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

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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

Assistant Production Instructor, Trenton, was in the glassybaby hot shop when Senator Cantwell dropped by. Too cool! ... See MoreSee Less

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20 thumbs up for our 20th Anniversary Exhibition opening at the Museum of Glass! It is absolutely stunning, and you have until February 1, 2015 to check it out. This Thursday is 3rd Thursday, which not only means free admission to MOG from 5pm til 8pm, but also Hilltop Artists students will be blowing glass on the hot shop floor, leading tours of the exhibit, AND emceeing! You won't want to miss this fun evening.

A huge thank you to everyone involved not only in the creation of the exhibition, but also involved in the past 20 years of Hilltop Artists. Here's to another 20 years and beyond!
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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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Thursday

Sep 18, 2014

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
Hilltop Artists Students at Museum of Glass Hilltop Artists Students at Museum of Glass
Hilltop Artists students are taking over Museum of Glass! Hilltop Arti…read more
Date/Time

Wednesday

Oct 08, 2014

10:30am - 12:45pm
Event
Better Futures Luncheon Better Futures Luncheon
This annual signature event supports the award-winning work of Hilltop…read more
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Saturday

Oct 11, 2014

All Day
Event
Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour
Hilltop Artists is proud to be a part of Tacoma Arts Month’s Stu…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. NOW ENROLLING!

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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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