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

  • Oct 28, 2017

Join artist, Geoff Mitchell for an evening of storytelling in the spirit of the Halloween season, as locals and authors share their stories of ghosts and the supernatural. Our Duckett Gallery, with its current exhibit Magic Lanterns • Ghost Stories and Fairytales, will provide the setting for this evening that will offer up a blend of tales about real gulf coast haunts as well as original fiction by talented regional authors … and perhaps a few revealing stories about the spirits of the Mary C. itself. So have a seat by our campfire, let us make you a s’more, and enjoy this season’s special Halloween entertainment.

RSVP to info@themaryc.org by Friday, October 27th

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

  • Sep 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017

Join Chef Cheri for this fun hands on class!

MENUS: TBA

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

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

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until December 7, 2017

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Join the very talented Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Registration Deadline: October 26th

No class on Thursday, November 23.

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

  • Nov 3, 2017

Blood Country tells the true story of events which took place in and around Lawrence County, Mississippi in 1884, based on the short story by Robert E. Jones titled “The Outlaw, the Sheriff and the Governor”. The film is about a man accused of killing his brother and the honorable sheriff who has to bring him to justice. This Western film features actor Jeremy London, an Ocean Springs resident, and other talent from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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

  • Recurring weekly on Friday until December 8, 2017

Join the extremely talented Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Registration Deadline: October 27th

No class Friday, November 24

  • The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center Theater

  • Nov 11, 2017

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her abashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70's including We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, and of course Close to You.

Our Lady of Fatima Children's Choir  will join in  for  the song "Sing" at the end of Act I.

Our Lady of Fatima Children's Choir features approximately 50 students from grades 1st-6th. The choir rehearses once a week and provides music for two masses a week at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Biloxi. In addition to singing at mass the OLF choir provides music at the church and school's Halloween Carnival and Spring Festival and carols at nursing homes at Christmas time. Recently the choir was featured by singing with the world renowned 16 year old pianist and composer, Ethan Bortnick on his national tour stop in Biloxi and at the Beau Rivage for the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center's WINGS Dreams production.

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

  • Nov 15, 2017

Deciphering the Past - The Native Americans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Learn about the Native Americans that lived on the Gulf Coast. 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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 8th

Ages: 8 -13

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

  • Nov 18, 2017

Tickets include a hand-painted/crafted bowl, bottomless local soups, bread, dessert, and beverages. There will also be light entertainment and a silent auction. Sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit Open Doors Homeless Coalition, which serves homeless individuals, families, and children in the six southernmost counties of MS.

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

  • Dec 1, 2017

A cavalcade of Coast Stars kicking off the Holiday Season at the Mary C O’Keefe!

Featuring performances by: David Delk-Toni Dee-Derek Norsworthy-Double Dee-Gram Rea-Summer Baldwin-LeKeisha Cotton-Kate Saywer-Anthony Kalberg-Reed Em & Weep and other Coast celebrities!

Directed by Rafe O’Neal

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

  • Dec 9, 2017

A Las Vegas style female and celebrity impersonator show starring Toni Dee, Miss Lexis Redd D’Ville, Alotta Wood, Paris Sanchez, Tiffany Lashay, Estelle Suarez, Vanessa Carmichael and the Diverse City Divas Dancers.

Directed by Rafe O’Neal.

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

  • Dec 14, 2017

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.

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

  • Dec 16, 2017

Join us at the Mary C for a day of last minute shopping. Find that special something for that hard to buy for friend in your life.

Interested Vendors can purchase tickets below. Each spot is 10×10 (You supply your own tent and tables) (Limited access to electricity)

Booth Fee:

Members: $35
Non-Members: $45