writer | speaker | flâneur | provocateur
Philippa created the Pink Line Project to inspire creative thinking in everyone, to build community and connectivity, and to open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Her vision for DC: to change the way people view DC, both residents and visitors. DC is more than just institutions and politics; it’s filled with amazing people doing amazingly creative things using art, technology, and good-old fashioned ingenuity. Philippa published a weekly subscriber-based email that highlights the best of DC’s creative scene. It’s about cool people doing cool things.
Philippa writes about arts and culture in DC and speaks about the power of art and personal choice to transform your life. She established a reputation for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways. She has been a leader in the creative and temporary use of vacant, urban space throughout the city.
To catalyze the culturally curious to participate, innovate, engage, and conspire with passion, awesomeness, inspiration, generosity, and ingenuity.
Inspiration. Surround yourself with extraordinary and creative people.
Passion. Suck the marrow out of life and wake up every morning screaming
at the top of your lungs.
Generosity. Give unconditionally and without any expectation of return.
Curiosity. Combat intellectual stagnation with curiosity about everything nd
Courage. Act according to what is true and authentic for yourself rather
than what anyone expects of you.
“Champion of under-the-radar artists.”
-Town & Country
“Lately, it seems impossible to have a conversation about the
DC’s art scene that doesn’t eventually lead to art collector and
culture promoter, Philippa Hughes, the founder of DC’s
cultural online hub, The Pink Line Project.”
“An arch-organizer of all things arty, providing an entry point for
novices eager to appreciate and collect art.
“Art guru Philippa Hughes had the chance to be an arm’s-length philanthropist,
but chose to get down and dirty with the scene instead. Now, the patron saint
of local artists is hailed as DC’s go-to gal for making things happen and pulling
off the boldest expos in the city.”
- Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar (2012)
- DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Commissioner (2008-2013)
- DC Humanities Council, Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award, Recipient (2011)
- Washington City Paper, Best of DC, Best Arts Blog (2013)
- Washington Post D.C. Tweeps contest, Winner “Favorite Local Arts & Lifestyle Insider” Tweeter (2012)
- Washington Post D.C. Tweeps contest, Winner “Favorite Arts Scenester” Tweeter (2011)
- The Awesome Foundation, Trustee
- TEDxWDC, Speaker
- Huffington Post, Contributor
- PostClassical Ensemble, Board Member (2013)
- Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground, Advisory Board Member
- Flashpoint Gallery, Advisory Panel (2008-2011)
- Cultural Development Corporation, Creative Communities Initiative Committee (2009)
- Arlington Arts Center, Board and Catalyst Committee (2008-2011)
- Taffety Punk, an alternative theater company dedicated to making theater smart and
affordable founded by DC actors, Board Member
- Barrelhouse Magazine, an alternative literary magazine of pop flotsam and cultural
jetsam founded by DC writers, Board Member
- Art Table
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Annual Circle and Contemporary Acquisition Council, National Gallery of Art, Circle Member, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cultural Tourism DC, MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Washington Film Institute, Board Member
- The Studio Visit, a web journal dedicated to contemporary visual artists and their process, Board Member