A few things to know about Philippa


A few art projects she has imagined and produced: 

  • The Van Ness Social Club is new-fashioned town square and social gathering where neighbors young and old can get to know each other.

  • IF YOU LIVED HERE: An interactive, site-specific installation that explores the meaning of home through personal reflection and within historical and archaeological context.

  • SEE/CHANGE: A temporary creative pacemaking video art and community engagement project that put a human face on how population change and revitalization are affecting the Park View and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods of lower Georgia Avenue.

  • Supernova: International performance art festival over three days throughout the streets and underused spaces of Rosslyn, Virginia.

  • LUMEN8Anacostia: Temporary arts and culture festival in underutilized spaces.

  • Cherry Blast I, II, III, IV, and V: Annual alternative, multi-media art and music events in raw spaces throughout DC. An official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • White Party: Art, dance, games, and technology in an interactive experience at The Phillips Collection.

  • North Capitol Main Street Art Walk: Summer showcase of sculptures placed in front yards of residences along a main street in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

  • ZestFest: Pop-up performing arts sidewalk festival over 10 days.

A few talks she has given:

  • "Measuring Social Placemaking One Conversation At a Time" | Placemaking Week 2017 Amsterdam | October 12, 2017.

  • "Seeing Your Way to Civil Discourse" | TEDxAmericanUniversity | June 22, 2017.

  • "Sparks Creativity Connects Roundtable" | June 6, 2017.

  • "Creative Placemaking: SEE/CHANGE" | DC Ideas Fest | May 5, 2017.

  • "Call To Community" | VisionDC Arts and Urban Innovation Summit | April 24, 2017.

  • "Promoting Civil Discourse By Reaching Across the Political Divide" | School of International Service, American University | April 19, 2017.

  • "Creating Compassion and Empathy Through Art" | St. John's Norwood Adult Forums | February 12, 2017.

  • "SEE/CHANGE: How Portraiture Can Increase Empathy and Spark Dialogue” | National Portrait Gallery Lunchbag Seminars | February 9, 2017.

  • “Reimagining Real Estate as a Catalyst for Community Development” | City First Foundation “Commerce, Culture, and Community Investment” Conference | October 5, 2016.

  • "Everyday Entrepreneurs" | She Says: Global Creative Network for Women | September 15, 2016.

  • “Connecting in the Digital Age” | dcWebfest Summit | September 20, 2014.

  • "What could be true of the visual arts scene in the DC region in 5 years?" | Art Table DC: STATE OF ART2 | February 22, 2016.

  • “Get Curious and Get Uncomfortable: Figuring Out Your Personal Values and Living By Them” | Creative Mornings | June 27, 2014.

  • “Bridging the art-business divide: Artists and business people hold the keys to each others’ success—and survival.” | TEDxWDC | June 18, 2012.

A few articles that have been written about her:

  • CityLab, “Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye To Eye,” November 17, 2016.

  • Origin Magazine, “100 Top Creatives,” March/April 2015.

  • Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5, “Philippa Hughes: A D.C. Artist Living Like Her Hair Is On Fire,” by Rebecca Sheir (January 24, 2014.)

  • The Washington Post, “For Artists and Patron, Sharing Space Is a Piece of (Art)work,” by Kriston Capps (May 16, 2011).

  • Capitol File, “Home Story, An Art Lover’s Sanctuary,” by Jackie Kucinich (May 4, 2011).

  • Washington City Paper, “The Philippa Collection,” by Kriston Capps (October 22, 2010).

  • Southern Living, “Insider’s Guide to Buying Art for Less,” by Christie Findlay (September 2010).

  • BBC World News America, “Why art galleries are embracing the internet,” by Jane O’Brien (September 9, 2010).

  • Town & Country, “A Monumental Change,” by Annie Groer (November 2009).

  • The Washington Post, “’08 Fall Arts Preview: The Cultural Crowd’s Refreshing Faces: Remaking the Scene,” by Lavanya Ramanathan (September 14, 2008).

A few organizations she has supported:

  • Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground, Board Chair.

  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member.

  • MakeDC, Advisory Board.
  • DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Commissioner (2008-2013).

  • The Awesome Foundation, Trustee.

  • PostClassical Ensemble, Board Member (2012-2013).

  • Flashpoint Gallery, Advisory Panel (2008-2010).

  • Arlington Arts Center, Board and Catalyst Committee (2009-2011).

  • 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.

  • ArtTable.

  • Washington Film Institute, Board Member.

  • The Studio Visit, a web journal dedicated to contemporary visual artists and their process, Board Member.

A few honors that have been bestowed on her:

  • Washington City Paper Best Arts Blog.

  • Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

  • The Washington Post’s Favorite D.C. Arts Tweeter.

  • DC Humanities Council, Distinguished Service to Humanities Award.