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.
Many community business and organizations supported this event:
Masa of Tacoma
D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
Dean Allen Catering
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.