The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) comprising artists and designers, businesspeople and community leaders, working together to transform the unused Dupont Circle trolley station into an institution highlighting the District’s rightful place on the cultural map.
Board of Directors
• Founder/Interim Chairman: Julian Hunt, Principal, Hunt Laudi Studio
• Braulio Agnese, Marketing Manager, Gensler
• Stylianos Christofides, Principal, SC Squared LLC
• Lionel Lynch, Principal, HR&A Advisors
• Ronald D. Abramson, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
• Jim Anglemyer, President, WCS Construction
• Boriana Bakaltcheva, MBA Candidate, Georgetown University
• Julianne Brienza, Executive Director, Capital Fringe
• Robert Cole, Principal, ColePrévost
• Michele de Nevers, Center for Global Development
• K.C. Dutton, Associate, Gensler
• Aisha Davis, Owner, DESHO Productions
• William Gallagher Jr., Principal, KGP Design Studio
• Annie Gawlak, Owner & Director, G Fine Art
• Breeze Giannasio, Principal & Founder, BGDB
• Lisa Gold, Executive Director, Washington Project for the Arts
• David Greenbaum, Vice President, SmithGroup
• Morgan Greenhouse, verdeHOUSE
• Adam Griffiths, Artist
• Stanley Hallet, Professor, Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning
• Philippa Hughes, Commissioner, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities
• Martin Irvine, Proprietor & Director, Irvine Contemporary
• Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
• John Lang, Designer, Hickok Cole Architects
• Anthony Lanier, President, EastBanc
• Jayme McLellan, Director & Founder, Civilian Art Projects
• Kirk Mettam, Principal, Robert Silman Associates
• Ora Nwabueze, Founder, The Dunes
• Ann Philbin, Director, Hammer Museum
• Shane Pomajambo, Owner, Art Whino
• Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer Gallery
• Brigitte Reyes, Director, Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions
• Kendra Rubinfeld, Principal, Kendra Rubinfeld PR
• Paul Ruppert, Producing Director, Warehouse Theater
• Juliette Searight, Architect
• Johan Severtson, Professor, Corcoran College of Art + Design
• Tomás Snorek, Principal, ripe
• Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State
• Christian Walker, Biomedical Innovations Industry
Dupont Underground would encompass the 75,000 s.f. of infrastructure beneath Dupont Circle that served Washington as a trolley station and then, until it was closed off in 1975, a fallout shelter. Our objectives for the space:
- Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
- Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
- Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
- Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
- Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.
Located in Washington’s northwest quadrant, Dupont Circle is part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original design for the nation’s capital. Among the city’s most popular neighborhoods, it marks the intersection of two major thoroughfares — Connecticut Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue — and sits atop the Metro system’s Red Line.
The ACDU is proposing to the D.C. government a phased, multiyear program to progressively fund, renovate, promote, develop programming for, and administer the space. We are asking individuals, groups, and organizations to support and participate with us in this process. Private funding will enable the capital investments needed to open the full space to the public. Partner-sponsored events and programming will establish the importance of the space for the city. Every contribution will help.
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- Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney A dilapidated underground reservoir in Australia’s largest city is converted into a sunken garden for community and cultural activities.
- Old Vic/Waterloo Tunnels, London The Old Vic Theatre has acquired tunnels beneath Waterloo Station and is using the space for productions, performances, and installations.
THAT INSPIRE US
- Delancey Underground
- Storefront for Art and Architecture
- pinkcomma gallery
- MAK Center
- San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association
- Issue Project Room
- Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
- Materials & Applications
- Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona