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 Jan 30, 2017 at 4:23 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: "Mardi Gras in Alexandria"

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Wear purple, green and gold while enjoying the “Not So Modern Jazz Band Quartet” by attending the First Friday: “Mardi Gras in Alexandria, February 3, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Durant Arts Center 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.   Mardi Gras in Alexandria carnival customs will be celebrated without leaving Alexandria.  Make a Mardi Gras mask wor bring your own and plan to participate in the evening’s Mardi Gras parade.  .

A “meet and greet” begins at 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will be on hand, complements of the Office of the Arts.  Traditional King Cakes will be provided by Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery.   

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Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.. 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 (355203.02): www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac – then select the activity number. 

The “Mardi Gras in Alexandria” 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


Bagels and Bach Concert Series

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“Bagels and Bach” Concert Series is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month beginning in October from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 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. 

 Concert dates:

Sunday, February 5,  2017         11 a.m .- 1 p.m.    (355204.01)                            Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras

Sunday, March 5,  2017             11 a.m. - 1 p.m.    (355204.02)                           The Provazak Youth String Quartet 

Sunday, April 2, 2017                 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.    (355204.03)                            Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras

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

To pay online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac – then select the activity number. 

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 further information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, cherylanne.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.


Friday Evening Chamber Music Series


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.

Friday, February 10      (355210.01)
Friday, March 10          (355210.02)
Friday, May 12              (455210.02)
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 number. 

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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