Oswald 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 Oct 16, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Durant Arts Center Programs


 Puppet MakerFEST 2018, Saturday, October 19, 2018


family art night dad and son 2

The National Capital Puppetry Guild in collaboration with The Office of the Arts, will present Puppet MakerFEST 2018, on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Master puppeteers will hold puppet-making workshops and host puppet shows throughout the day.  

Entrance ticket allows you to attend one of the two main puppet shows of “Matt's BIG Crankie Show” by Matt Muirhead, from Baltimore, MD, along with experiencing the Puppet Petting Zoo and other puppetry displays in the lobby.  Bring your creative ideas for a puppet you wish to create. Children 2 years and younger are FREE. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To purchase entrance ticket click here, enter in as Guest.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Three (3) puppet making workshops will also be 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 alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number:  

Workshop 1 - Simply puppet making workshop.  Ages 2- 8.  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Create your own puppet friend to take home. Workshop begins at 11 a.m.  Puppet show will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. (255211.19) 

Workshop 2 – Make a marionette workshop. Ages 8 – 12. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Have you ever wanted to know how to make a marionette? National Capital Puppetry Guild President, Jeff Bragg, will lead you through the creation of your very own marionette from a stuffed toy. (255211.20)  

Workshop 3 – Sock Puppet workshop.  Infant – 2. 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. (255211.21)

The Durant Arts Center is managed by the 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, email  cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5565, Virginia Relay 711.


First Friday: “Dances Around the World”, Friday, November 2, 2018, 6 p.m.


Are you looking for a memorable and inspiring evening with your family?  Plan to attend the First Friday: “Dances Around the World” sponsored by the Office of the Arts on Friday, November 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.  During the evening, you will take a spin around the world through dance and music.  Bring your dancing shoes, and plan to join in the festivities.  Who knows, you might learn a few new dance steps!

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. To purchase entrance ticket click here, enter in as Guest. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Featured Heritage Dance Groups:

Boyle dance - November 3, 2017

• Boyle School of Irish Dance

Ethio Dance - November 3
• Ethio-American Eskista Dance Group

Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe - November 3, 2017
• Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe

Royal Scotts Dancers - November 3, 2017
• Royal Scottish Country Dancers

The “Dances Around the World” 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 call Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director at 703.746.5565, or email, or visit the Office of the Arts website.. 
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email Cheryl Anne Colton or call 703.746.5565, or Virginia Relay 711.

Monthly Puppet Shows at Durant Arts Center – November 17, 2018
Dinorock Puppeteers

The Office of the Arts in collaboration with the National Capital Puppetry Guild, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, are hosting a series of monthly family-friendly puppet shows at the Durant Arts Center. The puppet show series is designed especially for the very youngest of audiences, so toddlers are welcome.  Two shows will be offered 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.   

On November 17, 2018, Dinorock Production puppeteers will explore characteristics that human babies and dinosaur babies share, using award winning music and dynamic puppetry. The shows are presented to children of all ages through original songs and interaction with characters.  Two shows will be offered 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. 

Reservations per show are $5 for all ages (adults and children). Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. To purchase tickets online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number. 
255211.17 Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.
255211.18 Saturday, November 17, 11:15 a.m.

For further information about the National Capital Puppetry Guild, please contact Jeff Bragg at 703.424.5553 or email the National Capital Puppetry Guild. 
The “Puppet Shows” at Durant Arts Center” 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 additional information call Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, or email, or visit the Office of the Arts website.  

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.

Durant Arts Center

1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5560 - durantcenter@alexandriava.gov 


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


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!! $350 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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