Mission + Vision
Who
What
Where
Urban Interventions We Admire
Institutions + Collectives That Inspire Us

 

Mission + Vision

  • The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multi-disciplinary platform for creative expression. We are transforming a forgotten public work – the subterranean streetcar station in Dupont Circle – into a new public infrastructure to support creative exchange, contemporary arts practice, and an ongoing conversation about the city.

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Who

Board of Directors

  • Craig Cook, Artistic Director, Interim Executive Director
  • Julian Hunt, Founder
  • Laura London, Director of Development
  • Anne Montgomery, Director of Strategy, Secretary
  • David Ross, Director of Operations, Treasurer
  • Syga Thomas, Board Member
  • Lauren Victor, Chair
  • Daniel Warwick, Board Member

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What

  • The Dupont Underground comprises 75,000ft2 of repurposed infrastructural space less than a mile from the White House. It lies beneath the city’s iconic Dupont Circle, a nexus of Washington’s cultural, civic, and commercial life. There is no other space like it in the District.
  • Our goal is to foster programming that encourages the public to create and engage with the leading edge of contemporary expression in the visual, environmental, and performing  arts.  We are particularly interested in the place where that expression crosses disciplinary boundaries and is informed by areas such as technology, science, philosophy, and commerce. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community — both artists and audiences. We endeavor to host projects and work that might not be an easy fit in the District’s more conventional cultural venues.
  • Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 s.f. of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.

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Where

  • Dupont Underground is hidden beneath the roadways of Dupont Circle and Connecticut Avenue. Our space sits atop the Dupont Circle Metro Station, and below several city and regional bus stops, and two Capital Bikeshare Stations.
  • Our current entrance is at Dupont Circle, where New Hampshire Avenue intersects on the north side of the circle. It is in front of 11 Dupont Circle and opposite the Dupont Hotel. The entrance is indicated by a berm painted red, with the Dupont Underground logo. You can’t miss it.

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Urban Interventions We Admire

  • The Highline, New York City A blocks-long section of elevated train tracks, once a nuisance, is now a magnet for institutions, businesses, and pedestrians.
  • Alvéole 14, Saint-Nazaire A World War II submarine base on the coast of western France is converted into a public space for contemporary arts and music.
  • 11th Street Bridge Park, D.C. Transforming an old bridge across the Anacostia River into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts.
  • Zollverein, Essen A German mining complex shut down in 1986 gets world-class architecture for public spaces, museums, education, and business.
  • Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney A dilapidated underground reservoir in Australia’s largest city is converted into a sunken garden for community and cultural activities.
  • The Lowline, New York City A plan to use innovative solar technology to turn a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side into an underground park.

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Institutions + Collectives That Inspire Us

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