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.

Hours: 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, Thursday until March 30, 2017

This is a international baccalaureate class. Students get college credit for doing it.

Basic Lessons on the Turkish Language

Meets every Tuesdays/Thursdays

What to Bring: Paper & Pencil

Instructor: OSHS IB Student, Ansu Edwards

  • Week 1: Alphabet, Pronunciation, Basic Greeting and Goodbye Words, Telling Names, How are you, Colloquial Ways of Vocatives, Sample Dialogues
  • Week 2: Numbers, There is/are, Plurals, Suffixes
  • Week 3: Possessives, Days, Months, Seasons
  • Week 4: Adjectives, Conjunctions, Colors, Professions, 3rd Person Singular/Plural Verbs
  • Week 5: Conjugating Verbs, Nationalities, Negatives, Questions
  • Week 6: Present Tense,Accusative Case, Dative
  • Week 7: Let’s…, Parts of the Day, Breakfast Vocab, I Have to/Must, Directions
  • Week 8: Past tense, Past Continuous Tense
  • Week 9: Simple Future Tense, Participles
  • Week 10: Final Practices and Adjourning

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

  • Mar 9, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017

Children’s Handbuilding With Clay will teach children from ages 10-17 how to use clay in various hand building techniques including slab-construction and coil building. Students will learn how to prepare and maintain the clay medium for art-based construction.

Additionally, students will learn and experiment with different surface treatments for their pieces including, carving, sculpting, texturizing, and glazing. The five week series will ultimately yield several finished pieces that can be taken home. Fee includes materials and kiln firing and take home information will also be provided.

Instructor: Kelsey Wishik

Ages: 8-15

Registration Deadline: March 2nd

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

  • Mar 30, 2017

Join the Mary C. for a Gulf Hills Style Reception and learn about the history of this iconic Gulf Coast Hotel. Current and former staff as well as former patrons will enlighten you on its unique history. Appetizers from the 50’s will be set in 1950’s style.

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

  • Mar 31, 2017

Join Chef Cheri and learn how to whip up this delicious lunch.

Menu:

  • Classic Patty Melt
  • German Potato Salad
  • Succotash
  • Shoo Fly Pie

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

  • Mar 31, 2017

The Mulligan Brothers is an Americana Folk-Rock band from Mobile, Alabama. In golfers’ terms, a “mulligan” is a second chance, and the band represents a second chance for each member of The Mulligan Brothers. Veterans of other bands, this is where they found the music they always wanted to play.

The songwriting and warm, honest, straight-to-the heart voice of lead singer of Ross Newell draws listeners into the group’s signature sound, where the harmonies of Greg DeLuca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan make the songs soar or haunt from the shadows. De Luca plays drums and Leininger is on the bass.Fiddler Melody Duncan recently joined the band, bringing a female voice and perspective.

The group’s latest single, “Divine Design,” is about being taken advantage of by the person you love. “The offender doesn’t see it as hurting someone else, but as helping himself or herself,” says Newell. “It is a terrible feeling and I want the song to create an awareness of what it is like to be treated that way, whether it is intentional or not. I want the listener to think if this is a song about them or the people around them. If this is divine design, then divine design is behind the times.”

I feel like a suit of second-hand armor. It can protect you but may never wear a shine. Every time you see me you know I’ll be there when you need me, never thinking of the dead man left inside. Pay no mind to the dead man left inside.“Divine Design”

“Writing songs is one of my favorite things, but I take a while to write a song,” says Newell. “If a line seems forced or anything but honest, then I have to scrap it. I have to live through something or feel strongly about it to add authentic details. I have to sing these songs hundreds of times a year and it is important to me to identify with that song every time. Fortunately the songs take on a life of their own and people are willing to listen and read more into the lyrics that what was said.”

“We have to make music that stays true to ourselves.”

The Mulligan Brothers have released two albums, The Mulligan Brothers and Via Portland (recorded in Portland with Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin) and will soon release a Live from The Netherlands album, recorded during the recent tour that included shows at the famed Paradiso in Amsterdam and a spot on The Ramblin’ Roots Festival in Utrecht. They currently have over two million plays on Spotify, including over 1 million of the song Lay Here.

The band kicks of 2017 with a return to the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida ,an appearance on Music City Roots Nashville, and are excited to return to Ireland for January-February tour dates followed by a spot on Cayamo A journey Through Song a 7 day Roots Music Cruise in the company of such artists as Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle.

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

  • Apr 1, 2017

Join the Mary C for our 2nd Annual Panoramic View of Gospel Music. Gospel groups from across the area will sing praise and glory throughout the afternoon filling you with the spirit of joy.

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

  • Apr 6, 2017

Does your child show an interest in cooking? If so, the first steps to becoming a great cook is to learn proper knife skills. Join Chef Cheri Hiers as she teaches the basic skills required in the kitchen.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Age: 8-13

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

  • Apr 7, 2017 - Apr 8, 2017

Join some of Ocean Springs very own such as Carolyn Martin, Stacy Howell, Judy Madden, Kathe Newcomb, Sandra Camphor, Ravin Nettles, Geri Straight, Nancy Wilson, Becky Young and more.

In proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit. With its compulsively entertaining subject matter, this intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron celebrated an accomplished two-and-a-half year run in New York’s Westside Theatre. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theater going experiences domestically and overseas. In proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit. With its compulsively entertaining subject matter, this intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron celebrated an accomplished two-and-a-half year run in New York’s Westside Theatre. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends.  The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences domestically and overseas.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support Sue’s House

A women’s vending expo will be held each night before the show at 5–7pm.

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  • Apr 8, 2017

Have you ever attempted to make pastry from scratch and it ended up undercooked, or burnt. Take this hands on class and learn the secrets to making the perfect pastry.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Age: 12 & up

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

  • Apr 15, 2017

Do you have a young chef at home aspiring to be a super star in the culinary world? Or you just want your child to learn good life skills that will benefit them as they grow up. If so, Jr. Chef Day camp is for them. Join Chef Cheri and learn the trade secrets to becoming a great chef!

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Menu:

  • Turkey burger with Fresh Bun
  • Oven Fries
  • Vegetable Fritters
  • Chocolate Pudding

Registration Deadline: April 8th

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

  • Apr 22, 2017

Do you have a young chef at home aspiring to be a super star in the culinary world? Or you just want your child to learn good life skills that will benefit them as they grow up. If so, Jr. Chef Day camp is for them. Join Chef Cheri and learn the trade secrets to becoming a great chef!

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Menu:

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar Biscuits
  • Earth Day Cupcakes  

Registration Deadline: April 15th

  • 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 4, 2017

Featuring vocalists and instrumentalists age 19 and under from the Mississippi Gulf Coast area and beyond. Performers are auditioned and hand picked on classical repertoire to bring you an evening of exceptional young talent!

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

  • May 20, 2017

Movies can inspire us to change our lives, seek new adventures and enjoy good food. Join Chef Cheri Hiers for this hands on adventure into the world of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Menu to be announced, and the Barbeque will be pork.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

  • 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).