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

 Joe Pipik Backpack Puppets

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.  

Joe Pipik’s Backpack Puppets will entertain children of all ages on Saturday, September 23.  Backpack Puppets have delighted audiences from New York to Honolulu. In a career spanning more than three decades, Joe has created and performed around the mid-Atlantic region with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and nationwide with Dinorock. Joe is an award winning theatre artist.  Actor, puppeteer, juggler, songwriter, musician, and education consultant, he is a master artist with Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Institute.  

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: 

255211.05       Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m.

255211.06       Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m.

Reservations for the November puppet shows are now available:

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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Friday, October 13, 2017 (7:30-9 p.m.)

Friday, November 10, 2017 (7:30-9 p.m.)

Friday, December 15, 2017 (7:30-9 p.m.)

In Partnership with the Office of the Arts and the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia will present 5 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.  Children 5 years and younger are FREE.  All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  Purchase ONLINE tickets here - $15 per person advance and at the door, for residents/nonresidents.


Puppet MakerFest

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 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 Office of the Arts and the National Capital Puppetry Guild. Master puppeteers will hold puppet-making workshops and host two puppet shows throughout the day.   Children 2 years and younger are FREE. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  Purchase ONLINE tickets here - $5 per person advance and at the door.  

 

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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