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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 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

First Friday: “Season of Celebrations” December 4

First Friday-Season of Celebration December 4 2015
Are you trying to think of a way to get into the holiday spirit? The First Friday: “Season of Celebrations” is just the thing!  This event will definitely get you into the spirit and it will help set the tone for the holidays. The “Season of Celebrations” is scheduled for December 4, 2015, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Durant Arts Center 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.

Master of ceremonies, Bill Colosimo will escort you through family and cultural traditions of three holidays - Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Featured artists include: Caroline Schneider, vocalist; Shelly Bell, spoken word artist; Rhythm & Roots Players, African drummers; and representatives from the Metamorphosis Art and Enrichment Center will lead the holiday arts and crafts. The evening will be full of storytelling, dancing, and music. A community sing-a-long will be the culminating event for the “Season of Celebration” festivities.

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. Children must be accompanied by one adult.

To pay online (255203.01):

The “Season of Celebrations” 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

Mark your calendars:

February 5     "Mardi Gras in Alexandria"

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.