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.
Board of Directors
Social Sculptor + Creative Placemaker + Chief Creative Contrarian
The Pink Line Project and Citizen Innovation Lab
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
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations within the International Trade Administration’s
U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service
Founder, Penn & Broad Partners
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
Associate Director, Real Estate Development
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Real Estate Agent at Compass
CHASE W. RYND, HON. ASLA
National Building Museum
Chief Executive Officer
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