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

  • Jan 19, 2017

January Frugal Meals for the Post Holiday Budget 

Join Chef Cheri and learn how to make an inexpensive dish that taste like a million.

Menu:

Pasta Carbonara
Chess Pie

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

  • Jan 20, 2017

January Frugal Meals for the Post Holiday Budget

Join the Mary C and learn to make a great meal on a budget.

Menu:

Cheesy Potato and Broccoli Soup
Gooey Butter Cake

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

  • Jan 21, 2017

Explore the joy of movement through dance games, improvisations, music and art!

Instructor: Summer Baldwin

Ages: 5-7

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

  • Jan 21, 2017

Begin the journey of exploring all the unique ways your body can move and then apply this new information to creating your own choreography!

Instructor: Britney Kuehn
Ages: 8-13

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

  • Jan 21, 2017

Explore and create new movement vocabulary through self-reflection, movement meditations and Laban Movement Analysis inspired improvisations!

Instructor: Summer Baldwin
Ages: 14 +

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

  • Jan 21, 2017

Participate in the sharing of dance either through performing your own work or coming to witness work-in-progress pieces by local dance artists. (Contact Summer Baldwin @ summerbaldwin84@gmail.com if you are interested in sharing your work).

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

  • Jan 25, 2017

Writers are artists and must practice their craft just as painters must hone their skills with illustrating light and shadows.

A “Writer’s Notebook” is a great tool for writers to sharpen their writing skills and play with words.  This workshop is for writers of all levels, newbies, and long-time writers, but will be particularly helpful to anyone battling writer’s block.  Together we will discover the use of a “Writer’s Notebook” to develop wordsmith skills.

A selection of writing exercises, prompts, and techniques will be explored as a way to stimulate our imaginations and see the world of writing in new ways.

  • For writers of all levels
  • Discover the joy of creative journaling
  • Practice wordsmith skills
  • Fun writing prompts
  • Rekindle your love for words

*Writers: Please BRING a blank notebook of at least 80 pages, and a pencil/pen. (Nothing fancy is necessary!)

Instructor: Kristina Mullenix

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

  • Jan 26, 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”. www.franzpeterschubert.com Tenor Ric Sawyer invites you to come along on this musical journey.

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

  • Jan 26, 2017

January Frugal Meals for the Post Holiday Budget

Chef Cheri Hiers

Menu:

Baked Tomato Tuna Melts
Roasted Potatoes
Chocolate Cinnamon Rice Pudding

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

  • Jan 27, 2017

January Frugal Meals for the Post Holiday Budget

Chef Cheri Hiers

Menu:

Taco Soup with Tortilla Noodles
Cornmeal Cake 

 

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

  • Jan 27, 2017

Enjoy a fun evening making pizzas just the way you want them.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

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

  • Jan 31, 2017

Join us at the Mary C for Two Gentlemen from Verona. Schools welcomed.

  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education, Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre

  • 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.

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

  • 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."

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

  • Feb 14, 2017

Join the Mary C for the third beer pairing event. Come and enjoy exquisite food and taste some of the best beer on the Coast. Chef Cheri is creating a memorable event that will make for a great Valentines.

The Mary C would like to give a special thanks to Mitchell Distributing for sponsoring this fabulous event.

Menu

1st course 

Shrimp Creole over Delta Blues Brown Rice

2nd course 

Potato Roses with Roasted Garlic Aoli

3rd course 

Beer Braised Beef and Mushrooms 

4th course 

Stout Hot Chocolate and Fresh Carmel Marshmallows  (Table top terra-cotta grills for roasting marshmallows)

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

  • Feb 15, 2017

Join the Mary C for a talk and discussion with John T. Edge about the future of Southern food, focused on the Gulf Coast, especially on Vietnamese foodways. The short film will be, Viet-Cajun.

John T. Edge has served as director since the 1999 founding of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation, he is author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, which Penguin will publish in May of 2017. He holds an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and an M.F.A. in Creative Non Fiction from Goucher College. A columnist for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun, Edge wrote the “United Tastes” column for the New York Times for three years.

“John Edges’ appearance at the Mary C is a part of the 40th Anniversary of the creation of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC).The event at the Mary C is to bring exposure to the mission of the CSSC generally and the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) specifically.

FSA is all about the historical expression of food known as “Southern.” Becky’s Kitchen at the Culinary Arts Café in the Mary C is about the Miss Gulf Coast’s place within the pantheon of Southern Food, including the role of immigrant Foodways within that,” Ron Feder, R&B Feder Foundation Chef Cheri will prepare food that reflects the cuisine discussed in the lecture.

This is a free event and seating is limited RSVP to info@themaryc.org

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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).