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.
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.
Robert W. Meins
Chief Executive Officer
Front Office Manager
Board of Directors
Real Estate Agent at Compass
Founder London Cello Studio
ALICK DEARIE, AIA, LEED AP
Employee owner TiER1
President Dupont Festival
Board member Cultural Tourism
Board member Heurich House
Architect, Urban Designer, Writer and Cultural Critic
Partner Hunt Laudi Studio
International League of Conservation Photographers, Cultural Connections Consultants, LLC, and Destination DC
MATT LARSON, PE LEED AP
Associate | Structures
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations within the International Trade Administration’s
U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service
Founder, Penn & Broad Partners
UWE S. BRANDES
Faculty Director & Associate Professor of the Practice
Executive Director of the Masters Program
Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University.
Graffiti Art of
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