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 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 an art gallery filled with beautiful artwork and the Ocean Springs Art Museum.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 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!

Dickie Waters, September 19, 1935 - July 4, 2013

Waters grew up at Gulf Hills, taught water skiing there and became known throughout the south for his long jumps over the water.  Later on in his life, he moved to Hawaii and developed interesting sound chimes and musical instruments using water.  There was a wide demand for these instruments for use in soundtracks for many years. 

"My mother gave me my first watercolor lesson when we lived in Bermuda. I was 11 years old. I went with her to paint on location about 3 or 4 times. My next painting lesson was from the mother of a close friend who was with us one day on a remote beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was exposed to a wide range of the arts as my mother was a patron and hired people like Walter Anderson to do murals at the hotel in Ocean Springs, MS where I was raised. There were also musical groups and musicians who would perform nightly at the hotel lounge.

I did not paint again until my Junior year in college, when I switched my Major (for the 5th time) to fine arts. Up until that point my grades were terrible as I had little interest in the other subject matters. As soon as I began the art courses my grades picked up as did my attendance and I felt like I had found my niche. However, trying to make a living as an artist was beyond me at the time. After graduating, I received an offer to work for a chain of hotels (Jack Tar) and after graduation I worked in a number of locations in different capacities for this chain. At night, after work, I would paint until the wee hours of the morning. The more I painted, the more I realized I was unhappy in my current occupation even though the salary and work were good. So after a year or so, I resigned as assistant manager for a hotel in Biloxi, MS and left for California to develop my painting career. I first lived in Los Angeles and tried to break into the gallery scene there with no luck. I then moved to Sausalito and rented a half-sunken house boat as it was all I could afford. When I ran out of money, I worked as a dishwasher at Juanita’s Gallery at gate 5 in Sausalito. After painting rather intensively for a year I decided it would be best if I went to a good art school in the San Francisco Bay Area and selected the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland as my school. I spent two years there earning my Masters degree (MFA) and during that time expanded into sculpture and 3 dimensional paintings, specifically fiberglass wall reliefs."

Join the OSHS Theatre Students as they kick off the start to Cruisin the Coast 2018!

Buy Tickets online or at the door!

Gus Stevens Seafood Restaurant and Buccaneer Lounge was one the epicenter of entertainment on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  From the 1950's until 1975 Gus Stevens (as it was known to locals) was the place to go if you wanted to see real Hollywood stars performing on the Coast.  The list of celebrities who played there is legend now: Jerry Van Dyke, Andy Griffith, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rudy Vallee and many, many others graced the stage of the Supper Club.

Now, back by popular demand!  Gus Stevens Supper Club will live again in the exciting theatrical production Gus Stevens Revisited.  Produced in co-operation and help of the Stevens Family, this live full scale musical production will recreate what a night out at Gus Stevens was like.  Featuring Coast celebrities Karen Abernathy, Carolyn Martin, Elizabeth Hart Ishee, Mike Frome, David Delk, Toni Dee, Edward St. Pe, Aaron Lind, Jasmine Smith, Estella Suarez, Johnathan Wetzell,  Nita Procell (who was part of the house band at the original club from 1969 to 1975), Chetty Brown & The Sons of the Beach and a live band, this is sure to be a night of laughs, great music and fond memories. 

Due to mature content, this show is recommended for ages 18 and up.

(Please note that V.I.P. tickets are not wheelchair accessible)

*A limited number of Special VIP Experience Tickets are on sale that will put you right on stage, in the middle of the action.

The Mystics are a versatile singing group that performs a wide variety of Oldies, Motown, Top 40, R&B, Disco, Jazz, Rock and more!

Whether you prefer the hits from 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's or today, The New Orleans Mystics singing group, backed by a 6 piece band, puts their personal stamp on any song to make it their own. Because of their experience, (They've been around for over 40 years!) they are well suited for practically any occasion & stage. The New Orleans Mystics always delivers the best in live entertainment.

Come and dine under the beautiful Gulf Coast night sky and enjoy a delicious meal of our favorite seafood fresh from our shores.  The dinner courses will demonstrated for you to enjoy and will include an appetizer of Roasted Oyster Crostini and entrée of Pan Fried Flounder with Lemon, Mushroom, and Caper Sauce over Wild Rice.  For the finale Flaming Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream will be served.  

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Please Note: If class does not reach minimum number required, class will be cancelled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.

With Donald Del Cid

The Latest Climatic Change and Its Modern Consequences

Continuing the formal experiment that marked White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Nassim Soleimanpour brings us BLANK. In a joint effort between audience and performer, the gaps in the script are filled in to reveal a story that celebrates the human imagination. As formally inventive as it is engaging, Blank reverses the typical theatre experience: A script riddled with blanks leaves the audience in charge of how the story will unfold. The concept might be simple, the result is nothing short of empowering as a random audience member sees his or her future determined by the imagination of others.

Buy Tickets online or at the door! Limited seating available.

Concessions will be available, including popcorn!

Join us for a fantastical afternoon of fun! Buy a candy bar during show  to try and get a Golden Ticket for a free movie pass for upcoming movies!

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka!

Concessions will be available, including popcorn!

Join Brooke Rester, owner of Dolce Bakeshop in Long Beach, for a fun CHOCOLATE-filled afternoon for your kiddos. Chef Brooke will have four stations for the kids to work through and a fabulous treat box to take all of their goodies home in! Candy Bar Party Pups, Galaxy Bark, Chocolate Go-Carts and Chocolate Pretzel Turkeys are sure to entertain and ALL JUST before the showing of Willy Wonka the movie in our Mary C. Theater at 3pm.

Instructor: Brooke Rester

Ages: 6-14

Registration Deadline: September 8th

Please Note: If class does not reach minimum number required, class will be cancelled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.

This class will reinforce techniques used in baking and hands on experiences of preparing a variety of Pastries.  Our Bakers will be preparing Sweet Potato and Praline Pie, Cannoli, and a Coastal favorite, Pusharattas. 

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 16 & up

Registration Deadline: November 29th

Please Note: If class does not reach minimum number required, class will be cancelled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.