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What’s Happening

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We already knew we had the best superintendent, but now it’s official. Tacoma’s very own Carla Santorno won the national Woman of the Year in Education award! Today in Phoenix, AASA, the School Superintendents Association, honored Superintendent Santorno with the prestigious honor for her impressive portfolio of improvements in the district. Read more to learn about Superintendent Santorno’s many accomplishments and watch the video to hear her relentless passion for helping students. bit.ly/1mwTYpH

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A Hilltop Artists student got to accept the University of Washington Tacoma's Martin Luther King Jr Dream Award on behalf of Alchemy Skateboarding's Ben Warner! Public speaking skills, check. ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

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Thursday

Feb 18, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Donate_3_Column Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Thursday

Mar 17, 2016

5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Donate_3_Column Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Tuesday

Apr 12, 2016 -

Thursday

May 26, 2016

All Day
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Conservatory Common Threads Installation
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Saturday

May 07, 2016

10:00am - 1:00pm
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IMG_0524 Spring Glass Sale
Just in time for Mother’s Day Don’t worry about last-minut…read more
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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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Donate

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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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