The Subterranean Arthouse was founded by Nicole Rodriguez and Claire Duplantier. Researching a place to teach a class out of, they stumbled onto this beautiful space and their dream careers. They saw it and knew it was incredible, so decided to open up the space as a place for all forms of art to be housed. A few days later their good friend Tara Macomber offered them a non-profit organization called “Tree of Life” that she founded to bring art and dance to the community. Their unfound dream of bringing arts to the community was coming together…So they created the subterranean arthouse.
After many beautiful years bringing the Subterranean Arthouse to life, they have found their lives branching toward new paths of family and career. They have generously handed down Subterranean Arthouse to a collective of artists. Inspired by the legacy of the space and the possibilities of maintaining a critical shared space for art and community, the collective is still in the process of transitioning toward a new model- a cooperative member run space. The collective welcomes people to stop by and say hello.
The Subterranean Arthouse Collective is an interdisciplinary community art space that offers diverse opportunities for local, national, and international artists to teach, create and present their art form. Through weekly classes, performances, film showings and visual art exhibitions, we encourage dialogue between disciplines, between artists. We inspire a sustained curiosity about life through the practice of art. The Subterranean Arthouse is rooted in a tradition of experimentation unique to the Bay Area as it extends its branches to the terrain of other art communities.
The Subterranean Arthouse is a project of the Tree of Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded with the mission to bring arts programing to schools and communities. Tree of Life in conjunction with the Subterranean Arthouse will be a platform for Bay Area artists that will allow them to see their projects to fruition.
Board Members are:
Songwriter and producer, Maya Dorn has been with the Subterranean Arthouse since 2010. Her curation of “Birds on a Limb” monthly songwriter series for two solid years, built a strong presence of music at the Subterranean. Her continued work with the founders as the Artist Programming Advisor and Curator has proven integral to the diverse programming. Her most recent series is called Songs and Stories.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
In recognition of his original compositions, Gautam was awarded the Creative Work Fund in 2013, and in 2008 received a commission from the San Francisco Foundation for his ensemble “New Directions in Indian Classical Music,” which was billed as the “ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music” at the SF International Arts Festival, and as “innovative Indian roots music” at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.
As founder and director of the Sangati Center, Gautam is also “a magnet for local Indian classical musicians” (SF Chronicle). The Sangati Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts of Indian classical music in the past eight years, focusing on a traditional art form that has a robust local presence in the Bay Area. The Sangati Center has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and others, as well as the goodwill of thousands of listeners and musicians local and abroad.
Some of our other volunteer dynamites are:
Katherine Mac El hiney