Welcome to the City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts
The Office of The Arts promotes the value of arts and culture in the City of Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations. 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
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.
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.
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.
Alexandria’s Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry as an art form, encourages the creative writing and reading of literature, and promotes literacy through poetry.
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.
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.
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.