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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.

Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center

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

Facility Manager: Tyler Sturgill

The Durant Arts Center is located in the Upper King Street neighborhood of Old Town.  The Center provides spaces for rehearsals, performances, special events, meetings and arts focused classes.  The Durant Arts Center was formerly a USO center.  The Center was named after Dr. Oswald Durant who was one of two or three African American doctors in Alexandria. 

For many years Dr. Durant could not practice at the local hospital because of segregation. Some patients of color in need of emergency care would show up at his home in the middle of the night to be treated for their injuries.

In 2004, the Center reopened as the Department’s multicultural center for the performing and visual arts. It offers programs in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. The Durant Arts 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.

Upcycle Creative Reuse Center now has a satellite location at the Durant Arts Center.  Jump to Upcycle's website here to learn more about their classes and camps.

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

First Friday: “Mardi Gras in Alexandria" February 5, 2016

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Wear purple, green and gold while enjoying the “Not So Modern Jazz Band Quartet Minus One” by attending the First Friday: “Mardi Gras in Alexandria, February 5, 2016, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Durant Arts Center 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.   Mardi Gras in Alexandria carnival customs will be celebrated without leaving Alexandria.  Make a Mardi Gras mask with Metamorphosis Art and Enrichment Center or bring your own and plan to participate in the evening’s Mardi Gras parade.  .

A “meet and greet” begins at 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be on hand, complements of the Office of the Arts.  Festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Advance per person reservations: $5 residents; $10 nonresidents.  At door: $10 residents; $15 nonresidents.   No experience is necessary.  Children must be accompanied by one adult.

To pay online (355203.01):

The “Mardi Gras in Alexandria” is part of the “First Fridays” Series.   The Series is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.   


To obtain further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email:, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at

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Mark your calendars:

March 4         "Family Art Night"

April 1           "Fool’s Day Merriment"

May 6            "Taste of Cinco de Mayo"

June 3            "Family Art Night"

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:

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.