Pink Line Projects

“A symbolic new Metro line that would connect diverse social groups with D.C.’s art scene.”

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Our mission:

To catalyze the culturally curious to participate, innovate, engage, and conspire with passion, awesomeness, inspiration, generosity, and ingenuity.

Our values:

Inspiration. Surround yourself with extraordinary and creative people.

Generosity. Give unconditionally and without any expectation of return.

Courage. Act according to what is true and authentic for you rather
than what anyone expects of you.

Curiosity. Combat intellectual stagnation with curiosity about everything and by exploring everywhere.

Passion. Suck the marrow out of life and wake up every morning screaming
at the top of your lungs.


Project Highlights

SUPERNOVA | Streets of Rosslyn, VA | June 7-9, 2013
SUPERNOVATM Performance Art Festival showcased a powerful and lively line-up of public performance art in Rosslyn, VA. SUPERNOVA brought together more than 75 emerging and established local, national and international artists who took to the streets and parks to energize public spaces and engage audiences in unexpected ways. Presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and produced by The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes, SUPERNOVA activated Rosslyn’s raw spaces, office lobbies, rooftops, the Metro station, parks and public spaces. Artists took inspiration from the proximity to D.C., as well as the dynamic corporate environment of Rosslyn.



GlowSeshGraphic529Glow Sessions with Misun | Heurich House, DuPont Circle | May 29, 2013
Pink Line Project produced a series of intimate concerts in living rooms and terraces throughout the city to highlight the best of DC’s rising music scene.




Cherry Blast IV | 2235 Shannon Place, SE, Anacostia | April 21, 2012
An official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Cherry Blast became a signature production of Pink Line Project. Past Cherry Blasts took place in different raw spaces in every quadrant in DC and featured the best and newest talent that DC offers. In 2012, Cherry Blast took place in 15,000 square feet in an amazing warehouse with beautiful views of the Anacostia River and the monuments and it showcased extreme activation of space with light, visual art, dancers, music, and art performances!





LUMEN8Anacostia Kickoff Party | 2235 Shannon Place, SE, Anacostia | April 14, 2012
“The Lightbox — powered by Pink Line Project — will shine a celebratory spotlight on DC’s emerging creative community by hosting the launch party of the inaugural LUMEN8Anacostia festival, activating the former Metropolitan Police Department evidence warehouse in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, illuminating the arts, culture, and entertainment emanating from Our Nation’s Capital.”




Pink Panel at The Fridge | The Fridge, Capitol Hill | February 16, 2011
One of numerous panels discussions organized by The Pink Line Project, the Pink Panel at the Fridge was held in conjunction with the First Annual Festival of Live Art. The Panelists included: Melissa Fisher, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University, B Stanley, Director of DC Arts Center and performer, David London, Performance Magician and Gallery Manager of The Fridge, and moderated by Philippa Hughes.



Burst! | Artisphere, Rosslyn | October 9, 2010
In a collaboration with Brightest Young Things, Pink Line Project celebrated the launch of the newest, the most spherical, most culturally centered of cultural centers around: THE ARTISPHERE. The line up included: Baltimore’s Deep Sugar DJs (with Ultra Nate!); DJ Chris Burns; A Very Special “Best of” Edition of “Family Hemerlein” feat. some of our favorite music and comedy; performances from the last year, Mamoru Iriguchi – a performance and video artist from London; A Balloon Artist explosion lead by Katie Balloons and Addi. Performances curated by I.V. (Kelly Bond and Melissa Krodman): Moving Parts/megfoley; Vijai Nathan; Kelly Bond; Sabrina Mandell; Christylez Bacon; OuiOuiNonNon. Plus! Pop-Up Performances; Interactive Photo Wall; Opening of the “Skateboarding Side-Effects” art show; Makeout Theatre.


White Party at the Phillips | The Phillips Collection, DuPont Circle | August 26, 2010
The Pink Line Project has collaborated with numerous museums and arts institutions throughout DC to create events that attract new and young audiences such as the End of Summer White Party at the Phillips Collections, which featured interactive art by Kenny George and Alberto Gaitan, as well as music by BLUEBRAIN and dancing by Glade Dance Collective.



Introducing you to cool people in a small and fun setting.

  • Where the culturally curious join a community of like-minded individuals who seek inspiration and creativity in their daily life.
  • Meet smart, interesting people and inspiring artists and creatives in a social, friendly, informative, and intimate setting.
  • Learn how anyone can revive, sustain, and advance the arts and creativity in DC.



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At Cuisine Contra guests enjoy an evening of delicious food, thought-provoking and dynamic art, and fun conversations with delightful people. Each Cuisine Contra takes place in a different location. While most details of the evening are kept under wraps until the day of the event, such as the actual location of the event, guests can expect a delicious meal and a large dose of creativity and the arts.



Performers at the Valentine’s Day Cuisine Contra (photo by Ben Droz)

Our first pop-up dinner party was hosted on Valentine’s Day 2011 at the Mexican Cultural Institute and featured “Top Chef” and D.C. celebri-chef Mike Isabella. Guests enjoyed performances by Miloz, “therapy” by “Dr.” Danny Harris (People’s District founder and author of “D.C. Double Lives), live banjo music, and dance from a Parisian burlesque performer.






In August 2011, The Pink Line Project hosted the second Cuisine Contra of the year with a special “green” themed summer garden dinner party at The Textile Museum. The event featured Chef Barton Seaver and a deliciously sustainable menu from the chef’s new book, For Cod and Country: Simple, Delicious and Sustainable Cooking.





Throughout dinner, guests experienced performances by Glade Dance Collective, Danny Harris, Kevin Boggs, and BanjerDan’s DangerBand. Between courses, Chef Seaver spoke about his experience as a National Geographic Explorer and fielded questions that audience members “tweeted” from their dinner tables.






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What people are saying about Pink Line Project

The Pink Line is “a symbolic new Metro line that would connect diverse social groups with D.C.’s art scene, and a contrarian color emblematic of D.C.’s storied punk music history and its unexpectedness.” —Citystream

“The Pink Line Project is the wholesale revitalization of the DC art scene, …. the effort is now the trend-setting source of information and events for emerging art collectors, art enthusiasts and artists.” —Loudoun Times

“Washington is a city of hidden treasures, and Philippa Hughes is trying make sure everyone has a chance to see the city’s full artistic potential…” –City’s Best

“Hughes’ latest launch, Pink Line Project, with its timely compendium of regional art events, has become the go-to for what’s happening art-wise, like, now.” —Washington Spaces

“The site is fun and refreshing and speaks to Hughes’ thoughts on how to bring art to the wider world.”–Roll Call

“It’s a one-stop shop for all things art in the city.” –Allison Marvin, Sightline, in the Washington Post

“The Pink Line’s website redesign is one of the best examples of an interactive calendar I’ve seen for art-related events, from a design and technology standpoint. Philippa’s web team definitely took time to think about what we may want from an arts calendar.” —Design Notes + Photos

“No more excuses about where to find arty events in the Washington, DC area! DC’s resident creative and art maven, Philippa P.B. Hughes has expanded her website to become a portal of sorts for all things artsy and creative!  A single portal can get you up to speed about weekly events in no time! Please visit the new Pink Line Project website to get the lowdown on what’s going on in the arts world in the Metro DC area.”  —

“Ride the Pink Line and find out what’s happening in D.C. art often.” —Hatchets and Skewers

“If you haven’t seen the new Pink Line Project website, then you’re missing one of the best resources for the visual arts in the nation’s capital region. And if you’re a gallery or art PR person and you’re not sending Philippa P.B. Hughes all your art press releases for the site’s most excellent calendar, then you’re missing out on a great venue to spread the art word.” —Daily Campello Art News

“While we’re sure you love the weekly Arts Agenda here at DCist, we’re compelled to note the launch of (and urge you to bookmark) Pink Line Project’s brand new web site this week. An easy-to-navigate calendar at the top lists the metro area’s art events detailed info and images pop up for each event below. Pink Line features a scrolling list of their own picks, or go down to the bottom of the page for “Today Only” events.” —DCist

“Keep up-to-date on DC’s ever-evolving creative scene with art collector and fashionable flâneur Philippa P.B. Hughes, who posts everything from gallery openings to news bites on her savvy blog.”  –DC Modern Luxury

“The other notable website is that of local collector and blogger, Phillipa [sic] Hughes (, who seeks to address three important shortcomings of the D.C. art scene. First, Washington’s educated young professionals remain generally undeveloped as a resource for the local art market. Second, the city’s older, more established artists are often hard to find on gallery walls. And finally, much of D.C.’s recent art history exists only orally or on the pages of older, often defunct art magazines. What offers is Hughes’s own, accurately sourced events calendar of Washington’s contemporary art life, including projects she sponsors herself–a night of graffiti art at the AAC, for example, or her occasional “salons” at a local bar.”  –Art In America