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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  • 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.

With origins that trace back to 1498 (as court singers), the choir today is a very modern and forward-facing enterprise. 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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  • Dec 11, 2016

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.

You’ll hear classics made famous by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Harry James and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey.  The band now has added more contemporary songs from the 60’s to the 90’s.

In the tradition of great big bands, The Coast Big Band consists of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums with vocalists.

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  • Oct 15, 2016

Pianist Avguste Antonov is Artist in Residence at The Master’s Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC. in Grapevine (Texas) and leads an active solo career.

Mr. Antonov is a dedicated performer of 20th and 21st century American living composers, and has performed World and USA premieres at venues across North America. Over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others. In 2012, Avguste Antonov was a music reviewer and guest performer for the Society of Composers, Inc Region 6 Convention.

Avguste Antonov has presented recitals in Bordeaux(France), Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and has been featured as soloist with many ensembles including the San Jose State University Wind Symphony, the San Jose Wind Symphony, the University City Symphony, the Alton Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Camerata.

Previous seasons highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio and the world premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO).

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  • Nov 10, 2016

Featuring Richard Shropshire and The FHG Jazz Trio with guest vocalists.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oct 27, 2016

Author of the Natural World of Winnie the Pooh, Kathryn Aalto, will lead a presentation and have a book signing.

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  • Oct 29, 2016

Enjoy ands on activities and family fun. There will be refreshments, stories, arts and crafts and more. Ages 3-12 and their families will appreciate this event.

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  • Oct 21, 2016

Dance to the music of Blackwater Brass. Enjoy wine, beer and craft cocktails from the cash bar. Dine on the fabulous cuisine from Bayview Gourmet.

Silent auction featuring ceramics from the best potters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including select items from Becky Feder’s private collection.

Cocktail Attire.

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  • Oct 1, 2016

Fall Dance Festival 2016 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).

Master Classes - (Classes are for pre-professional/professional dancers that are age 16 and up.)
Yoga & Meditation for Dancers with Summer Baldwin - 9–10am
Contemporary Modern with Jeffrey Gunshol - 10:15–11:30am
KM Dance Project Repertory Class with Kesha McKey - 11:45am–1pm
Contact Improv All Levels with Ann Glaviano - 1:15–2:30pm

Informal Choreography Showcase - 3:30pm - Free
Formal Choreography Showcase - 6:30pm - Price: $12