USING GLASS ART TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS TO BETTER FUTURES
Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 650 students each year.
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. Supported by a growing body of research on the correlation between involvement in the arts and the development of critical protective factors - self-esteem, civic involvement, academic success - Hilltop Artists offers a unique model for using art as a means for violence prevention and intervention with youth that has outstanding results. No students are refused services based on their past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent. All of our programs are tuition-free.