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

  • Sep 24, 2017

Come and enjoy songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli sung by Dave Halston and Suzanne Goulet. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

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

  • Sep 5, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017

This course combines foundational principles of actor training with advanced techniques for making compelling choices in a professional setting. Students will be asked to expand their creative potential through conventional warm-ups, practical exercises, and directorial feedback from the instructor. The course work will highlight the differences between two actors self-consciously “performing” for an audience and two actors authentically engaged in spontaneous communion.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 14-Adult

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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until September 26, 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

Registration Deadline: August 1st

(Fee does not include supplies. Please click here for supply list: Oil Series SUPPLY LIST)

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

  • Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Harness the acting tools you already possess to express ideas, transform into characters and tell moving stories. Gain skills in creative thinking and public speaking, building confidence in yourself and your craft. Develop clear and expressive physicality and vocal technique. Through improvisation and short scenes, use those skills to take risks, make strong character choices, develop character relationships and pursue objective.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 8-13

Registration Deadline: August 30th

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

  • Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Each month students will prepare and rehearse the music and choreography to a different Broadway showstopper.  This class is a great opportunity for performers of all ages sharpen their acting, singing and dancing skils as they work toward becoming true triple threats.  The students will present their work for family and friends on the final class day each month.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 6-11

Registration Deadline: August 30th

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

  • Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017

Each month students will prepare and rehearse the music and choreography to a different Broadway showstopper.  This class is a great opportunity for performers of all ages sharpen their acting, singing and dancing skils as they work toward becoming true triple threats.  The students will present their work for family and friends on the final class day each month.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 12-Adult

Registration Deadline: August 31st

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

  • Sep 30, 2017

Creative Movement with Summer Baldwin

Come explore all the different ways you can express yourself through the movement of your body! You will play fun dance games geared towards self-expression, improvisation, relaxation and experiencing the joy of movement with Summer Baldwin.

Ages: 5-12 (Beginner/ Intermediate)
Time: 10-11am

 

Somadances of Shin Somatics® with Kelly F. Lester

This class will explore elements of Shin Somatics® through its principals of Land to Water Yoga, Butoh imagery, and Chakra Unwinding. The class will explore how dance emerges through the deep awareness of the self and the present moment. The imagery will guide movement patterns and improvisations as the dancers explore personal expression and the bonds of community.

Ages: Teens and up – Intermediate Movers
Time: 11:15-12:15pm
 

Modern Dance Technique with Katie Erin Ginn

This modern dance technique class will place an emphasis on “falling”; how to fall correctly, what happens in the body during a fall, how impact affects the body and safe techniques for falling. Dancers will also learn the history and dance linage behind Katie Erin Ginn’s technical methods.

Ages: Teens and up – Intermediate/Advanced Dancers
Time: 12:30-1:30pm

 

Dance on Film for Dancers & Choreographers with Sharon Leahy

Take the first steps toward transferring your choreographic process from stage to film! Learn some simple techniques for beginning the journey toward creating dance for the camera. Both doing and watching involved; bring a camera if you have one.

Ages: Teens and up – All Levels
Time: 1:45-2:45pm

 

Share Dance Meetup for Dancers & Choreographers hosted by Mississippi Dance Leader Alliance

(Panel discussion and networking opportunity for dancers and choreographers)
Time: 2:45-3:30pm
Price: Free

Young Artists Showcase 

This is a showcase that features dance artists ages 17 and under! The young artists have either choreographed their own work or are performing work choreographed by an adult teacher or choreographer.

Time: 4:30pm
Price: Members: $10.00/ Non-Members: $15.00


Dance Film + Formal Choreography Showcase

Come out for an evening of original dance pieces and films by professional dancers, choreographers, educators and film makers. The pieces chosen for the festival highlight both emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and also seasoned professionals.

Time: 7:00pm
Price: Members: $15.00/ Non-Members: $20.00

Formal Choreography:

Kelly Ferris Lester and Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
Leif Anderson

Dance Films:

Ground Fine by Sharon Leahy
The You I See by Samantha Russell
Pack Light by Jeoffery Harris, Jr.

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

  • Oct 7, 2017

This hands on class will put a smile on any chocolate lovers face. Learn how to create delicious deserts using chocolate.

Menu:

Chocolate Butter Crunch
Chocolate Lovers Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
Chocolate Bacon, yes you will learn how to make Chocolate Bacon.

Instructor: Chef Jo

Ages: 11 & up

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

  • Oct 11, 2017

Deciphering the Past - D’Iberville’s Landing

Spend the afternoon at the Mary C with Registrar/Historian Dennis Walker and learn all the interesting facts that led up to the Landing of D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 4th

Ages: 8 -13

  • The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center Theater

  • Oct 12, 2017

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the ten largest Shakespeare festivals in the world. The festival is permanently housed in the Carolyn Blount Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama and will be coming to the Mary C.

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

  • Oct 13, 2017

Fall Into the Arts with The Mary C. is a unique event that will bring together music, fine art and the culinary arts for a one night block party.

The event features the musical stylings of The Mulligan Brothers, a food tasting featuring Julian Brunt and an Art Drawdown featuring artist from across the country!

Tickets includes admission to the show, food tasting and one complementary beverage (beer/wine).

In order to participate in the Art Drawdown (and walk away with a piece of art valued at $150 or more!) be one of only 90 people purchasing the coveted $100 ART tickets. This ticket allows you entry into the event, food tasting, two complementary beverages of your choice (beer/wine) AND a unique piece of art.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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