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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Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center

1605 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5560
durantcenter@alexandriava.gov 
Regional Program Director/Facility Manager: Cheryl Anne Colton


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: 

   

       

Ethiopian New Year Celebration – September 9

Ethiopian New Year Celebration 2016

The Office of the Arts and the Network of Family Service Professionals Inc. invite you to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year Celebration on Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (doors open at 5 pm) at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.  

Engage all of your senses: SEE– the colorful decorations and cultural attire; HEAR – the Ethiopian music and rhythms performed by “Fendika,” a troupe of azmari musicians and dancers from Addis Ababa, draws deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s bardic tradition while adding creative movements and sounds, along with Ethiopian youth choir singing traditional folk songs; SMELL – the aroma of the Ethiopian coffee, pastries and food; TASTE – Ethiopian culture through enjoying food samplings and coffee; FEEL – the spirit of the New Year and dance the night away. 

Visit the cultural exhibitions in the lobby/gallery, and participate in the making daisies and get your name scripted in Amharic/አማርኛ, in the auditorium.  The evening will have something for every member of your family.  Plan to come in traditional Ethiopian outfits and plan to experience a bit of Ethiopia in Alexandria.  Enjoy a bit of Ethiopia in Alexandria!!  

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a “meet and greet in the lobby/gallery.  The formal program begins at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.   Local Ethiopian restaurants, coffee shops and markets will provide light refreshments. Advance and at the door tickets for both resident and nonresident are $5 each per person.  Children must be accompanied by one adult.

To pay online visit: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, in search box enter Ethiopian New Year or enter the activity number: 255206.01. 

The “Ethiopian New Year Celebration” is a collaborative project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.    To obtain further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email: cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/arts.


Alexandria Live Music Week – September 30 and October 8

Alexandria Live Music Week logo 2016

Begin and end Alexandria Live Music Week with the Office of the Arts!  Over 165 different acts will perform throughout the week, with four acts at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA. 

On September 30, the Office of the Arts will host Vim & Vigor and Paul Santorio’s Bands (activity: 255204.01) at the Center.  Enjoy the Alexandria Live Music Week, and then on October 8 come back to the Center and hear the Dennis for Mayer and Fight Past the Urge Bands (activity 255204.02). 

Both nights will have a “meet and greet” beginning at 5 p.m.  The first band performs at 6:30 p.m., and the second band at 8 p.m.  All tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. 

To pay online visit: www.alexandriava.gov/ webtrac (search activity code).

To learn more about bands and venues for the Alexandria Live Music Week – September 30 –October 8, visit: www.AlexandriaLive.com/MusicWeek.

The Alexandria Live Music Week – Durant Arts Center Performances is a collaborative project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.   To obtain further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email: cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/arts.


Bagels and Bach Concert Series

Bach Image

“Bagels and Bach” Concert Series is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month beginning in October from 11 am – 1 pm, at the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron St.).  You can enjoy classical, your children will become aware and will learn how to appreciate classical music, and you will be treated to a light brunch. A variety of local quartets, quintets, or sextets will be showcased. What better way to enjoy a Sunday morning?  

Plan to make your reservations today: Advance registration: resident $10/Nonresident $15.  Children under 5 years old are free.   To pay online, visit: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac – then select the activity number. 

SAVE THE DATES:

October 2          11 am - 1 pm  (255205.01)

November 6      11 am - 1 pm (255205.02)

December 4      11 am - 1 pm (255205.03) 

The Bagels and Bach 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 further information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, email: cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/arts.

 

First Fridays

First Friday: “Family Art Night,” October 7

 

Are you looking for a memorable and inspiring evening with your family?  Plan to attend the “Family Art Night sponsored by the Office of the Arts on Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm 8:30 pm at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.   A “meet and greet” begins at 6:00 pm.  Pizza, soda and water will be on hand, complements of the Office of the Arts.  Art activities begin at 6:30 pm. Advance per person reservations: $5 residents; $10 nonresidents.  At door: $10 residents; $15 nonresidents.   No experience is necessary.  Children must be accompanied by one adult.

Reservation includes ONE art experience, art supplies, pizza and soda.  You have three art experiences to choose from: 

Teresa Brunson Family Paint Night Photo

Paint with Teresa Brunson - Ages 5 and up with Adult. Do you love to paint?  No experience necessary - Teresa will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. Take your masterpiece home at the end of the evening.  Limit: 60 people (255201.04); or, 

Patrick Kirwin photo

Create Mosaics with Patrick Kirwin - Ages 6 and up with Adult.  Design a mosaic trivet that you can give as a gift, or use in the kitchen. Limit: 20 people (255201.05); or,

Upcycle First Friday Oct 2016

Construct Cardboard Games with Upcycle Creative Reuse Center - Ages 7 & up with Adult. Kids of all ages are invited to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Celebrate your creativity and build an arcade or board game, then plan to share the game with Family Art Night participants (255201.06); or, 

PL Photo Wendi Kaplan

Create Poetry Pictures with Wendi R. Kaplan, Poet Laureate, City of Alexandria - Ages 7 & up with Adult. Join Wendi R. Kaplan, Poet Laureate in creating word pictures of people, places and things! Wherever our imaginations go, we can go!  Sharing our poetry will be part of the fun. Limit: 20 people (255201.07).


To pay online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac (Search Activity code)

The “Family Art Night” 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.   

To obtain further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email: cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/arts.



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!! $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. 







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