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Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, the Office of the Arts works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, workers and visitors.

Diane Ruggiero, Deputy Director
Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activites
Office of the Arts
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Office of the Arts Begins Cultural Planning Process

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has engaged Cultural Planning Group (CPG) to develop a comprehensive, citywide cultural arts plan that shall define the role of the Office of the Arts in supporting, producing, defining, and sustaining arts and culture initiatives throughout the City to accomplish the City’s broader goals.

Public Art in Alexandria

Public Art in Alexandria seeks to provide for future artistic endeavors and the promotion of Alexandria's cultural heritage, strengthen community pride, and foster tourism.  

Traffic Control Box Wraps Public Art Project
Artists have created unique designs to wrap traffic control boxes on Duke Street in Alexandria.
Arts Program Grant for FY17

The arts grant program is designed to encourage artistic excellence in the City by assisting Alexandria-based arts organizations in providing opportunities for the community to engage with the arts and providing local artists with opportunities to create, perform, and present their works.  For more information about the grant program, click here.

Resources - from performance space to internships and volunteer opportunities - can be found here.


Alexandria's Creative Economy

Arts and culture not only enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in a community - the creative economy is a vital element in building and sustaining unique and diverse communities.

Programs & Workshops

From free workshops and lectures to art exhibits in public buildings, the Office of the Arts offers a wide variety of programs, workshops, and artist opportunities throughout the city.


Mobile Art Lab
Meet Alexandria's Mobile Art Lab - activating public space.
“Calling all Writers - City of Alexandria Searches for Poet Laureate and Alexandria Poetry Contest”
Working with the Alexandria Transit Company and the Office of the Arts, Tori Lane, Poet Laureate for the City of Alexandria wishes to invite writers who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria to submit poetry for the “DASHing Words in Motion” project.
Alexandria Commission for the Arts

The role of the Arts Commission is to provide leadership in the development of a vibrant and sustainable arts community that engages audiences, and to encourage support and appreciation for the arts as a cornerstone of Alexandria's identity and cultural, social, and economic vitality. 


Durant Arts Center
The Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center is the Department’s multicultural center for the performing and visual arts. It offers programs in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The Durant Center is located in the Upper King Street neighborhood of Old Town and provides spaces for rehearsals, performances, special events, meetings, and arts focused classes.