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: 

  

First Friday: "Family Art Night" 

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


Are you looking for a memorable and inspiring evening with your family? Plan to attend the First Friday: “Family Art Night” sponsored by the Office of the Arts on Friday, March 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA. 

A “meet and greet” begins at 6 p.m. Pizza, soda and water will be on hand, complements of the Office of the Arts. Art activities 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.

Reservation includes ONE art experience, art supplies, pizza and soda. You have two art experiences to choose from: 
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Paint with Teresa Brunson - Ages 5 and up with adult. Do you love to paint? No experience necessary - Teresa will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. Take your masterpiece home at the end of the evening. Limit: 60 people (355202.02); or, 

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Create Mosaics with Patrick Kirwin - Ages 6 and up with Adult. Design a mosaic trivet that you can give as a gift, or use in the kitchen. Limit: 20 people (355202.03). FULL NO RESERVATIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

To pay online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity #.

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. 

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: 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.


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 #.

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR FUTURE BAGELS AND BACH CONCERT DATES:

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


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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.

Led by Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, the Friday, March 10 (Activity #355210.02) Chamber Concert will feature the following composers:
• J.  Pachelbel Canon
• F.  Mendelssohn, Op. 12, Canzonetta
• R. Schumann, Traumerei aus 'Kinderscenen'
• And,  J.S. Bach, Double Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, for String Quartet, arr. L. Latham.

SAVE THE DATES FOR FUTURE FRIDAY EVENING CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES CONCERTS:

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#. 

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.


World Day of Puppetry -Saturday, March 25, 2017 

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The National Capital Puppetry Guild of the Puppeteers of America in collaboration with the Office of the Arts will “Celebrate the World Day of Puppetry” on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Doors open at 9:30 a.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA.

The World Day of Puppetry will offer family-oriented puppet performances, hands-on workshops, exhibits and sales tables.  Nine puppetry performances will feature Bob Brown Puppets, Dinorock, Silly Goose and Val, Goodlife Theater, and more!

Other activities include hands-on puppet-making workshops for families (times: 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.), exhibit tables and puppet sales.

All tickets are $5 per person, children 2 years old and under are free. 
 
Purchase tickets online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac - select activity #355211.01

Tickets are also available at the door.

Schedule:

10:00 a.m.          Silly Goose and Val          Multi-purpose Room #1

10:45 a.m.          Puppets and More           Rooms 3 and 4

11:30 a.m.          Bob Brown Puppets        Multi-purpose Room #1

12:15 p.m.          Tom Noll Puppets           Rooms 3 and 4

1:00 p.m.            DinoRock Productions    Multi-purpose Room #1

1:45 p.m.            Puppets and More           Rooms 3 and 4

2:30 p.m.            Goodlife Theater              Multi-purpose Room #1

3:15 p.m.            Tom Noll Puppets            Rooms 3 and 4

4:00 p.m.            Beale Street Puppets      Multi-purpose Room #1

(subject to change without notice)

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: 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.


The Migration Project – Saturday, March 25, 2017


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The Jane Franklin Dance Company in collaboration with the Office of the Arts invite you to attend, The Migration Project, Saturday, March 25, 2017, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Durant Arts Center ,1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA.

The Migration Project will feature Jane Franklin Dance Company members: Emily Crews, Carrie Monger, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, Rebecca Weiss.  Rosemary Feit Covey, Torpedo Factory Art Center and Dawn Whitmore, Resident Artist Arlington Arts Center will feature visual arts pieces for the project. 

The Migration Project explores stories of relocation. Whether it is a family history dating back multiple generations, or a recent relocation, we have in common the ‘pull’ to find better opportunity or the ‘push’ to leave because of no choice. The extraordinary increase in global migration over the past 500 years has left traces in our DNA.

An immersive experience evolves as Jane Franklin Dance and voices from within the community share family histories and interact with locations inside the Durant Arts Center. Contained by the physical boundaries, the performance is viewed from different vantage points. The audience will participate from more than one stationary location.

Rosemary Feit Covey’s art, originally shown as The 0 Project, is a large-scale sculptural piece meant to give voice to the underrepresented and traditionally ignored. Printed on Dupont Tyvek banner media, it is installed at several positions and in conjunction with the performers. 

Dawn Whitmore adds brief video statements containing hand-drawn images inspired by words and phrases provided by the interview participants. One such theme that re-echoes is “the American Dream.”

$15, Children 6 Years and Younger are FREE.

Purchase tickets online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac - select activity #355212.01

Tickets are also available at the door.

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: 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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