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

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

Have you met Kathy?

Her work space might be tucked in the back of our staff office, but Kathy, the Hilltop Artists Outreach Manager, is on the front lines of connecting our students and their families with community support services. Through this important work, she becomes a trusted adult, sometimes the trusted adult, for our students to turn to when facing challenges. Many of…

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(Former) Student Story – Sam

Sam has been part of the Hilltop Artists family for 14 years -- starting out as a student in our Daytime program at Jason Lee Middle School and recently hired as our 3rd Daytime Teacher when we added a new position this year. Growing up, home life was hard for Sam, but in the midst of the chaos she found…

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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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What’s Happening

As we prepare to announce our 2018 Biot Student Ambassador, we are connecting with our inner Francophile and heading to The Grand Cinema tomorrow night for the Biot-themed entry in the Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival. Check out Mon Oncle on Thursday night at 6:30 pm. 🇫🇷️

This summer, one Hilltop Artists student will travel to Biot, France and study with master glass blower Antoine Pierini for several weeks.
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Mon Oncle - Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival

February 22, 2018, 6:30pm - February 22, 2018, 10:30pm

MON ONCLE Comedy | 1958 NR. 1hr 57min CAST: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie DIRECTOR: Jacques Tati SISTER CITIES FILM FESTIVAL | Biot, France In Jacques Tati's first color film, h...

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Upcoming Events

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Thursday

Mar 15, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Thursday

Apr 19, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Saturday

May 05, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
Event
HA-DES Spring Glass Sale 2017 _Event Image (1) 2018 Spring Glass Sale
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Celebrate spring with bright and …
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Thursday

May 17, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Event
2017 Residency 4 Third Thursday at Museum of Glass
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Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 12-20, 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.