Hilltop Artists’ Arts Connect program is a community-based detention alternative created specifically to support girls, ages 11 – 19, who are in detention and on court-ordered probation and diversion. The program uses hands-on arts projects, service learning, public presentations and a team of adult mentors to reduce girls’ risk behaviors and develop their protective factors including self-esteem, personal accountability and positive connection to community. Arts Connect serves nearly 200 girls annually through weekly classes in detention and intensive community sessions for girls on probation and diversion.
Since 1994, Hilltop Artists has been dedicated to the mission, “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.” Through a total of nine, tuition-free arts-based programs, Hilltop Artists annually serves over 550 at-risk youth in Pierce County during and after the school day, and in the summer. www.hilltopartists.org/Programs/ArtsConnect
We are excited to honor Arts Connect with an art show for their benefit. We will be featuring an expansive inventory of prints and original artwork from Seattle publisher, Grand Image. We will be giving away a framed art piece. Also we will feature student-produced blown glass from Hilltop Artists, and of course, food and drink. All of this is free to the public and will be on May 21st from 12pm – 8pm at Lakewood Gallery and Framing – 9514D Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood. The artwork featured is a very large selection of style, media and price, and a portion of all proceeds will go to benefit Arts Connect.
Arts Connect and Diana Falchuk are doing amazing work with the young people of our community.