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 Mar 28, 2017 at 3:34 PM

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: 

  

First Friday: "Fools' Day Merriment" 

Friday, April 7, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Have you ever wanted to dress-up with shirt or pants worn backwards, or inside out; or wear mismatched socks or shoes?  The April 7, 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.  Learn how to make a paper hat, or plan to get our face painted. 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. Advance tickets: $5 Residents/ $10 Nonresidents.  At door tickets: $10 Residents/ $15 Nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by one adult.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity # 355205.02   

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.   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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT BAGELS AND BACH CONCERT:

Sunday, May 7, 2017                 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.    (455208.04)                            Pianist Christopher Schmitt

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 Ann Colton at 703.746.5565 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.



Bagels and Bach Concert Series

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You are invited to attend the Sunday, April 2, “Bagels and Bach” Concert, “Unusual Pairings - Solos and duets for Cello and Trombone” from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  Tyler Castrucci, trombone and Molly Jones, cello will include works by Bach, Crespo, Telemann, Mozart, original compositions by Molly Jones and more.

What better way to enjoy a Sunday morning--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.

Make your make your reservations today. Advance tickets: Resident $10/Nonresident $15.  At the door tickets: Resident $15/Nonresident $10. Children under 5 years old are free.  To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity # 355204.03   
  
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 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. 


Friday Evening Chamber Music Series


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In Partnership with the Office of the Arts, the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia will present a Friday Evening Chamber Music Series.  The beautiful chamber music concerts ranging from string quartets and woodwind ensembles, to piano and voice recitals and instrumental duets.  Treat yourself to some of the best chamber music the region has to offer, at an affordable price, in a convenient location.  All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Led by Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, the Friday, May 12 (Activity #455210.02) Chamber Concert.  


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT FRIDAY EVENING CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT:

Friday, June 9               (455210.03)
 
Tickets only $15!  Kids 5 and under free. 
To pay online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac – then select the activity#. 

The Friday Evening Chamber Music Series is a 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 703.746.5565cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Arts.

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 cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.



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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