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!

Art and the Afterlife is a celebration of Día de Muertos on the grounds of The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in support of the Mary C, The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and The Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art.

Admission is $15 with $10 food plates available. Craft and domestic beer will also be available for purchase with marigold sangria available as well.

Activities will include:

  • Make & take arts and crafts
  • Facepainting
  • Live Painting with Artist Carmen Lugo.
  • Fashion Contest: Show off your best costume! Whether Día de Muertos themed or not, all costumes welcome. Creativity will be a big part of how costumes are judged, so create something impressive for us!
  • Altar Contest: Individuals and organizations are invited to take part in our altar contest as well! Día de Muertos altars are a traditional expression of love and reverence for family members past. Our altar contest draws inspiration from these altars as an artistic endeavor. Whether you decide to represent your local organization, family, or yourself is up to you. The contest will be judged and the top contestant will win $100.