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 Durant Arts Center

Durant Rec Center imageDr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center

1605 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Cheryl Anne Colton

 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. The Durant 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.  

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


First Fridays @ Durant Arts Center

Cinco de Mayo Ocho imabeCinco de Mayo quetzales image

"Taste of Cinco de Mayo"  

Friday, May 1, 2015

6 pm - 9:30 pm 

Celebrate Mexican culture through food, music and dance at the Friday, May 1 “Taste of Cinco de Mayo.” Mexican culinary delights start your evening at 6 pm sponsored by local restaurants. Food sponsors to date are South Austin Grill, Los Toltecos and Dos Amigos. The Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, Northern Virginia's premier Mexican folkloric performing company will provide a spectacular 30 minute performance beginning at 6:30 pm.  At 7:30 pm, Ocho de Bastos, a Latin jazz band will culminate the evening’s festivities and get you on your feet with the Latin beat. 
Advanced tickets are $5 per person, $15 per family.  At door tickets are $10 per person, $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by one adult. To register online, visit
The "Taste of Cinco de Mayo" will be held at the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA) and is part of the "First Fridays" Series. The Series is a project of 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, or visit

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344
Email: Information

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler