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 Dec 13, 2017 at 12:18 PM

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: 


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


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The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will perform as part of the Friday Evening Chamber Concert Series 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.

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.

 

First Friday: "Early Chinese New Year Celebration" 
February 2, 2018, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 

               
Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe - November 3, 2017

Come get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year by celebrating the year of the Dog with the  Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe who will be showcased throughout the evening.  The Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe will present 90 minutes of Chinese dance, musicians and martial artists.  Different Chinese dance styles will be presented throughout the evening.  Plan to come in traditional Chinese outfits and plan to experience a bit of China in Alexandria.  All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. 

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. No experience is necessary.  Children under 5 years old are free. Children must be accompanied by one adult.

Reservations are $9 per person. To purchase entrance ticket visit: http://bit.ly/2vSKXRd  Tickets are also available at the door.

The "Early Chinese New Year Celebration" 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 additional information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director at 703.746.5565, cherylane.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit alexandriava.gov/Arts. 

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


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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