Hilltop Artists http://www.kplu.org en Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists http://www.kplu.org/post/hot-exciting-and-dangerous-glassblowing-hilltop-artists <p>In the mid-1990&#39;s, gang activity in Tacoma&#39;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.</p><p>It took a lot of effort by the police and community groups to turn the neighborhood around. One of the organizations that&#39;s made a difference is <a href="http://hilltopartists.org/">Hilltop Artists</a>. It started out in those high-crime days by convincing kids who were attracted to &quot;danger&quot; to swap gang banging for another dangerous activity: glassblowing.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:01:49 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 4205 at http://www.kplu.org Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists