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.
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- One grand multipurpose room with stage
- Four multiple purpose rooms
- 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 Friday: “Mardi Gras in Alexandria" February 5, 2016
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): www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac
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
To obtain further
information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Office of the Arts web site
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"
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: Durantcenter@alexandriava.gov
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.