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.

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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: 

 

 

Office of the Arts and the National Capital Puppetry Guild Launch Monthly Puppet Shows at Durant Arts Center

 

The Alexandria Office of the Arts, in collaboration with the National Capital Puppetry Guild, will launch a news series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street.  

Reservations per show are $5 for person, including children. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number: 

255211.07       Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.

255211.08       Saturday, November 18, 1 p.m.   

The Durant Arts Center is managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. For additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit alexandriava.gov/Arts. 


First Friday: "Family Art Night" 

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6 p.m.


Do you love to paint? Do you also like to get your hands messy?  A professional artist will guide you through a painting of your very own masterpiece, or creating a mosaic trivet. Light refreshments provided.  All tickets $9, Children 5 years and younger are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Reservations can be made now.  To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number: 

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Teresa Brunson, Featured Artist

255201.08       Painting


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Patrick Kirwin, Featured Artist

255201.09       Mosaic

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.  All tickets $9, Children 5 years and younger are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. 

Make your make your reservations today. Advance tickets: Children under 5 years old are free.  

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" Concerts

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Classical music and brunch, what better way to enjoy a Sunday morning? A variety of local quartets, quintets, or sextets will be showcased. The music will be provided by local musicians. Light brunch provided.  Children 5 years and younger are FREE.  All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  Purchase ONLINE tickets here - $9 per person advance and at the door, for residents/nonresidents.


Friday Evening Chamber Music Series 


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The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will kick-off their Friday Evening Chamber Concert Series on Friday, October 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the 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 Concerts are:

October 13
“Williamsburg Reprise!”   

The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia chamber ensemble will reprise their extremely successful concert from this summer's performance in Colonial Williamsburg.  The repertoire features several lesser known classical composers as well as a suite written specifically for this ensemble! 

November 10
“A Broadway Recital” featuring Alex Milletich IV, and Maestro Jeffrey Dokken

Local baritone Alex Milletich IV will delight and entertain the audience with the raw power and sheer clarity of his beautiful voice, accompanied by Maestro Dokken at the piano.  The two might even sing a few duets together! 


December 15 
“A Brass Christmas”

The Brass Quintet will play all your holiday favorites in an exciting concert perfect for your entire family!  

All tickets $15, children 5 years and under are free. To purchase online, visit: To purchase entrance ticket visit: http://bit.ly/2vSKXRd  Tickets are also available at the door.

For additional further information, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Arts.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.5565 Virginia Relay 711.


Inaguaral Puppet MakerFest 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The National Capital Puppetry Guild in collaboration with The Office of the Arts, will present NCPG Puppet MakerFEST 2017, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA.  Alexandria Office of the Arts, continues

Puppet MakerFEST – Room 1
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Do you love marionettes and other puppets? Bring your creative ideas for a puppet you wish to create. The Puppet MakerFest is collaboration between the National Capital Puppetry Guild and the Office of the Arts. Master puppeteers will hold puppet-making workshops and host puppet shows throughout the day.   Entrance ticket allows you to attend one of the two performances of “Trickster Tales” by a puppet company from Richmond, VA; Barefoot Puppets; the Puppet Petting Zoo; and other puppetry displays in the lobby.  Children 2 years and younger are FREE. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To purchase entrance ticket visit: http://bit.ly/2vSKXRd

Four puppet making workshops are offered throughout the day.  If you wish to add on a workshop, the cost is $5 per builder and per adult, per workshop.  One puppet per child, however, children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To make your workshop reservations online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number:  

255211-09 – Puppet MakerFEST – Workshop 1 – Rooms 3 and 4, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ages 2- 8. Simply puppet making workshop. Create your own puppet friend to take home.  The workshop begins at 11 a.m.   Puppet show will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.
 
255211-10 – Puppet MakerFEST – Workshop 2 – Room 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
255211-11 – Puppet MakerFEST – Workshop 3 – Room 2, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Ages 8-12. Have you ever wished of owning a marionette? National Capital Puppetry Guild President, Jeff Bragg, will lead you through the creation of your very own marionette from a stuffed toy.  

255211-13 – Puppet MakerFEST – Workshop 4 – Room 5, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Not to worry if your child is too young to make a puppet.  Make a memory and help your child create their first puppet.  UpCycle Creative Reuse Center representatives will help participants select reuse materials from the Tinker Time carts to design and create their own sock puppets. Socks provided; 1 sock per paid participant. 

The Durant Arts Center is managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. For additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit alexandriava.gov/Arts. 

For additional information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or emailpuppetimes@gmail.com.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.


First  Friday: Dances Around the World

Friday, November 3, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Take a spin around the world through an evening of dance and music. Bring you dancing shoes and plan to join in the festivities. Who knows, you might learn a few new dance steps!  Light refreshments. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Children 5 years and younger are FREE.  All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  Purchase ONLINE tickets here - $9 per person advance and at the door, for residents/nonresidents. 

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



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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