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 Nov 15, 2016 at 12:12 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: “Season of Celebrations” featuring Roumana

Friday, December 2, 2016

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

First Friday - Season of Celebration - December 2, 2016

Get into the spirit of the holidays with the delicious music of Roumana.   Delight your ears with this  all-women world music  ensemble featuring qanun, cello, and hand-percussion. The repertoire is grounded in the music of the Middle East, primarily Arabic and Turkish music, but also includes styles such as Balkan, Armenian, Romani, Andalusian, North African and Sephardic music.  Interactive holiday activity will be part of the evening’s festivities.  

Light refreshments.  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

ADVANCE:     Per Person: $5 Resident     $10 Nonresident          AT DOOR:     Per Person: $10 Resident    $15 Nonresident
To pay online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac (search activity code: 255203.02) 

First Friday Series is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.          For more information  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.

 

American Arabesque: A Celebration of Culture

Saturday, December 3, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

Arabesque Image

The exuberant rhythms and vibrant sights of an Arabian bazaar will rock Alexandria during the inaugural American Arabesque: A Celebration of Culture on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria.

Foty Fusion, the Huda Asfour Quartet, and Ramy Adly are among the local Arab American professional musicians performing at the inaugural festival—with a debut performance by the exciting new Arab Jazz Collective!

Gorgeous Arabic calligraphy and henna designs will be available, with poetry readings by Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendy R. Kaplan and Palestinian American Poet Samar Najia.

Delicious Saudi Arabian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Lebanese, and Palestinian cuisine and sweets will be available for purchase from local restaurants and caterers.

Shop for beautiful holiday gifts made by Arab American artists and artisans from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen including exquisite Palestinian embroidery, Moroccan ceramics, Holy Land olive oil and beauty products, and Yemeni Bedouin silver jewelry.

Amr Mounib, Manal Deeb, Rana Al Amine, Mona Bayoumi, and Ahmed AlKharkh are among the Arab American artists exhibiting dazzling photography, paintings, and mixed media original art.  The Embassies of Jordan, Libya, and Oman will showcase their rich culture and heritage and tourism at American Arabesque.

The Embassy of Oman, Upcycle Creative Reuse Center, and Maktabaee are sponsoring educational activities for children, and world percussionist Tom Teasley will host an interactive workshop on traditional drumming.  

Entry fee is $5 per person. Children under 5 years old are free. ADVANCE PURCHASE visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac search activity code: 255207.01 or keyword American Arabesque.  Or, reserve then PAY AT THE DOOR, visit http://tinyurl.com/zcckewf

Interview opportunities are available with musicians, artists, exhibitors, festival organizers, and the Office of the Arts’ staff.

American Arabesque is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.  For more information 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.


Bagels and Bach Concert Series

Bach Image

“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:

December 4, 2016       11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (255205.03)         Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic’s Trombone Trio

February 5,  2017         11 a.m .- 1 p.m.                                Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras

March 5,  2017             11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                The Provazak Youth String Quartet 

April 2, 2017                 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                Members of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestras

May 7, 2017                 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                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, 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.

 



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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