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.

Page updated on Jul 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Durant Arts Center Programs


Monthly Puppet Shows series at Durant Arts Center - July 21, 2018

BarefootPuppetTheatre

The Office of the Arts in collaboration with the National Capital Puppetry Guild, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, are hosting a series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center. The puppet show 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.   

On Saturday, July 21, the Barefoot Puppet Theatre will be the showcased.  Heidi Rugg, Founder and Director, along with Sam Rugg, Technical Director and Set Designer are collaborators and exceptional puppeteers who bring the Barefoot puppets to life.

Reservations per show are $5 for all ages (adults and children).  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number:  
155211.01      Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. 
155211.02      Saturday, July 21, 11:15 a.m.  

Barefoot Puppet Theatre:
Heidi Rugg: Founder, Director, Writer, Puppeteer, Puppet Builder, and Set Designer
Puppeteering allows Heidi to integrate her fascination with stories, goofy voices, creativity, and writing with her love for art. She began building puppets in elementary school to fulfill visual aid requirements for book reports. 

Sam Rugg: Technical Director, Driver, Set Builder, Puppeteer, Book-keeper, and Roadie
Sam has been full-time with the company since 2001. He describes his job as, “I drive the truck and carry things,” but his role is so much bigger than that. In addition to his masterful driving and carrying skills, Sam keeps the books, maintains and improves the technical equipment, and designs cool scenery.

For further information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, please contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or email: puppetimes@gmail.com.

The “Puppet Shows” at Durant Arts Center” 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 additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit the Office of the Arts web site at 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 cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov. 

Monthly Puppet Shows series at Durant Arts Center - August 18, 2018

BlueSkyPuppetTheatre

The Office of the Arts in collaboration with the National Capital Puppetry Guild, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, are hosting a series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center. The puppet show 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.   

On Saturday, August 18, the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will be performing. Since 1974, the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre has been one of the finest touring children's theatres on the East Coast. Performing 1,000 shows a year which are dedicated to excellence in theatre, art, education and fun.
  
Reservations per show are $5 for all ages (adults and children).  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number:  
155211.03      Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. 
155211.04      Saturday, August 18, 11:15 a.m.  

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre:
Blue Sky Puppet Theatre is a professional touring children's/family theatre located in the Baltimore/Washington area. The company, at first an adult experimental theatre, celebrated its first public performance on May 24, 1974. Since 1980, it has been exclusively a theatre for young audience. The 10 person company was founded by Michael Cotter who continues today to be its artistic director, producer, and co-owner. 

For further information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, please contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or email: puppetimes@gmail.com.

The “Puppet Shows” at Durant Arts Center” 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 additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit the Office of the Arts web site at 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 cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov. 


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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