Hilltop Artists

Arts
9:01 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists

Greg Pierce, Operations Manager at Hilltop Artists, with a student working on an African water jug.
Ambar Espinoza

In the mid-1990's, gang activity in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood was at an all time high. The area had become notorious for drug deals, assaults, and drive-by shootings. Gangs often recruited from schools - all the way down through the elementary grades.

It took a lot of effort by the police and community groups to turn the neighborhood around. One of the organizations that's made a difference is Hilltop Artists. It started out in those high-crime days by convincing kids who were attracted to "danger" to swap gang banging for another dangerous activity: glassblowing.

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