About the Initiative


Stemming directly from the museum’s mission and strategic goals, the Phillips@THEARC initiative connects individual and community well-being to the visual arts for Washington, DC, residents living East of the River. The Phillips is committed to bringing value to the community by addressing unmet needs as well as establishing authentic partnerships and programs for mutual learning, exchange, and growth in the community and at the museum.

In 2015, the Phillips joined the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) as a resident partner, fulfilling the strategic decision to deepen the museum’s commitment to the community in Southeast DC. With a national reputation and awards for arts-integrated education and community programming, The Phillips Collection is excited to expand upon its long track record of community engagement with DC Public Schools in Wards 7 and 8 (Art Links to Learning) and community collaborations East of the River.  



  • Conversations begin with THEARC leadership about a possible Phillips residency



  • Phillips ad hoc committee discusses feasibility of Phillips@THEARC and $242K needed for Phillips construction costs


  • Horning challenge raises $266K for Phillips@THEARC, $242K in construction costs in new building

  • Phillips board officially approves  Phillips@THEARC

  • THEARC Phase III building breaks ground. Phillips@THEARC will be in the Phase III building

  • Education staff begins field work, observing and participating in THEARC community, as well as identifying and building relationship with key stakeholders

  • Phillips begins collaboration with THEARC architects to develop and execute the Phillips@THEARC space in new building

  • Education staff begins testing preliminary Phillips@THEARC programs



  • Phillips begins 8-month Community Advisory Committee (CAC) process to determine community needs as well as goals and programs for Phillilps@THEARC



  • Museum launches Friends of Phillips@THEARC affinity group.

  • Phillips@THEARC moves into new building



  • Launch long-term Phillips@THEARC programs as new resident