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

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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

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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10 Sep

Student Story – David

David, our September Student of the Month, has had quite the year in Hilltop Artists. David became a Hilltop Artist when he joined the Jason Lee In-School Electives program over five years ago. After also attending our Summer School Program, he applied for Team Production, where he has flourished as a dedicated member and emerging artist. This past summer, David was the second student to represent Hilltop Artists in Tacoma's Sister City, Biot, France. For…

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20 Jul

Student Story – Dani

Hilltop Artists’ Team Production program has been a gateway to many glass experiences for Dani, our July Student of the Month. Dani joined Team Production 3 years ago after taking a pumpkin workshop at the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. She was a stand-out glassblower right away. Dani landed an internship at Museum of Glass in December 2013 where she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned glass artist, Lino Tagliapietra. She still blows glass with the…

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What’s Happening

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for everyone who makes Hilltop Artists what it is: students, volunteers, Board of Directors members, staff, sponsors, donors, community partners, alumni, and supporters of all kinds. You are all awesome!

We hope you enjoy the day with friends, family, and good food. Too bad this glass turkey leg won't be on anyone's plate...
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Congratulations to former Hilltop Artists student, John Wright! He is featured artist in the REACH Center's Young Artist Showcase Series. Congrats, John! ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events



Dec 01, 2015

All Day
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Be the Key As part of Giving Tuesday on December 1st, you can be the…read more


Dec 09, 2015

5:30pm - 6:00pm
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Please join us for the Arts Connect Fall Showcase! Watch a short pres…read more


Dec 12, 2015

10:00am - 1:00pm
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Find the perfect gift! The Winter Glass Sale promises a flurry of oppo…read more


Dec 17, 2015

5:00pm - 8:00pm
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See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …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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