10 Years of Phillips after 5

Phillips after 5 just celebrated 10 years of after hours “artful evenings! Keith Costas, The Phillips Collection’s Director of Special Events, shared some of his favorite moments with us.

Did you know:

  • That when we first started Phillips after 5 we did it every Thursday in August. 3 in a row!
  • It was called Artful Evenings.
  • We’ve had 130 P@5’s 93,333 total attendance
  • Requires a dozen volunteers staff each event
  • Before we went to a ticketed reservation system there was a line all the way to Q St and in front of the Embassy of India
  • There have been countless marriage proposals

Programming Highlights

  • “Vampires vs Zombies” Washington Ballet at THE ARC- Excerpts from Michael Pinks “ Dracula”- Young dancers performing Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
  • “Seeing Red” Red Heads Get in Free during Van Gogh
  • Silent Disco
  • Punk Band ‘Loud Boyz’ in the Auditorium
  • Speed Friending
  • Sailing Regatta
  • Food Truck Fiesta

Most moving  and meaningful

  • April 4, 2011:  Support Japan, Give with the Phillips, after the Tsunami in Japan we partnered with the Red Cross to raise money for the victims, setup a quiet gallery with some of our Japanese works of art for remembrance and reflection.

Check out a few of our favorite shots over the years