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.

Open 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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until May 30, 2017

Learn the principles of oil painting in an experimental and fun way. For those who wish to explore their creativity while painting, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate. All levels are welcome. Students will learn to harness components of painting such as the fundamentals of color mixing, composition, paint application, brush work, creating the illusion of light and depth, and creating texture, etc. During the six sessions each student whill develop their personal styles, and complete a beautiful painting. Each student can work from photos and other references such as magazine pictures or images from books. Allow Monique to provide you with valuable feedback and guidance in a structured but relaxed environment. Soon enough, you’ll master the art of oils and expertly depict and creatively interpret what you observe. Materials not included, however beginner oil painting kits are available for purchase.

Instructor: Monique Moniot Greathouse

Dates:

April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Registration Deadline: April 18th

Fee does not include materials. Please call for supply list.

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

  • May 25, 2017

The Mary C will present an exhibition by Finnish artist, Osmo Visuri, A Cool Day in Summer, May 25 – August 26, 2017.  This is  the year of the Centennial of Finnish independence – and the exhibition will provide information about Finland as well.

Mr. Visuri (1927 – 2013) was a painter, photographer, film maker, author, university professor and world traveler. He travelled extensively in the Middle East and published several books on Israel when the state was being established after WWII. He was one of the pioneers of TV in Finland and the use of TV in teaching, especially in the developing countries. He served as Head of Documentary Programs for Finnish National Television and as the Head of the Department of Television and Film at the University of Helsinki until his retirement, after which he continued teaching in his own water colour academy in Italy. He was recipient of the Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, and of the distinguished Kalevala cultural medal. Visuri’s son, Niko and his family are coming from Finland to be at the opening reception, May 25, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, and will bring other artwork to be included in the show. Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor from the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC will also attend the opening, and Mayor Connie Moran will present the welcome.

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

  • May 25, 2017

Menu:

  • Bloody Mary Tomato Salad with Pickled Shrimp
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake

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

  • May 26, 2017

The melding of summer vegtables create a rich, healthy lunch that you will make again and again of course a slice of sinfully delicious Coke Cola Cake blows the diet.

Menu:

  • Bacon and Summer Vegetable Pie
  • Coke Cola Cake

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

  • May 27, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, Director

Dr. Jonathan Mitchell, Accompanist

Program

  •  We Salute our Military, our Veterans, and the Fallen
  •  The Armed Forces-The Pride of America!              Arr. by Greg Gilpin
  • Recognition of our Military and Veterans
  • Stand as your branch of service is recognized.
  •  Presentation of the Colors
  •  Pledge to the Flag
  •  Star Spangled Banner
  •  The Ceremony of the Laying of the Wreath
  •  The Mansions of the Lord                                                       Nick Glennie Smith
  •  The Battle Hymn of the Republic                                  Arranged by Kamp Kirkland
  •  We Praise our God
  •  Ave Maria                                                                                 Giancarlo Aquilanti
  •  Beautiful Savior                                                             Arranged by Marty Parks
  • Tom Fettke and Johann Sebastian Bach
  •  Amazing Grace                                        Adapted and Arranged by John Coates Jr.
  • Early American Melody     Text by John Newton
  •  In the Garden                                                                  Arranged by Lloyd Larson
  • Tune: Garden by C. Austin Miles (1868-1946)
  •  Soon and Very Soon                                              Choral Setting by Jack Schrader
  • Words and Music by Andre Crouch
  •  The Name of Jesus                                                                           Craig Courtney
  • Edward Perronet, John Newton (1779)
  •  Little Innocent Lamb                                                                       Negro Spiritaul
  • Collected and arranged by Matthew Bartholomew
  •  You’ll Never Walk Alone                                                Arranged by Johnny Mann
  • Words by Oscar Hammerstein     Music by Richard Rodgers
  • Grand Finale by the Chorale and Audience
  • God Bless the USA * America the Beautiful

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

  • Jun 3, 2017

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center will host a political rally for all Ocean Springs municipal candidates on June 3 — three days ahead of the June 6 general election.

“We are hoping candidates will bring supporters and bring new ones by expressing positive platforms for Ocean Springs,” said Vicki Applewhite, a member of the Mary C. O’Keefe board of directors and co-chairman of the event.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the “Mary C.” Fish plates, donated by WastePro, will be sold for $10, along with beer and cold drinks. There will be live music and candidates will also be given the opportunity to reserve booth space where they can visit with voters and pass out campaign materials.

Candidates with booths will be encouraged to have donation jars for the Mary C. and the candidate raising the most money will be declared the “winner” and receive a trophy.

“It should be a lot of fun and a great afternoon to learn more about the candidates, while raising money for our beloved Mary C.,” Applewhite said.

The event, billed as an “Old-Fashioned Political Rally & Fish Fry” will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Mary C. During the event, candidates will each be given five minutes to “stump” for votes.

Candidates have been asked to RSVP for the event by May 4.

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

The chefs of tomorrow will spend their “staycation” learning about different cultures and creating tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.  Each day will focus on delicious and unfamiliar foods from far away lands.  In addition, the chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), table setting and service, and dining etiquette. 

Instructor: Robin Pate

Ages: 6-12

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

Want to sew on a button or make gifts for your family and friends? Basic sewing will help you learn the basic hand sewing stitches and how to use a sewing machine for a variety of projects. Students will complete 6 – 8 projects during the week. Material included in the fee.

Instructor: Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

Gear up for  fun filled games and activities about the Native Americans that lived in Mississippi. We will learn about where they lived, their languages, their cultures, their clothing, their farming, gathering, and hunting, and the foods they ate.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

Ages: 7-12

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

This class is a collaboration with the Theatre camp. In this “behind-the-scenes” class, students will help create the props and paint parts of the set for the Theatre Camp’s production of An adapted Harry Potter play. At the end of the week, the kids will get to see their work grace the stage of the Mary C theatre! This class is a great chance for kids to be creative, brainstorm ideas, and learn to use resources on hand to create some prop magic.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 9-15

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017

There’s a new cooking class coming to the Mary C., but it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a from scratch class that will teach you new skills and recipes. When you walk in, the ovens are turned on, grab a knife and help prep, make the stock, learn how to make the perfect roux, and by the end of the class, sit down and enjoy a three-course meal that you helped create.

Also look for guest chef speakers, field trips to local farms, and talks by experts on subjects as varied as how to start a compost pile, to the nuances of a fine single barrel scotch.

Sound’s good, but you can’t make the 5:30 p.m. start time? We understand not everyone wants to get their hands dirty, so if you just want an overview, and a great meal, show up at 6:30 p.m. You’ll still have a great time, and come away with a few new ideas.

Prices for each class vary according to the menu. If we’re using Dale Steven’s heritage breed, free range pork, it’s going to cost you a little more, if we take you back in time and make shrimp boat spaghetti (an old Biloxi favorite), you won’t blink an eye at the price.

Classes sponsored by Deep South Culinary Adventures with local food writer and photographer Julian Brunt,and foodies Kimberly Wilson and Lesley Fenton. Be prepared to have a good time.

If you would like to include the Wines Pairing by Jonathan Maisano the additional fee is $10.00

Menus

June 8th
Cucumber Salad and Homemade Red Wine Vignette
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Spicy Hollandaise Sauce
Classic Creme Brulee

June 15th
BLT salad made with Benton’s Bacon (the best bacon in the world) and homemade ranch dressing
Mahi mahi En papillote (Mahi mahi roasted in parchment with julienne onions, bell peppers and fingerling potatoes)
Classic 1960s Watergate salad (pineapple, pistachio pudding, marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream)

June 22nd
Classic Italian tomato, basil and mozzarella bruschetta
Fresh made tomato sauce paired (contrasted) with a long cooked ragu, lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano and pasta finished in the sauce
Seasonal (probably blueberry) cobbler

June 29th
Kick ass deviled eggs
Sous vide fried chicken (the tenderest you have ever had) with pan gravy and sweet potato biscuits
Hummingbird cup cakes (pecans, banana, pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg)

Guest Chef: Julian Brunt with Kim Wilson or Leslie Fenton

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

The focus of the camps will be on 2D art forms that are exampled by Masters who are recognized in present times through their works that were accomplished in historic eras.  The student artists will work in studio each day to complete a work that is influenced by the Master Artist of the Day.  Mediums will include colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, markers, crayon, and papers. 

Each day, campers will complete at least one work and will have opportunity to work on a second piece.  

Instructor: Anita Weems

Ages: 8-15

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

The chefs of tomorrow will spend their “staycation” learning about different cultures and creating tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.  Each day will focus on delicious and unfamiliar foods from far away lands.  In addition, the chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), table setting and service, and dining etiquette. 

Instructor: Robin Pate

Ages: 6-12

Registration Deadline: June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

The chefs of tomorrow will spend their “staycation” learning about different cultures and creating tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.  Each day will focus on delicious and unfamiliar foods from far away lands.  In addition, the chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), table setting and service, and dining etiquette. 

Instructor: Robin Pate

Ages: 6-12

Registration Deadline: June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Anything goes in this fun filled class! Includes some favorite student projects and activities, including drafting designs for their own inventions, mock advertisements, integrating art and poetry, illustrating words, and playing art – based games in which the students collaborate in groups / teams.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 5-10

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Children will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-10

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Want to sew on a button or make gifts for your family and friends? Basic sewing will help you learn the basic hand sewing stitches and how to use a sewing machine for a variety of projects. Students will complete 6 – 8 projects during the week. Material included in the fee.

Instructor: Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: June 5th

MENUS

Monday, June 12th

  • Spinach Pasta
  • Pesto
  • Cauliflower Alfredo
  • Watermelon Cake with Fresh Whip Cream

Tuesday, June 13th

  • Teriyaki Turkey Meatball and Pineapple Kabobs
  • Vegetable Stir-fry
  • Baked Pears

Wednesday, June 14th

  • Frittatas, Potato Cakes
  • French Toast
  • Fresh Fruit Syrup

Thursday, June 15th

  • TBA

Friday, June 16th

  • Hagrid’s Cottage Pie
  • Professor Sprout’s Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauldron Cakes

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

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Join us as we take the wonderful characters from the world of Harry Potter and use our imaginations to put them into new situations in our very own play! In this week-long workshop, we will develop skills in acting, storytelling and playwrighting culminating in an original performance on the final day.  Through improv and creative brainstorming we’ll create and perform in a brand new magical adventure with all our friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 7-13

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

The chefs of tomorrow will spend their “staycation” learning about different cultures and creating tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.  Each day will focus on delicious and unfamiliar foods from far away lands.  In addition, the chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), table setting and service, and dining etiquette. 

Instructor: Robin Pate

Ages: 6-12

Registration Deadline: June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

Want to sew on a button or make gifts for your family and friends? Basic sewing will help you learn the basic hand sewing stitches and how to use a sewing machine for a variety of projects. Students will complete 6 – 8 projects during the week. Material included in the fee.

Instructor: Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

This Summer Session is sure to keep your kid’s entertained and educated! The first portion of the camp will involve learning basic Clay Handbuilding. Monday-Wednesday, the children will be introduced to clay and will complete one project.  The second part of the week will be spent learning about paint and composition and will also include music breaks! The children will go outside for a short music break to encourage further self expression and unity. We will sing songs along with Kelsey Wishik’s guitar playing, play percussive instruments, taking turns to express ourselves and then singing all together. 

By the end of the week, participants will be able to take home some original paintings, musical skills, and journaling techniques!

**Materials will be provided except for a journal. Children are encouraged to bring their own notebook and writing utensil.

**Note: Because the ceramic project will have to be glazed and fired, the finished pieces will need to be picked up the following week of summer camp.  

Instructor: : Kelsey Wishik

Ages: 7-16

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

Students will learn the fundamentals and basics of drawing in this educational class. Learn contour drawing,  shading, and techniques to draw different textures and surfaces in this class designed for beginners.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 11-15

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

If you participated in a Basic Sewing class, this class is designed to hone your skills as well as teach you a few new techniques. Selecting a pattern, choosing material, cutting, sewing and finishing a project. Students will complete approximately 4 projects during the week. Materials included in supply fee.

Instructor: : Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: June 12th

MENUS

Monday, June 19th

  • Oven Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Chef’s Salad
  • Fresh Ranch, Herbed Vinaigrette
  • Carrot Halwa

Tuesday, June 20th

  • Turkey Burgers with Fresh Buns
  • Vegetable Chips
  • Meringue Cookies

Wednesday, June 21st

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Herbed Cheese Biscuits
  • Ultimate Mini Cheesecakes

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Green Onion Sausage
  • Omelets
  • Pancake Muffins with Fresh Fruit Syrup

Friday, June 23rd

  • Ravioli with Fresh Ricotta
  • Meatballs and Red Sauce
  • Cheese Danish

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

In this class, children will learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements, and create works inspired by their art. Educational and fun, this class was a big hit last year, and we’re excited to offer it, again!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-10

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

In this class, children will learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements, and create works inspired by their art. Educational and fun, this class was a big hit last year, and we’re excited to offer it, again!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-10

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

In this week-long workshop, younger students will learn songs and dances from Broadway’s biggest shows culminating in a revue show on the final day. Perfect for beginners and experienced performers alike, students will develop skills in character development and basic vocal and dance technique.  An all-singing, all-dancing week of musical theatre magic!

Instructor: Cliff Thompson, Lauren Simpson, Morgan Taylor

Ages: 6-10

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

The focus of the camps will be on 2D art forms that are exampled by Masters who are recognized in present times through their works that were accomplished in historic eras.  The student artists will work in studio each day to complete a work that is influenced by the Master Artist of the Day.  Mediums will include colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, markers, crayon, and papers.

Each day, campers will complete at least one work and will have opportunity to work on a second piece.  

Instructor: Anita Weems

Ages: 8-15

Registration Deadline:  June 12th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

If you know the basics of sewing, and taken intermediate sewing, then this is the next step to becoming a pro.

Instructor: : Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

Learn the basics of drawing and painting from life in this class that focuses on the fundamentals. Perfect for beginning artists.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-10

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

A very interactive, hands-on summer camp for children. Children will work side by side with a professional chef and learn the science of food. Each day we will do a different science experiment and link that experiment to the menu we are preparing for the day. There will be a take home from each class to re-emphasize the lesson for the day at home. The importance of safety and healthy food practices will also be taught.

Instructor: Chef Danie, Culinary Arts Instructor at Gulfport High and restaurant owner

Ages: 6 – 10 (Younger ages will be considered)

Registration Deadline: June 19th

Clean up will be taught at the end of every class to ensure proper sanitary techniques are employed. Hand washing as well as a safe and sanitary way to clean the kitchen

CLASS ONE – Monday - The Science of Making a Simple Dough.

 

  • Yeast and how it works
  • Children will learn the art of making pizza dough and a rustic sauce as well as simple knife skills to cut up toppings for pizzas.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experimentwith yeast
  • MENU – Mini pizzas with various toppings and breadsticks.
  • TAKE HOME – Pizza dough and sauce for another pizza!

 

CLASS TWO – Tuesday - Egg-cell-lent Eggs

  • Children will learn the importance of eggs in a balanced diet as a great source of protein.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experiment with eggs.
  • MENU – Easy omelets. Deviled eggs and easy scrambled eggs and fresh fruit salad.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh farm eggs and Milk.

CLASS THREE – Wednesday - Simple Fresh Market Soup

  • Children will learn the importance of eating whole fresh foods.
  • They would learn how to make good food choices in any situation. They would also learn how to make a simple soup out of fresh veggies from the market.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science of processed food Soda experiment.
  • MENU – Fresh Market Soup
  • TAKE HOME – A container of fresh soup.

CLASS FOUR –Thursday - Tasting without Smell

  • Children will learn the importance of the sense of smell on the flavor of food and how to cook with aromatics.
  • EXPERIMENT- Taste test without smell.
  • MENU – Fresh lemon curd – Stuffed mini potatoes w/ herbed chicken.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh lemon curd.

CLASS FIVE – Friday - Making Pasta

  • Children will learn the age old method of making fresh pasta and the easiest marinara sauce as well as the importance of picking fresh ingredients and eating correctly.
  • EXPERIMENT – How to tell if eggs are good or bad.
  • MENU– Fresh fettuccine pasta and an easy marinara sauce.
  • TAKE HOME– Fresh Pasta

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 27, 2017

Make a Magical Hand Puppet Mini Camp

This is a 2 day camp, that will work heavily with our imaginations. On the 1st day of camp, we will trace, cut, & decorate our puppets from the wildest depths of our magical minds! On the 2nd day of camp, we will finish any decorating that needs to be done, and create names, and make a name certificate for our puppets. Each child will be able to make their own puppet, following pre-cut patterns. While this is a camp that has been created to explore the depths of your child’s imagination, this can also be a learning tool for them to trace, as well as cut with (safety) scissors. This is a great way to see the opportunities your child’s imagination can work. Towards the end of class on the 2nd day, we will have a show & tell, where your child will have a chance to talk about their mysterious creature. Parents will be welcome to the show & tell!

Instructor: Summer Bat

Age: 4-5

Registration Deadline: June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

One of our most popular summer camps! Throughout the week students will learn the proportions of the face, and how to shade and render features. Students will create two self portraits, one in graphite, and one painting.  A great class for a beginner artist!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 9-13

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

If you participated in a Basic Sewing class, this class is designed to hone your skills as well as teach you a few new techniques. Selecting a pattern, choosing material, cutting, sewing and finishing a project.. Students will complete approximately 4 projects during the week. Materials included in supply fee.

Instructor: : Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: June 19th

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

A slightly more advanced version of art journaling – Teens will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 13-17

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

Gear up for  fun filled games and activities about the Native Americans that lived in Mississippi. We will learn about where they lived, their languages, their cultures, their clothing, their farming, gathering, and hunting, and the foods they ate.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

Ages: 7-12

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

Kids will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 5-10

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: July 3rd

MENUS

Monday, July 10th

  • Pork Chops
  • Sautéed Apples
  • Grilled Corn
  • Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, July 11th

  • Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Vanilla Pudding

Wednesday, July 12th

  • Chili, Cornbread
  • Strawberry-Basil Crepes

Thursday, July 13th

  • Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Tortillas
  • Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Friday, July 14th

  • Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Chocolate Pudding

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

In this week-long workshop, students will learn songs and dances from Broadway’s biggest shows culminating in a revue show on the final day. Perfect for beginners and experienced performers alike, students will develop skills in character development and basic vocal and dance technique.  An all-singing, all-dancing week of musical theatre magic!

Instructor: Cliff Thompson, Lauren Simpson, Morgan Taylor

Ages: 11-17

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

A very interactive, hands-on summer camp for children. Children will work side by side with a professional chef and learn the science of food. Each day we will do a different science experiment and link that experiment to the menu we are preparing for the day. There will be a take home from each class to re-emphasize the lesson for the day at home. The importance of safety and healthy food practices will also be taught.

CLASS ONE – Monday

  • The Science of Making a Simple Dough.
  • Yeast and how it works.
  • Children will learn the art of making pizza dough and a rustic sauce as well as simple knife skills to cut up toppings for pizzas.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experimentwith yeast
  • MENU – Mini pizzas with various toppings and breadsticks.
  • TAKE HOME – Pizza dough and sauce for another pizza!

CLASS TWO – Tuesday

  • Egg-cell-lent Eggs
  • Children will learn the importance of eggs in a balanced diet as a great source of protein.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experiment with eggs.
  • MENU – Easy omelets. Deviled eggs and easy scrambled eggs and fresh fruit salad.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh farm eggs and Milk.

CLASS THREE – Wednesday

  • Simple Fresh Market Soup
  • Children will learn the importance of eating whole fresh foods. They would learn how to make good food choices in any situation. They would also learn how to make a simple soup out
  • of fresh veggies from the market.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science of processed food Soda experiment.
  • MENU – Fresh Market Soup
  • TAKE HOME – A container of fresh soup.

CLASS FOUR –Thursday

  • Tasting without Smell
  • Children will learn the importance of the sense of smell on the flavor of food and how to cook with aromatics.
  • EXPERIMENT- Taste test without smell.
  • MENU – Fresh lemon curd – Stuffed mini potatoes w/ herbed chicken.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh lemon curd.

CLASS FIVE – Friday

  • Making Pasta
  • Children will learn the age old method of making fresh pasta and the easiest marinara sauce as well as the importance of picking fresh ingredients and eating correctly.
  • EXPERIMENT – How to tell if eggs are good or bad.
  • MENU– Fresh fettuccine pasta and an easy marinara sauce.
  • TAKE HOME– Fresh Pasta

Instructor: Chef Danie, Culinary Arts Instructor at Gulfport High and restaurant owner

Ages: 11 – 14

Registration Deadline: July 3rd

Clean up will be taught at the end of every class to ensure proper sanitary techniques are employed. Hand washing as well as a safe and sanitary way to clean the kitchen.

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

Older students will enjoy this week-long intensive workshop that culminates in performances of the ground-breaking Moises Kaufman play, The Laramie Project. Led by a team of professional stage and film actors trained in a variety of methodologies (including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Chekov and Margolis) this workshop is for the conscientious young actor interested in the theatre’s power to enact cultural change.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson, Sean Maurer, Ryan Reinike, James M. Taylor

Ages: 14-18

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 7 – 11 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Days/Dates: Monday-Friday, July 17th-21st

Registration Deadline: July 10th

MENUS

Monday, July 17th

  • Pork Chops
  • Sautéed Apples
  • Grilled Corn
  • Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, July 18th

  • Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Vanilla Pudding

Wednesday, July 19th

  • Chili
  • Cornbread
  • Strawberry-Basil Crepes

Thursday, July 20th

  • Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Tortillas
  • Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Friday, July 21st

  • Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Chocolate Pudding

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

A collaboration with the Theatre Camp, students will learn to work together to develop concepts and design art for the Theatre Camp’s production of The Laramie Project. At the end of the week, students will get to see their ideas come to life on stage during the Theatre Camp’s performance. This class is perfect for the abstract-thinking teen!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 12-17

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017

Make a Magical Hand Puppet Mini Camp

This is a 2 day camp, that will work heavily with our imaginations. On the 1st day of camp, we will trace, cut, & decorate our puppets from the wildest depths of our magical minds! On the 2nd day of camp, we will finish any decorating that needs to be done, and create names, and make a name certificate for our puppets. Each child will be able to make their own puppet, following pre-cut patterns. While this is a camp that has been created to explore the depths of your child’s imagination, this can also be a learning tool for them to trace, as well as cut with (safety) scissors. This is a great way to see the opportunities your child’s imagination can work. Towards the end of class on the 2nd day, we will have a show & tell, where your child will have a chance to talk about their mysterious creature. Parents will be welcome to the show & tell!

Instructor: Summer Bat

Age: 4-5

Registration Deadline: June 19th

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Learn the art of altered books in this hands on class with lots of creative prompts! Students will bring a hardback book to alter by cutting, collaging, and painting – creating a work of art out of an old book. Some books provided, but bringing your own hardback or paperback books are encouraged.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 9-15

Registration Deadline:  July 17th

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: July 17th

MENUS

Monday, July 24th

  • Taco Soup with Tortilla Noodles
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, July 25th

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Crispy Green Beans
  • Garlic Bread
  • Marshmallows

Wednesday, July 26th

  • Steamed Dumplings
  • Dipping Sauces
  • Fried Rice
  • Fruit Spring Rolls

Thursday, July 27th

  • Chicken Gumbo with Rice
  • Apple Pie

Friday, July 28th

  • Steak and Potato Pot Pie
  • Creme Brûlée

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Learn different mixed media and painting techniques – from creating texture, to working images into artwork, layering, and creating successful abstract work. Explore your creative side by adding different types of media to your work!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Registration Deadline:  July 17th

  • 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).