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 May 25, 2017 at 2:59 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: "Family Art Night" - NEW ARTIST

Friday, June 2, 2017, 6 p.m.

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Patrick Kirwin, Featured Artist

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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 2, 6:00 pm 8:30 pm at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.   Patrick Kirwin 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 activity begins at 6:30 pm. Make your reservations today. Advance tickets: $5 residents; $10 nonresidents.  At door tickets: $10 residents; $15 nonresidents.   No experience is necessary.  Children must be accompanied by one adult.

Make your make your reservations today. Advance tickets: Children under 5 years old are free.   To purchase tickets online, www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac  select Activity Number: 455204.02 

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.   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.

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. 


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"Bagels and Bach" Concert - "Eclectric Strings" - June 4, 2017, 11 a.m.


You are invited to attend the Sunday, June 4, “Bagels and Bach” Concert – ““Eclectic Strings,” 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  Solos and duets will be performed by Kevin Kirby, musician, playing Bach Suites on the Mandola.  Tom Seaton will play some Villa Lobos and Albeniz on the acoustic guitar. Plan to enjoy the intimacy and the sparks of romance of these string instruments. 

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 #455208.05   

The "Bagels and Bach" Concert 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.

Performers’ bios:
Tom Seaton has been playing the guitar for over 40 years, and has played at congregations, coffee houses and other venues in southern Maryland during the past two decades. His focus is classical music from the renaissance period to the present, but also enjoys playing jazz and other contemporary styles.  Tom has lived with his wife and two children in the Accokeek, Maryland area since 1992.

Kevin Kirby has been playing music and teasing various fingerboards since grade school, getting his formal start on Viola a few decades ago with the Tucson Junior Strings. Time in the US Navy expanded both his instruments of choice and his exposure to more traditional folk music styles, including bluegrass, Celtic and folk.  He currently plays with Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and keeps his foot in several local groups, including The Shrinemonters, the Irish Breakfast Band, and the Gretchen Purser trio.  In addition to playing viola, Kevin has been known to worry notes out of other stringed instruments, including mandola, guitar, banjo and hammered dulcimer.
 

Friday Evening Chamber Music Series - June 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


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The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will finish out the Friday Evening Chamber Music Series with works composed for large chamber ensembles on Friday, June 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  Treat yourself to some of the best chamber music the region has to offer, at an affordable price, in a convenient location.

The Friday Evening Chamber Concert performance will include will include a bassoon concerto performed by the fabulous Whitney Miller; a wonderful new composition by the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia’s Composer in Residence, Michael Ream; and works by Mozart and others.  You will love hearing this beautiful music, with a large a lovely chamber ensemble, in the intimate setting of the Durant Arts Center.  

All tickets $15, children 5 years and under are free.

To purchase online, visit: www.alexandriava.gov/Webtrac - select activity # 455210.03

Tickets are also available at the door.

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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