The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression.
The organization is 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.
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.
The 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. Dupont Underground is interested in the place where that expression crosses disciplinary boundaries and is informed by areas such as technology, science, philosophy, and commerce. The endeavor is to host projects and work that might not be an easy fit in the District's more conventional cultural venues.
The Dupont Underground comprises 75,000 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.
For more information visit the site at www.dupontunderground.org