Art On Call Project

Proud winner of District of Columbia 2006 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation / Excellence in Community Involvement

The Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Dupont Circle Conservancy (DCC) Art On Call project has been an exciting way for local artists, individuals and businesses to contribute to the enhancement of our streetscape and to the enjoyment of those visiting Washington’s Dupont Circle.

The police and fire call boxes in Washington, installed in the 1860s, became obsolete and were abandoned in the 1970’s with the introduction of the 911 emergency system. The Art on Call citywide initiative includes more than 35 neighborhood organizations that are working with residents, artists, and historians to raise funds and develop creative ways to use the boxes in their areas to celebrate Washington D.C.’s history and the historic police and fire call boxes. Dupont Circle has 22 boxes that DCCA/DCC have refurbished and that are now on display.

Dupont Circle Art On Call Project Committee Members with DC Mayor, Anthony Williams at the awards ceDupont Circle Art On Call Project Committee Members with Mayor Anthony Williams at the awards ceremony in October, 2006, (left to right) Gil Hill, James H. Mears, Laura Brower (Cultural Tourism DC), Phil Carney, Gerald Allan Schwinn, Marilyn Newton (Chair), Michael Beidler. 

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Founded in 1922 in a townhouse at 1767 P Street, to promote and protect the interests of the residents, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is the premier civic and residential organization in the Dupont Circle area.

DCCA brings neighbors, including residents, businesses and non-profit organizations, together to improve the quality of life in an active and diverse urban neighborhood. It holds membership meetings 9 times each year, which are open to the public, runs the Dupont Circle House Tour, resolves neighborhood issues through its committees, donates to local causes, and incubates innovative projects.

Dupont Circle Citizens Association | 9 Dupont Circle, NW | Washington, DC 20036

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