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

17 Mar

Student Story – Julian

It all started with a wavy bowl. Julian, a student at Jason Lee Middle School, didn't have much interest in glass art, but needed some kind of elective so he signed up for our Daytime classes. When Summer School rolled around, he thought, "why not" - and that's when things changed. Later talking about an experience with his friend Tanner, he said "it was really special to make a wavy bowl together" - and he…

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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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What’s Happening

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As the school year ends, many parents often wonder where their child’s crucial midday meal will come from. Working together, Tacoma Center YMCA and University Y Student Center will be serving meals provided by YMCA CAMP SEYMOUR at the University Y Student Center for local youth. June 27-September 2, 2016 Lunch: 12-1pm Snack: 4-7pm 1710 Market Street Tacoma, WA 98402 Summer meals are free for youth under 18 years, and $4 for those over 18 years (or free if you opt to volunteer). To volunteer or learn more about the Y's Summer Meal Program, contact Danny Minniti at dminniti@ymcapkc.org or call 253-534-4728. #YouthDevelopment University of Washington Tacoma Tacoma Public Schools Communities In Schools of Tacoma Peace Community Center City of Tacoma Government YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties Children's Museum of Tacoma

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Upcoming Events

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Sunday

Jul 24, 2016

2:00pm - 5:00pm
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GGSmall 2016 Arts Connect Garden Gather
Join us at Edgewood Garden, a grand private estate featuring many vibr…read more
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Tuesday

Aug 02, 2016

4:00pm - 7:00pm
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IMG_1429 2016 Arts Night Out
Join Us for National Night Out Free and fun for all ages! Let’s…read more
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Wednesday

Aug 10, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
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MoG Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass
 Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass Photo courtesy of M Agency Hillto…read more
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Thursday

Aug 11, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
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MoG Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass
 Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass Photo courtesy of M Agency Hillto…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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