Chances are, you’ve heard about Philippa Hughes’ Pink Line Project. It started with an online calendar of cultural events and developed into a nexus of curation, event production, networking, and collaboration within the DC (and regional) art scene. Hughes was very well connected to artists and members of the cultural sector, and saw an opportunity to create space, both virtual and physical, for people doing cutting-edge, creative, and often disparate activities around art to come together and make new cool stuff. I imagine she must have slowly built an investor based over time, but she has always made use of abandoned spaces and other over-looked resources in her endeavors. She relies heavily on interns, for example, and consistently works with a broad set of stakeholders, not just because it spreads the work around, but because that is the fundamental premise of the organization.
Most recently, Pink Line Project is transitioning away from event production as Hughes refocuses on her writing, making use of her online notoriety to reach a largely virtual audience. Because she is the sole proprietor and founder, she can adapt her business to suit her interests as well as the demands of the DC art/culture sector.