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 Collective 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 Collective 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 Collective is a platform for Bay Area artists that allows them to see their projects to fruition.
Board Members of the Tree of Life:
Nicole Rodriguez and Claire Duplantier are the original creators, founders of the Subterranean Arthouse. 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. That was in 2009.
After six beautiful years blossoming the Subterranean Arthouse, they found their lives branching toward new paths of family and career. Hence they generously handed down the Subterranean Arthouse to a collective of artists. Beginning 2015, a diverse of group of artists has responded to Claire/Nicole’s call. This collective is inspired by the legacy of the space and the urge to maintain a critical shared space for art and community. The collective is in the process of transitioning toward a new model — a cooperative, member-run space. However, the fabulous, new programming is already well underway.