USING GLASS ARTS TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM
DIVERSE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS TO BETTER FUTURES

Welcome Dr. Kimberly Keith!

Her first official day as the Hilltop Artists Executive Director was May 1st and we are so excited to have her on our team!

After School Programs at Jason Lee Middle School
and Wilson High School.

Applications will be available on September 6th.

What we Do

Programs

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

For the past four years, our Team Production students have had a 100% graduation rate. 58% have gone on to Post-secondary 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.

Featured Stories

Student Story – Ari

As a student in our Daytime program, Ari worked closely with Instructor Greg to create blown glass birds.  “We worked the whole year and he got pretty good!” Greg reported. After noticing Ari’s enthusiasm for glass blowing and his potential, Greg recommended Ari for our Summer Team Production. He hasn’t had a chance to make any more birds yet because…

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Student Story – Tanner

When you think of working with glass, most people think - hot!  Tanner, a Team Production student, has shifted his attention to the opposite end of the spectrum and has been focusing on his cold working skills.  ‘Cold working’ is a term used to refer to the many techniques used to decorate or alter glass after it has cooled, such…

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Student Story – Nanita

  Nanita has only been a Hilltop Artists since the summer, but she is already hooked. “I’m not really sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I sure hope it can be something with glass.” After hearing about our Summer School from a friend, Nanita had her mom sign her up for glassblowing this past summer.…

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What’s Happening

Hilltop Artists student, Ellye (second from the left), went to Europe this summer with the Tacoma Youth Chorus. At the end of her tour, she and her family spent a day in Biot, France. Maxime, the French student who studied at Hilltop Artists this summer, showed them around and she had a chance to work with Antoine Pierini in his hot shop! ... See MoreSee Less

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Daria heating up cane during our Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Residency last week. Image courtesy of Lisa Blackmore ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time

Tuesday

Aug 22, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event
AC2 Summer 5 Arts Connect 2 Summer Showcase
Please join us in celebrating the young women of Arts Connect 2 at the…
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Wednesday

Aug 23, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event
AC Summer 5 Arts Connect Summer Showcase
Please join us in celebrating the young women of Arts Connect at the …
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Date/Time

Tuesday

Oct 03, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm
Event
HA_2017-BFL_website-event-page Better Futures Luncheon 2017
Our annual Better Futures Luncheon is an opportunity for you to be a f…
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Get Involved

Volunteer

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.

Participate

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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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.