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. Learn more about our programs

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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. See our impact

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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. Take a look at students’ artwork

Featured Stories

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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01 Jul

Student Story – Luis

Hilltop Artists beadmakers are all very talented artists. Luis, the May Student of the Month, is no exception. He began beadmaking as a Daytime student four years ago, and joined Team Production soon after. Luis says he loved beads from the start because he can add more detail to his work than in glassblowing. He especially enjoys participating in Faces of Courage, a partnership between Hilltop Artists and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Luis loves the…

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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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What’s Happening

Happy Friday! Check out this awesome 3-D glass printer created by MIT Engineers! ... See MoreSee Less

Scientists created a 3D printer that uses glass and the results are awesome. voc.tv/1cRrjAQ

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The J-Fab award party was a blast! Hilltop Artists' very own Jessica Hogan was presented the award by the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers group. The event honors women in the community who are just fabulous, or j-fab for short. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers are honoring Hilltop Artists' very own Jessica Hogan at tonight's J-Fab event! The event honors women in the community who are just fabulous, or j-fab for short. Congrats, Jessica!

Here's Jessica in action assisting a Hilltop Artists student.
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Upcoming Events

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Thursday

Sep 17, 2015

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
Donate_3_Column Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …read more
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Wednesday

Oct 07, 2015

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

Oct 15, 2015

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
Donate_3_Column Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
See Hilltop Artists Students In Action Watch Hilltop Artists students …read more
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Saturday

Oct 17, 2015

11:00am - 5:00pm
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IMG_7570 Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour
Tour the Hot Shop Hilltop Artists is proud to be a part of Tacoma Arts…read more
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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. Sign up for our programs

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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. Donate to Hilltop Artists

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. Become a volunteer