Mission + Vision

The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression. We are transforming a 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.

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.

 

History

The Dupont Underground currently comprises 15,000 sq.ft. 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.

Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 sq.ft. 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.

Our Team

OUR TEAM

 

Board of Directors

PHILIPPA HUGHES

Board Chair

Social Sculptor + Creative Placemaker + Chief Creative Contrarian

The Pink Line Project and Citizen Innovation Lab

JULIAN HUNT

Founder

Dupont Underground

Architect, Urban Designer, Writer and Cultural Critic

Partner Hunt Laudi Studio 

UWE S. BRANDES

Faculty Director & Associate Professor of the Practice

Executive Director of the Masters Program

Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University.

 ALICK DEARIE, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Grid Architects

ANTWAUN GRIFFIN

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations within the International Trade Administration’s

U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

Founder, Penn & Broad Partners

 

SUSAN NORTON

Executive Director

International League of Conservation Photographers, Cultural Connections Consultants, LLC, and Destination DC

SARA HILL ISACSON

Director of Branding and Marketing

The Gigawatt Group

MATT LARSON, PE LEED AP

Associate | Structures

ARUP Engineering

LAURA LONDON

Associate Director, Real Estate Development

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing ‎

Real Estate Agent at Compass

CHASE W. RYND, HON. ASLA

Executive Director

National Building Museum

Staff

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Susan Corrigan
Chief Executive Officer 

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Alissa Maru
Director

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Jihan Asher
Manager

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Geoff Livingston
Photographer


 
Graffiti

Graffiti Art of

Dupont Underground

In 2017, Dupont Underground invited personal works to be tagged as a way to connect visitors to contemporary wall art often found in public spaces such as trolley stations, bridges and underpasses. These works are at the heart of the Underground, where emerging and experienced artists—including visual artists, musicians, playwrights, performance artists, authors, graphic artists, architects, designers and others—find a welcoming space to connect with the public.

Artists: SMK :: REI 21 :: MIZTA :: MOUSE :: DAH :: VICE :: REZIST :: AREK :: EON 2 :: JAH :: FAME :: KASR :: DONE