Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center
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
Bagels and Bach Concert Series
“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.
SAVE THE DATES:
November 6 11 am - 1 pm (255205.02) Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras
December 4 11 am - 1 pm (255205.03) Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic’s Trombone Trio
February 5 11 am - 1 pm Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras
March 5 11 am - 1 pm The Provazak Youth String Quartet
April 2 11 am - 1 pm Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras
May 7 11 am - 1 pm Pianist Christopher Schmitt
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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.