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 Durant Arts Center

Durant Rec Center imageDr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center

1605 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Cheryl Anne Colton

 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.  

Facility Features:   

  • One grand multipurpose room with stage
  • Four multiple purpose rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Gallery
  • Patio

  Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday before 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday: Available for pre-scheduled private use. 
  • Closed on City holidays


First Fridays

 Family Paint Night (1)

Mark your calendars:

October 2        "Family Art Night"
November 6    "Sadie Hawkins Dance"
December 4   "Season of Celebrations"

The First Friday Series an affordable opportunity to explore the arts in the City of Alexandria.  Concerts and engaging interactive activities begin at 6:30 pm.  Reservations range from $5 to $25.  To learn more about the First Friday Series email:

Fridays@Durant Arts Center

Folk Night Friday image

Celebrate Alexandria’s Live Music Week with the Office of the Arts and Focus Music for a “Folk Night Friday” on Friday, July 17, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.

Ticket prices are $10 resident/$15 nonresident in advance; $15 resident/ $20 nonresident at the door.   To pay online:  Scroll down to Friday Night@Durant item 155201 to begin to purchase advance tickets.

ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) is a percussive acoustic rock animal hailing from Baltimore, MD. Mixing genres from rock to folk to soul to bluegrass; flavors as varied as jazz and hip hop curl through what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting sounds in today's folk(ish) music scene. Recently hailed as an audience-voted "Most-Wanted Artist" at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ilyAIMY combines award-winning songwriting, tight male/female harmonies, signature intricate slap-style guitar work, ukulele, djembe and an eclectically humorous stage show into an exquisite package.

The “Folk Night Friday” is part of the “Friday Night@Durant” Series.   “Friday Night@Durant Series is a collaborative project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.   For additional information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at, 703.746.5565, or visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, contact Cheryl Ann Colton at 703.746.5565 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail

Art Party

3 hr party featuring a hands-on art activity supervised by an art instructor.  Every guest will take home a unique piece of art they create themselves – a special one-of-a-kind party favor!! $325 for 12 children ages 6-12 years old (8-12 years old for mixed media). To book an Art Party call the Durant Arts Center.