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.

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Durant Arts Center Programs


First Friday: “Taste of Cinco de Mayo” – May 3

NEW LOCATION: Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center 

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Plan to bring your family to First Friday: “Taste of Cinco de Mayo” at the Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Avenue on Friday, May 3.  The evening will be showcase Mexican music food, music and dance.  Mexican culinary delights start your evening sponsored by local restaurants.  Food sponsors to date are Guapo’s, Taqueria el Poblano, Los Toltecos, and Los Tios Grill restaurants.  

Meet and Greet begins at 6 p.m.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Mobile Art Lab will be on hand with some interactive art activities and there will be pinatas for 5-6-year-olds, 7-8-year-olds and 9 – 12-year-olds.  Beginning at 7 p.m., the Leonard Armstrong Recreation Center’s youth dance groups will be showcased performing Latin inspired pieces. Culminating the evening’s festivities will be Baltimore’s own Bailes de Mi Tierra Mexican Folk Dance GroupBailes de Mi Tierra ’s mission is to preserve, promote, and present Mexican & Latin American traditions through its music, dance, and folklore. The group has become a community favorite in the Tri-state region for its rich representation of its heritage and traditions.

All tickets, $5 per person. Families of four are $15. Children under 5 years old are free. Children must be accompanied by one adult. Make your make your reservations today visit: www.alexandriava.gov/WebTrac, select Tickets.  

"Taste of Cinco de Mayo" is part of the "First Fridays" Series a family-friendly project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.  This event is a collaboration project between the Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center and the Office of the Arts.  

For additional information about the Office of the Arts, call Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email:  cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Arts.

For more information about the Bailes de Mi Tierra Mexican Folk Dance Group of Baltimore visit: www.bailesdemiterra.com

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact Cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.

Durant Arts Center

1605 Cameron St.
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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