Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is the keystone of the public arts community in Ocean Springs, and is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building. The Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. The beautiful lobby area houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile murals painted by James McConnell Anderson and fired by Peter Anderson and now lovingly restored and protected. Inside the Cultural Center there are 11 art rooms, each filled with beautiful artwork for visitors to view.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!
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  • Dec 4, 2016

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of Holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge, by award-winning 40 year theater veteran Scott H Severance, this new adaptation of Dickens’ ever popular classic fills the stage with first class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities on the Gulf Coast this year.
The North County Center for the Arts (located in Lincoln, NH), proudly presents the 2015 National Touring Production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. NCCA has been providing award-winning theater, music and comedy to the White Mountains region of New Hampshire for nearly 30 years. This glorious production most definitely fulfills the goal in NCCA’s mission statement: “Celebrating and Inspiring Humanity Through Artistic Excellence.”
Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with this brand new, original production filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment. A Christmas Carol is delightful and thoroughly entertaining, it is the perfect family holiday event. Filled with beloved music of the season, superb staging, and tremendous artistry!

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  • Dec 8, 2016

Chef Louie just wrapped up another filming in California with the Food Network and we are so excited to have him share his expertise with us here on the coast! Learn how to cook these great dishes with Louie and Ginger while still getting to eat and drink! Plus, Louie’s personality is contagious! You won’t want to miss this, unique dinner experience…tickets are limited! $50.00 per person.

Chef Louie Finnan, serves up traditional Creole New Orleans fare. He began his culinary career more than 40 years ago. His former restaurant, Louie & the Redhead Lady was featured on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins & Dives in 2011.

Chef Louie’s talents have also reached audiences beyond Louisiana to the World Culinary Stage at EAT! He also traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida representing Louisiana at Epcot’s “Food & Wine” Festival. Ginger, Louie’s wife of 31 years is the redhead lady.

Proceeds to benefit the Magnolia Business Alliance grant program and the Mary C!

The Menu:
Eggplant Fingers
Chicken Gumbo
Chopped Salad with a Homemade Vinaigrette
Prime Rib with Mashed Cauliflower and Baby Lima Beans
Bread Pudding

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  • Dec 9, 2016

Most of us have fallen in love with the classic Holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Join Chef Cheri and enjoy a scrumptious holiday feast ala A Christmas Story that will warm your heart and please your palate. Your dinner begins with crunchy, creamy Crab Rangoons. The main course is Seared Duck Breast with Plum Sauce Glaze with Chop Suey and Garlic Soy Green Beans. For dessert, Steamed Sponge Cake with Fresh Fruit. This is a demonstration cooking class.

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  • Dec 13, 2016

The Coast Big Band Holiday Show – White Christmas featuring vocalist Karen Abernathy, Danette Pilon, Jonathan Brannon, David Delk and special guests! In the tradition of great big bands, The Coast Big Band consists of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums with vocalists.

The Coast Big Band is a Mississippi Gulf Coast 20 plus piece big band orchestra whose music is a strong mix of big band dance music, pop tunes, soulful and hot vocals, Latin tunes, and jazz standards.

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  • Dec 17, 2016

Join the Mary C for a day of last minute shopping. Find that special something for that hard to buy for friend in your life. Bring the kids for a day of puppets, plays and music.

At 1pm the Ocean Springs Library will host Santa Gator Puppet Show which is a free event  and at 2pm enjoy Lynn Meadows WINGS Performing Arts for the classic children’s tale of The Elves and Shoemaker followed by Christmas Caroling by MGCCC Choir.

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  • Dec 17, 2016

As Turtle prepares for the Christmas visit of the Legendary Santa Gator, his friend Raccoon questions Santa Gator’s existence. Is Santa Gator real? Will he really visit the bayou on Christmas eve? Join us for this southern tale set on the Pascagoula River.

  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

  • Dec 17, 2016

Join Lynn Meadows WINGS Performing Arts for the classic children’s tale of The Elves and Shoemaker.  This beautiful story is told with traditional holiday music and celebrates the spirit of giving as the magical elves assist the generous shoemaker and his wife.

Followed by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College singing Christmas Carols.

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  • Dec 23, 2016

Santa is coming and the kids will want to leave out a batch of cookies for him, so why not make them special. Stop by any time from 10a.m. until we are sold out to decorate a dozen sugar cookies the way you want them.

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  • Jan 7, 2017

When a  young girl from New Orleans contracts leprosy she is hidden way from the world and becomes one of the Secret People of Carville, Louisiana . A Southern Gothic Tale, a journey of courage and hope told with original and traditional American Roots Music.

US Marine Hospital 66 was an isolated microcosm of the world where patients with leprosy, Hansen’s Disease were treated. These patients in spite of everything they endured and  because of the dedication of the Daughters of Charity and medical pioneers gave a miracle to the world, the cure for leprosy. The script features composite characters based various patients and Daughters of Charity as well as real people, Dr. Guy Henry Faget and Stanley Stein.

The play was selected by the Orphange, a new play development lab through CoLAB Arts and has had readings in New Brunswick , New Jersey and at Theatre 167 in New York City.

Bend in the River – Louisiana’s Secret People was performed  at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival to enthusiastic audiences who were touched by the poignant story and the powerful message of sacrifice and faith.

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  • Jan 20, 2017

Ric Sawyer, tenor embraces the depth of a winter’s journey through Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. Completed in 1828, the year of Schubert’s untimely death, this transcendent song cycle of 24 German poems by Wilhelm Müller paints the emotional picture of “a romantic hero set against fate itself”. Tenor Ric Sawyer invites you to come along on this musical journey.

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  • Feb 4, 2017

For five centuries, the Vienna Boys Choir has entertained millions with their exceptionally beautiful singing. With a repertoire that includes favorite classical pieces, popular and contemporary songs, as well as lively International and Austrian folk tunes, they combine both the pure, angelic voices of youth with the power and polish of seasoned professionals.

An evening with the Vienna Boys Choir is an opportunity to witness a living tradition that stretches back half-a-millennia–as well as an entertaining concert experience of the highest caliber for discerning listeners of all ages.

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  • Feb 11, 2017

Known for her romantic and poetic style, Katya Grineva has engaged and entertained audiences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. She is the only female solo pianist to have performed in the distinguished Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern auditorium a record 15 times. The New York Times describes her playing as “liquid…dreamlike.”

Born in Moscow, Ms. Grineva began studying piano at the age of five. She attended the Moscow Music School and studied with prominent Professor Pavel Messnar under the aegis of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory. It was during her tutelage by Messner that she began giving recitals and experiencing the “special and spontaneous” interaction between that artist and the audience that is the hallmark of her music.

It was during her tutelage by Messner that she began giving recitals and experiencing the "special and spontaneous" interaction between that artist and the audience that is the hallmark of her music.

Through her music, Grineva says, "I want to be remembered for being able to touch people's lives- with a full heart."

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  • Mar 25, 2017

Vocal chamber music featuring soprano Kate Fleming Sawyer with string ensemble. Singing the works of Haydn, Mozart, Dominick Argento, and more! Come hear lively and romantic songs and arias about nature, love, and spring.

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  • May 4, 2017

Featuring vocalists and instrumentalists age 19 and under from the Mississippi Gulf Coast area and beyond. Performers are auditioned and hand picked on classical repertoire to bring you an evening of exceptional young talent!

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  • Oct 7, 2017

Tentative 2017 Dates

Fall Dance Festival celebrates the visions and accomplishments of southern modern dance choreographers. Each professional choreographer selected for the festival will teach a master class and present excerpts of their work at the Formal Choreography Showcase. An Informal Choreography Showcase will also be held to provide emerging southern modern dance choreographers the opportunity to share their work-in-progress dance pieces with the local dance community and audiences. The vision of the festival is to promote the growth of a professional Gulf Coast dance scene and to build the awareness of dance as an art form for local audiences.

Offering professional level master classes and two choreographic showcases: Known Mass (New Orleans, LA), Tsunami Dance Company (New Orleans, LA), KM Dance Project (New Orleans, LA) and Summer Baldwin & Co. (Ocean Springs, MS).