About the Durant Arts Center
Formerly a USO center, the Center was named after Dr. Oswald Durant, one of the first 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.
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.
Contact the DURANT Arts CENTER
1605 Cameron St.
- Monday - Friday: 5 - 10 p.m.
- Available for pre-scheduled private use during all other hours
- Closed on all City holidays
The City of Alexandria, through the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Arts division, invites the community to participate in creative programming at the Durant Arts Center.
For reasonable disability accommodation about these programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.
Monthly Puppet Shows
10 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
$6 per person
Family puppet shows each month are fun for the very young and the young at heart. Performances are on select Saturdays and take place at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person, available online or at the door. Make your make your reservations today at alexandriava.gov/WebTrac, continue as guest, then select tickets from the drop-down menu.
- July 20: Blue Sky Puppet Theatre
One of the East Coast’s finest children’s theater companies visits Alexandria to perform an off-beat twist on a classic tale, The Three (Not So) Little Pigs. The wolf is a vegetarian and the pigs jam on rock and roll guitars.
- August 17: Wonderment
A greedy troll tries to take over the 3 goats bridge and make a meal out of them. But the goats have different plans for the troll.
For more information or to request reasonable disability accommodation, contact email@example.com or 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.
About the Puppeteers
Since 1974, the “ Blue Sky Puppet Theatre” has been one of the finest touring children's theatres on the East Coast. The 10-person company was founded by Michael Cotter who continues today to be its artistic director, producer, and co-owner. The Blue Sky Theatre currently has 15 productions and annually performs 1,300 shows that are dedicated to excellence in theatre, art, education and fun.
For the past 10 and half years, Wonderment Puppet Theater have had a permanent home in Martinsburg, WV. The theater provides six original puppet shows a year. It also has an interactive play area for before and after show fun, a gift shop, and a studio for creating future shows. Owner and puppeteer, Joe Santoro, who otherwise works as an art teacher at Hedgeville Elementary School, along with his wife Jane, always give personal attention to anyone with a curiosity for puppetry or the making of the theater.
Featuring Author Sheila P. Moses
Saturday, August 3
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$75, registration required by July 29
Alexandria author Sheila Moses leads a workshop for writers interested in the young-adult genre. She will provide tips on crafting an engaging tale and insight into working with a publisher to bring the story to market.
The workshop is limited to 20 people. A bag lunch is recommended. Advanced reservations are required. The $75 fee is due July 29.
To pay online, visit alexandriava.gov/WebTrac, search for activity number 455201.03.
About the Author
and Schuster author Sheila Moses is the award-winning author of several books
for teens and young readers: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of
Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life
and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; and The Baptism. Moses is the
co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul. Her next book, A
Price Was Paid, The History of W.S. Creecy School, is also the subject of
an upcoming documentary with the same title. Moses was raised in Rich Square,
North Carolina, and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Upcycle Creative Reuse Center
Upcycle has a satellite location at the Durant Arts Center. Visit Upcycle to learn more about their classes and camps.
- Fee Schedule
- Facility Features
- One grand multipurpose room with stage
- Four multiple purpose rooms