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Glassblowing meets hip-hop at Hilltop Arts Night Out

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 28, 2009 at 10:29 am with No Comments »
July 28, 2009 10:29 am

What happens when you mix a furnace with an aerosol spray can at a party?

You have a blast. (Heh, heh.) And that’s what will happen at the first ever Hilltop Arts Night Out next week. The Hilltop Artists in Residence (student glassblowers at Jason Lee Middle School) are collaborating with the Fab Five hip-hop organization to hold a kind of open house, only much more fun. Glassblowing demos (that’s the furnace bit), graffiti demos (that’s the spray cans), live MCs, breakdancing battles, tagging tutorials (we hope they’ll teach NOT to tag illegally) and good food will turn this arts night into the kind of party that usually doesn’t happen at school.

Hilltop Artists in Residence Tacoma (HART) has been providing tuition-free glassblowing, bead making and glass fusing to local teenagers for nearly 16 years, keeping kids in school and giving them career skills. Fab Five is an initiative of the Northwest Leadership Foundation, and creates safe, drug- and alcohol-free hip-hop events to mentor youth and foster talent.

The event, running 4-8 p.m. August 4 at the Jason Lee Hot Shop, is in conjunction with Safe Streets National Night Out (the police are invited, too), and is completely free. It’s a great way to show off local youth talent, celebrate the HART program and introduce a kid you know to a community they might shine in. And hopefully, nothing will ignite unintentionally.

The Jason Lee Middle School hot shop is located at 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma, near the back of the parking lot. Information: 253-571-7690, www.hilltopartists.org, www.fab-5.org

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