Who Hilltop Artists are: the inaugural group of 20 youth from the neighborhood met in the former woodshop at Jason Lee Middle School. They were introduced to a range of sculptural mediums, including woodworking. Glass work involved converting Snapple and pop bottles into blown glass drinkware and vases.
In addition to the full size hot shop added to Jason Lee Middle School, Hilltop Artists has grown to include a hot shop at Silas (formerly Wilson) High School. Tacoma Public Schools continues to partner with Hilltop Artists, highlighting the organization as a positive force in increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.
Hilltop Artists serves over 650 students a year through its programming, and continues to provide tuition-free glass instruction to youth who may face significant obstacles to success. Students are never turned away based on past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent. Student graduation rates and other indicators of success reflect the impact of the community students gain through learning glass art at Hilltop Artists.
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