Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center
Facility Manager: Tyler Sturgill
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
First Friday: “Family Art Night,” June 3
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, June 3, 6:00 pm 8:30 pm at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA. Teresa Brunson featured artist who will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. No experience is needed.
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.
To pay online, visit: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac – then select the activity number 455204.01.
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.
Bagels and Bach Series
If you missed the two “Bagels and Bach” concerts, not to worry, plan to attend the Sunday, June 5, “Bagels and Bach” Concert scheduled 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. 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.
The Provazek Quartet
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at www.alexandriava.gov/arts.
Inaugural Celebration – “Alexandria – gospelFEST,” May 20 and 21
Do you want to lift your spirits while also assisting the community? Plan to attend the inaugural celebration “Alexandria – gospelFEST” on Friday, May 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA.
William D. Euille, Former Mayor, City of Alexandria, Master of Ceremonies will guide the audience through the history of Gospel music through the ages. Songs for the “Alexandria – gospelFEST” will showcase a variety of Gospel music styles, including spirituals, contemporary, traditional, choral, call and response, and praise workshop music. Participating choirs include: City of Alexandria Employee Choir, First Agape Community of Faith Church, Jefferson Houston Elementary School, George Washington Middle School, My Father’s House Christian Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alfred Street Baptist Church’s Voices of Triumph, Shiloh Baptist Church, and Third Baptist Church.
Anne D. Smith, author, “GOOD NEWS: Innovators and Originators of Gospel Music” will be on hand throughout the “Alexandria –gospelFEST.” Historical tidbits and insights from the book will be highlighted.
The “Alexandria – gospelFEST” is partnering with ALIVE!, Hunger Free Alexandria and ACT for Alexandria to host a community food drive. Bring a nonperishable food item to the “Alexandria – gospelFEST” and help the hungry in Alexandria’s community. Food items will be sent to the Alexandria Food Pantry.
All ticket $5 per person, per day. To pay online visit: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac (activity: 455207.01 for Friday concert or 455207-02 for Saturday concert). Children must be accompanied by one adult.
The "Alexandria - gospelFEST" is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
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.