Oswald 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.

Page updated on May 8, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Durant Arts Center Programs


Friday Evening Chamber Concert Series

SONOVA-May 11, 2018 Concert

The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia in collaboration with the Office of the Arts offers a Friday Evening Chamber Concert Series at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  Treat yourself to some of the best chamber music the region has to offer, at an affordable price, in a convenient location.

The Friday, May 11 concert will feature renowned cellist and conductor, and professor of music at George Mason University, Dr. Igor Sarmientos.  Dr. Samientos will present a solo cello recital featuring Bach and contemporary cello works.  This is an evening not to be missed!

All tickets $15, children 5 years and under are free. To purchase tickets online visit: alexandriava.gov/Arts click ticket link.  Tickets are also available at the door.

For additional information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Arts.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.



Office of the Arts and the National Capital Puppetry Guild Monthly Puppet Shows at Durant Arts Center

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The Office of the Arts in collaboration with the National Capital Puppetry Guild, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, are collaborating to support a series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center. 

On Saturday, May 19, Bob Brown Puppets performing Old McDonald's Farm.  The puppet show series is designed especially for the very youngest of audiences so toddlers are welcome.  Two shows will be offered 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.   

Reservations per show are $5 for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number:  
455211.06       Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. 
455211.07       Saturday, May 19, 11:15 a.m.  

For over 60 years, Bob Brown Puppets have enriched the lives, the imaginations, and the potential creative abilities of hundreds of thousands of children. Each year,
they play to thousands of youngsters. It is impossible to separate the work of these master puppeteers, as each serves a vital role in each other's creative process. A perfect process that has resulted in wonderful creations that bring together art, music and story-telling to the delight of children (and grown-ups) everywhere. 

For further information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, please contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or email: puppetimes@gmail.com.

The “Puppet Shows” at Durant Arts Center” Series is a family-friendly 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, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/Arts.

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 Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 (Virginia Relay 711) or cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov. 


Durant Arts Center

1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5560 - durantcenter@alexandriava.gov 


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

Rentals


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!! $350 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. 

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