Monthly Archives: August 2011

I can be your hero, baby.

Somebody's hero awaits alongside 21st Street near piles of trash and a broken toilet.

Lost Ferret: Reward.

Look out below! If you see a funny little guy around 12th & M, he may be lost.

Just Chillin’

EDot is a seventh-grader at Meeker Middle School. He lives on Hilltop and likes to longboard. This is his first rap video. Tacoma emcee/producer Todd Sykes made the beat.

Tape Networks

This week we shot footage of the tape network creation process here in Tacoma. Tape networks are a movement that started in the Tacoma area–check out Street Sign Project on Facebook to learn more about them.

Sponsoring the Frost Park Chalk-Off

Yesterday we had the opportunity to sponsor the Frost Park Chalk-Off. We had a blast meeting chalk-off creator, Kevin Freitas, and all the contestants.

As a prize we offered a 2003 hand-blown glass bowl by Hilltop Artists and a gift certificate to one of Hilltop’s favorite restaurants, Fish House. The Hilltop-themed artwork was amazing.

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We look forward to sponsoring another Frost Park Chalk-Off next year. We feel very fortunate to have been involved in such a well-known community event.

The End: Black Hole Sun

Arts Night Out on Hilltop

Last night we got to meet many of our neighbors when we attended Hilltop Arts Night Out at Jason Lee Middle School. The event was part of the larger National Night Out event that took place countrywide.

Hilltop Arts Night Out included a disc jockey, an urban art stencil station where participants could make their own prints or tee-shirts, and a chalk contest area outside. Tacoma supporter and digital billboard opponent Britton Sukys worked on a chalk piece much of the time alongside C.L.A.W. (Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians) illustrator James Stowe. Inside, Hilltop Artists demonstrated their glass blowing craft and shared their work with a gallery of student pieces for sale. There was also food–lots of it.

Dancers, singers, and spoken-word artists from Hilltop’s D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts performed. Two candidates for the Tacoma School Board, Karen Vialle and Dexter Gordon, mingled with the crowd and spoke to the audience. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist attended to talk with King 5 News about the positive changes the Hilltop neighborhood has made over the years.

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Many community business and organizations supported this event:

Masa of Tacoma
D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
Hilltop Safeway
Dean Allen Catering
Stadium Thriftway
Gray Lumber
Hilltop Garden Project

Make sure to check out the Hilltop Artists website, as they have more events planned this year. Don’t miss the Hip Hop Urban Music Festival and parade here at People’s Park on August 13. The parade is from 10 am – noon and the festivities will take place from noon – 7 pm.