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Li’l Board of Directors

The Li’l Board of Directors is a group of students from Hilltop Artists’ Team Production who meet regularly. Their role is to bridge the gap between students, staff, and the Board of Directors. Hilltop Artists students involved in any of our programs are eligible to serve on the Li’l Board of Directors.

To learn more, contact James Downey,


Jason Lee Middle School

In-School Electives

Hilltop Artists offers elective classes for 7th and 8th grade students at Jason Lee throughout the school year.Daytime students rotate through three stations: glassblowing, bead making, and glass fusion/mosaics. 

If you are a Jason Lee Student and are at least 12 years old, speak with your advisor to sign up. 

Wilson High School

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE elective courses in glassblowing are available to juniors and seniors at Wilson High School. These elective courses run throughout the school year and focus on the artistic and vocational aspects of glassblowing. Students gain essential post-secondary education and job-readiness knowledge. 


Note: High school students from any school are eligible for After-School and Summer Glass Arts at Wilson. 


Jason Lee Middle School

Monday – Thursday, 3 – 4:30 PM during the school year 

The After-School program offers students a safe and positive place to be for out-of-school hours, as well as a place to further develop their skills in glass arts while connecting with trusted adults and working with advanced glass art students as their mentors.

Wilson High School

Monday through Thursday,  2:30 – 4 PM during the school year

The After-School program at Wilson provides an opportunity for high school students to continue – or begin – their exploration of glass arts, much like After-School at Jason Lee. 

For more information on the After-School Program please follow this link. 

Application Information for After-School

After-School programs at both Jason Lee M.S. and Wilson H.S. are full.

We are not accepting applications at this time.



Team Production

Team Production students, aged between 14 and 20 have been identified in our other programs as advanced students.  Team Production goes year-round and these students create glass art for commissions, such as the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards and Tacoma City of Destiny Awards, and for sale in our gallery and at Hilltop Artists events.  Team Production students also participate in an annual week-long Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass each summer.

All Team Production students are required to create a high school or post education plan for which our Outreach Manager provides resources and support.

To learn more, contact Jessica Hogan,

Click here to view the Team Production Calendar 

Opportunities for Team Production Students

Our Biot Student Ambassador Program connects Hilltop Artists students to a different culture while allowing them to work with Master Glass Artist Antoine Pierini. Through an application process, students are selected to visit Tacoma’s Sister City Biot, France.

Learn more about the 2019 Student Ambassadors here. 

In September 2017, Pilchuck Glass School and Hilltop Artists launched a collaboration to offer an immersive retreat and professional training in glassmaking for Team Production students at Pilchuck’s remarkable campus.

Thank you to the Washington State Arts Commission, The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, and The Craft School Experience, for generously underwriting this unique collaboration.

Student Artists Leading in Entrepreneurship (S.A.L.E.) focuses on teaching our students transferable skills, such as retail sales, marketing, customer service, financial literacy, merchandising, and more.  

To learn more, contact James Downey,

Hilltop Artists Team Production students blow glass on the Museum of Glass hot shop floor every third Thursday, September through June.

Visit the Museum of Glass website for museum hours, parking, and more information about other activities happening each Third Thursday.

Team Production and After School students create hundreds of Monkeyshines, glass medallions and floats, to contribute to this annual treasure hunt held during the Lunar New Year. Monkeyshines received the AMOCAT Community Outreach by an Organization Award from the City of Tacoma in 2017. In 2018 Hilltop Artists was awarded grant funding from the Washington State Arts Commission to support our Monkeyshines participation in 2019. Thank you to ARTS WA for helping to underwrite our role in this fun and iconic arts event in the City of Tacoma.

Summer Glass Arts

Hilltop Artists offers three 2-week sessions of Summer Glass Arts classes. They provide a great opportunity for students who are unable to participate in our Daytime or After-School programs. 


Arts Connect

Arts Connect is Hilltop Artists’ community-based program for girls who are involved with the Pierce County Juvenile Court or foster care through the Pierce County Dependency Program. Serving girls ages 11 to 19, Arts Connect consists of two concurrent 10-week sessions that take place quarterly.  Each quarter, the students explore a new medium, such as glass fusion, printmaking, glassblowing, and photography. A team of adults, including professional artists, leads these weekly, three-hour classes at community sites, with support from probation officers, CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and volunteers.

Click here to learn more about Arts Connect.


The Outreach Program at Hilltop Artists is a critical component of our mission to connect youth to better futures, and is available to all students in every Hilltop Artists program. Outreach provides in-depth, individualized services, referrals, support and advocacy for students and their families. We do this with respect for the diversity of our students and their families, a lens of equity, and an understanding of trauma-informed care. The Outreach Program partners with community organizations for referrals to their services as well as recruiting their clients who could benefit from Hilltop Artists programs. 

Outreach focuses on:
• BASIC NEEDS: housing / food / clothing /hygiene
• HEALTH: medical, dental, mental health, drug counseling, vision
• EDUCATION: attendance, graduation, post-secondary education, financial literacy
For more information about Hilltop Artists’ Outreach Program, please contact Kathy Anderson, Outreach Manager, at (253) 571-7739 or






Thank you to the ArtsFund Youth Access and Opportunity Fund for helping to underwrite the expenses associated with Hilltop Artists’ youth glass art programs.