It’s not about the glass, it’s about the kids. (But the glass is stunning.)
Students may come to Hilltop Artists because they are attracted to the danger and “hip factor” of working with hot glass and learning how to create art. In turn, Hilltop Artists asks, How do we focus on what will really benefit students and their futures?
Youth ages 12–20 in the Tacoma and Franklin Pierce school districts have the opportunity to explore glass art through glassblowing, flameworking, mosaics and fusion. Instructors use glass as a tool to teach life skills like patience, goal setting, resilience, collaboration. Students are encouraged to overcome barriers—academic, social and personal—and become engaged in the community. An outreach manager works one-on-one with kids when they face special challenges and connects them and their families to community resources.
Executive Director Kit Evans passionately believes that art is central to the well-being of the community and a core element of learning for youth. Her goal? Focus on closing the achievement gap in public schools. The results? For the last seven years, 96 percent of eligible Hilltop Artists students have graduated from high school.
The perfect occasion to support the talented youth of Hilltop Artists comes on Dec 12. The Winter Glass Sale features glass snowmen, penguins, ornaments and seasonal pieces, as well as vases, vessels and jewelry ideal for holiday gifting.
Looking for a special way to celebrate an event or milestone? Commission your own piece of custom artwork and have students turn your vision into reality. All proceeds benefit Hilltop Artists’ tuition-free programs. No child is turned away for the family’s inability to pay. Give a beautiful gift that gives back!