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!

Join us for an evening of laughs in our intimate theatre. Concessions will be available, including popcorn and our signature pretzels!

Culinary Arts Coordinator, Kimme Hargrove, will cook up a quick lunch, talk through tips & kitchen secrets, share her recipes to take home & enjoy a fabulous meal with friends! 


  • Skillet Queso Dip
  • Southwest Chicken & Corn Stuffed Poblanos
  • Lemon Icebox Pie

Registration Deadline: January 31st

Learn how to make this iconic cake and learn the history behind it. This is a hands-on class so expect to get a bit of flour on you. When you are finished, you will have two delicious King Cakes to take home!

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Tapas & Toddies Tuesday! Valentine's Take Me Home

Box up your beauties (handmade chocolates) & festive flowers (you make them & take them) for a sweet V-Day treat at home!!! Kimme Hargrove - Culinary Arts Coordinator & Alexis Williams - owner of Shindig Floral Design will show you the way to a FAB Valentine's Day!


  • Assorted Truffles To-Go!
  • Flower Arrangement To-Go!
  • **WINE** (DUH!)

Instructor: Kimme Hargrove

Ages: 21 & up

Registration Deadline: February 8th

The little ones will mix and bake their way to a delicious King Cake! This hands-on class will delight children of all ages. When you are finished, you will have two delicious King Cakes to take home!

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 7-14

Winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaugh International Jazz Vocal Competition, Quiana infuses her classical training with her gospel upbringing. She approaches jazz as a storyteller and is making her statement on the music scene. A gradate from Louisiana State University’s music department, Quiana is able to harness her voice as a true instrument and perform various genres of music while maintaining her own sound.

Flatbreads & Floozies

Mardi Gras can be HARSH. Let's roll with it...


  • Caramelized Onion, Rosemary & Gorgonzola
  • 'Manly' Merlot
  • Black & Bleu 
  • Citrus Sangria

Instructor: Kimme Hargrove

Ages: 21 & up

Registration Deadline: March 15th


Songs and Stories featuring Serabee. This free monthly concert features a national or regional songwriter in an intimate concert free at the Historic Mary C Theatre in Ocean Springs produced by the MS Songwriters Alliance.

Sera hails direct from the Kiln, Mississippi with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing.

As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist deep roots and colorful background in the American South. 

Growing up the daughter of a Pentecostal minister father (always a bluesman at heart) and singer/songwriter mother, Sera was raised on the music of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Dolly, Aretha and of course, good ole gospel music.

Realizing her musical ambition at an early age, she traveled with her family’s tent revival, leading the musical praise and worship, excelling on the Hammond B-3 organ and piano. 

Striking out on her own, Sera began performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs where she garnered quite a local following. The soulful songstress created two independent recordings catching the attention of veteran music industry executives, Doug Morris , Gary Katz and LA Reid.

She was signed to major label Universal and Sony where she released an EP (Serabee) and had the ITunes single of the week, “Driving Me Stupid.”

She also became a finalist on the first season of “The Voice” as Serabee on Blake Shelton's team.

As a naturally gifted songwriter, with a strong commercial appeal, Sera penned the number one smash “Crazy Chick” for platinum sensation Charlotte Church in Europe and has since been writing with the hit makers in Nashville, London and New York for years.

Sera recently returned home to record her latest album, drawing on her natural ability and southern heritage and without the interruption of major label politics.

She says it will be very poignant and nostalgic, The prodigal daughter returning home from major label deals and touring the world to embrace her roots to record what she calls "the front porch songs" in a historical 1920s church turned studio in New Orleans.