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Art Links to Life | Fostering Meaningful Dialogue through Art

As we approach the 100th anniversary of America’s first museum of modern art, we are building upon our storied history and positioning the Phillips as a global force for experimentation and a leader in contemporary discourse.

Today, The Phillips Collection uses the power of art to stimulate conversation in fresh and dynamic ways. We believe that progressive ideas incubate in creative spaces and that novel approaches to looking at the world emerge at the intersection of various art forms. We believe that art can catalyze learning across educational curricula—even among the sciences, humanities, and diplomacy—and that art can foster meaningful dialogue about well-being, civic responsibility, and environmental literacy. 

By cultivating a dynamic and far-ranging dialogue that uses modern and contemporary art as a point of departure, the Phillips is a wellspring of innovation, educational outreach, and groundbreaking partnerships.


The Phillips Collection pushes the boundaries of K–12 education with the development of Prism.K12, a set of six strategies that help teachers create rigorous arts-integrated lessons and curricula. The museum has produced award-winning arts-integrated teacher resources, engaged in local school partnerships, and led national K-12 initiatives.


In 2018, the Phillips opened a satellite campus at THEARC in Southeast DC, providing arts-infused services to new audiences. Phillips@THEARC programs—co-created with Ward 7 and 8 community organizations and residents and THEARC partners—focus on arts and wellness for caregivers and older adults and arts-integrated learning for K-12 teachers and students. 


The relationship between art, health, and well-being resonated deeply with museum founder Duncan Phillips. The Creative Aging program, a collaboration with Iona Senior Services, Arts for the Aging, and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center, helps older adults make and strengthen social connections through creative experiences.


The Phillips engages visitors of all ages through talks, inquiry-based tours, and lectures, as well as interdisciplinary experiments in music, dance, and theater. New family programming includes a family gallery, gallery experiences, and creativity workshops.