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
World Day of Puppetry
Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The National Capital Puppetry Guild in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will present the 2nd Annual “Celebrate the World Day of Puppetry” on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Doors open at 9:00 a.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA.
The World Day of Puppetry will offer family-oriented puppet performances, hands-on workshops, exhibits and sales tables. Seven puppetry performances will feature Bob Brown Puppets, Dinorock, Beech Tree Puppets, Blue Sky Puppet Theater, and more!
Puppet shows at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Admission tickets for all the puppet shows are $5 per person. To obtain admission tickets visit: https://tinyurl.com/yanhthg7
Other activities include hands-on puppet-making workshops for families. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Workshop #1 – Sock Puppets, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ages 1 - 6 years old. Socks provided. One sock per paid participant, $5 per person. (355211-04)
Workshop #2 – Basic TV Style Puppet Construction, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m., Ages 10 years to Adult. One puppet per paid participant, $10 per person. (355211-05)
Workshop #3 – Puppet Making for Young Children, 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. Ages 5 - 8 years old. One puppet per paid participant, $5 per person. (355211-06)
To make advance workshop reservations online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac - select activity number Tickets and reservations are also available at the door.
To obtain further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email: email@example.com, or visit the Office of the Arts web site: www.alexandriava.gov/arts.
For additional information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with 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 email@example.com.
First Friday: “Fools’ Day Merriment”
April 6, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to dress-up with shirt or pants worn backwards, or inside out; or wear mismatched socks or shoes? The April 6, First Friday: “Fools’ Day Merriment” is the place to wear these items. You are invited to wear crazy hats and clothes, to celebrate April Fools' Day. The sillier you dress the better. The festivities will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Durant Arts Center 1605 Cameron St.
The Alexandria Singers make you smile with their musical selections and merriment. Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle? Here is your chance to learn, the Alexandria Singers will be on hand to teach you. The Mobile Art Lab will be on hand to lead interactive art activities. You may want to practice you joke-telling before attending, because the evening will conclude with an audience participation joke-a-thon. The “Fools’ Day Merriment” is just what the doctor ordered, an evening of laughter, jokes, pranks and pure joy!
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. Tickets: $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by one adult. To purchase tickets, visit: http://tiny.cc/yhysry
The “Fools’ Day Merriment” 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 Activities.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bagels and Bach Concert
Sunday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The next “Bagels and Bach” Concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA. You will enjoy classical music, your children will become aware and will learn how to appreciate classical music, and you will be treated to a light brunch. What better way to enjoy a Sunday morning?
The April 8 concert will feature Low Brass Orchestral Highlights (featuring excerpts from works by Wagner, Mozart, Schumann, Mahler, Berlioz, Hindemith and more!). Learn how the Trombone is featured within the orchestra. Featured musicians will be: Tyler Castrucci and Stephen Omelsky, tenor trombone; and Adam Stokes, bass trombone
All tickets are $9 per person, Children under 5 years old are free. Make your make your reservations today visit: http://tiny.cc/yhysry
Tyler is Principal Trombone of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and Second Trombone of the York Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Tyler is the Low Brass Instructor for Bishop McNamara High School, DeMatha High School and the International School of Music.
Stephen (Dr. Omelsky) has performed frequently as Second Trombone with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. When he's not playing trombone, Dr. Omelsky can be found teaching Elementary Music in the Montgomery County Public School system.
Adam is the Bass Trombonist in the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. A Virginia native, Adam received his Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. An avid teacher, Adam maintains a large private studio in Northern Virginia.
The “Bagels and Bach” Concert 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 more information visit 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 email@example.com.
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.