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


NEW DATE: “Chinese New Year Celebration" Saturday, February 16

Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe - November 3, 2017

Due to inclement weather, the February 1 - First Friday: Chinese New Year Celebration schedule for this evening, was cancelled.  The rescheduled date is Saturday, February 16 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  

Celebrating the Year of the Pig, the evening will include the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe dancing several traditional Chinese Folk Dances accompanied by Alice Guzheng Ensemble, Mr. Zhang on a traditional instrument called hulusi, and a vocalist Mr. Lin.  A Chinese Kungfu, Martial Arts demonstration and the City’s Mobile Art Lab leading interactive art activity will round off the evening’s festivities. There will be something for every member of your family.  Plan to come in traditional Chinese outfits and experience China in Alexandria!

A “meet and greet” begins at 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will be on hand, complements of the Office of the Arts.  Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Children under 5 years old are free. Children must be accompanied by one adult.

The Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe is a non-profit amateur group, dedicated to sharing art and culture while promoting cross-cultural understandings. For information visit: http://fcdtdance.org/

Tickets for the Chinese New Year Celebration are $9 per person. Children under 5 years old are free. To make your make your reservations click here. Tickets are also available at the door.     

             

Celebrating Building Bridges and Creating Community Through Poetry – February 15

PL Photo Wendi Kaplan

On Friday, February 15, Wendi Kaplan, Poet Laureate, City of Alexandria invites you to a special reception “Celebrating Building Bridges and Creating Community through Poetry.” This reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., formal program begins at 7 p.m., at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. 

The reception will highlight Ms. Kaplan’s tenure as the City’s Poet Laureate through poetry, programs and activities.    

The reception is free, but a RSVP is requested. Please email your RSVP to: poet@alexandriava.gov.

To learn more about the Office of the Arts Literary Programs visit the Office of the Arts Literary Programs.

 

Monthly Puppet Shows – February 16

 BobBrownPuppets- head shot

The National Capital Puppetry Guild, in collaboration with The Office of the Arts, continue the Puppet Shows at the Durant Arts Center's series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center. 1605 Cameron St. 

Saturday, February 16, Bob Brown Puppets will be performing Second Hand Stars. The Monthly Puppet Shows 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. 

Tickets for each show are $6, for all ages. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To make your make your reservations click here. Tickets are also available at the door.   

For over 60 years, Bob Brown Puppets have enriched the lives, imaginations, and the potential creative abilities of hundreds of thousands of children. Each year they play to thousands, presenting 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, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, please contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or email: puppetimes@gmail.com

The Durant Arts Center is managed by 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.

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

   

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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