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

  • Dec 6, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use them in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Dates: Monthly

Grades 1–6

Wednesday, December 6th, 13th, 20th

Registration Deadline: November 29th

Wednesday, January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Registration Deadline: January 3rd

Wednesday, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Registration Deadline: January 31st

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

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until February 28, 2018

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting! Whether you are looking to apply to a specialized art program, or just want to learn the fundamentals of drawing, this class is for you.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Requirement: 12 and Up

December  6th, 13th, 20th

Registration Deadline: November 29th

January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Registration Deadline: January 3rd

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Registration Deadline: January 31st

Supplies: All supplies and materials are provided

  • 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 14, 2017

Enjoy some delicious appetizers before you ring in the Holidays with the Coast Big Band.

Appetizers:

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprout Skewer
Mini Smoked Pimento Cheese ball
Cranberry Apple Tart

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

  • Dec 14, 2017

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu:

Shrimp and Grits
Santa Brownie

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

  • Dec 15, 2017

The Ocean Springs Chorale and Guests invite you to an old-fashioned musical celebration of Christmas.

Thank you to HOSA for their sponsorship.

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

  • Dec 15, 2017

Enjoy an evening of Victorian Christmas storytelling with Charles Dickens Scholar, Lawrence Hicks, as we explore many of the lesser known fairytales by the author of the beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol”. Let us treat you to spiced hot cocoa and holiday cookies as you enjoy a costumed performance and ambient sounds of the season. Later in the evening, with our Duckett Gallery and its current exhibit “Magic Lanterns • Ghost Stories and Fairytales” as a backdrop, you’ll be transported back in time for a uniquely Victorian Era form of entertainment as we light our Circa 1880 children’s toy magic lantern and project fantastically colored scenes on transparent plates, and they’ll all be accompanied by original Christmas Fairytales told by a live storyteller.

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

  • Dec 15, 2017

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Menu:

Cheddar Cheese Cookies
Seafood and Spinach
White Wine Cream Sauce
Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi
Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Brownie Trifle

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

  • Recurring weekly on Friday until February 16, 2018

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting! Whether you are looking to apply to a specialized art program, or just want to learn the fundamentals of drawing, this class is for you.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Requirement: 12 and Up 

December 7th, 14th, 21st

Registration Deadline: November 30th

January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Registration Deadline: December 28th

February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Supplies: All supplies and materials are provided

  • 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

  • Dec 16, 2017

  • Cookie Decorating and Kids Craft Stations
  •  Photos with Santa
  •  Holiday Art Market

Join the Mary C for a day of last minute shopping. Find that special something for that hard to buy for friend in your life. 

  • Santa’s Reindeer Show

Come along with Rollo, Santa’s chief elf as he tells the REAL story of how the reindeer from the South Pole became a part of Santa’s Team, pulling his sleigh each year to visit children all over the world. Presented by the Jackson County Library.

Time: 1pm, Price: Free

  • Twas the Week After Christmas

Wings Performing Arts present a fun holiday show for the entire family.

A hilarious and heartwarming story about what happens when the North Pole loses the Christmas Spirit. It’s been years since the Elves and Reindeer have gotten along. The Reindeer egos are high and Elves’ productivity is low. Will a week of vacation help remind the Elves and Reindeer what Christmas is all about?

Time: 2pm, Price: $5

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 fee $45.

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

  • Dec 5, 2017 - Feb 27, 2018

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use them in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Grades 1–6

Day/Dates:

Tuesday, December 5th, 12th, 19th

Registration Deadline: November 28th

Tuesday, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Registration Deadline: January 2nd

Tuesday, February 6th, 20th, 27th

Registration Deadline: January 30th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until February 27, 2018

During each session, students will learn different techniques to design and create beautiful jewelry using fine, high-end Swarovski and Czech crystals, glass, wood, ceramic beads; natural stones, cultured pearls, sterling silver and pewter charms, pendants, etc. from our large selection. You will learn how to professionally finish necklaces and bracelets using various techniques to attach clasps. Students will create necklaces, earrings, and bracelets of their choice and take them home at the end of each class. All tools and supplies are provided and included in the fee.

Instructor: Shirley Cahela

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

Dates: (Individual Classes)

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

November 7th, 14th, 28th
December 5th, 12th, 19th
January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
February 6th, 20th, 27th

  1. (Groups / Jewelry Parties By Appointment)

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

  • Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017

Send your up and coming young Chef to camp this Holiday Season!

They will spend 3 fun filled, educational days chopping, baking, mixing and cooking their way into the hearts of all your relatives this Holiday Season.

Holiday Camp Recipes

Menu:

12/20 Christmas Breakfast

  • Christmas Tree Pancake Stacks
  • Decorated with Blueberries, Strawberry Syrup, and Whip Cream
  • Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges
  • Tomato and Mushroom Egg Bakes
  •  
  • 12/21 Holiday Feast
  • Cornish Game Hen
  • Dressing
  • Cauliflower Mash
  • Gravy
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Shortbread Cookies
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  • 12/22 Holiday Appetizers
  • Grinch Kabobs
  • Cheddar Cheese Cookies
  • Cheese Balls
  • Spinach Puffs
  • Holiday Party Meatballs
  • Oreo Truffles

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

  • Dec 21, 2017

A Hands-On Class

Join Chef Robin Pate and learn how to make Croatian Pusharatas. A pusharata is a bite-sized nugget of fried dough with chopped fruit and spices—simply put, a sort of Croatian donut or fritter. To learn more about the history of pusharatas go to Southern Food Ways.

Age: 18 & up

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Registration Deadline: December 19th

*Each student will take home 3 dozen pusharatas.

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

  • Dec 23, 2017

Santa is coming and the kids will want to leave out a batch of cookies for him, so why not make them special. Stop by and decorate a dozen sugar cookies, made by Elf Chef Cheri Hiers, the way you want them.

Instructor: Chef Elf Cheri Hiers

Times: (Max 12 Children per hour increments)

12-1pm
1-2pm
2-3pm
3-4pm

Registration Deadline: December 21st

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

  • Dec 23, 2017

Join Lakeisha Cotton and friends as they ring in the spirit of the Holidays!

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

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until February 7, 2018

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, we will explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Building upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures and lighting. We will explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction and interest.

For those interested in both classes, the second class will allow you to continue on your own path to improving your pencil drawing!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

6 Weeks Class

Registration Deadline: December 27th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until February 1, 2018

Join the talented Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Registration Deadline: December 28th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until February 1, 2018

Join the talented Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Registration Deadline: December 28th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Friday until February 2, 2018

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced

5 week class

Join the talented Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Registration Deadline: December 29th

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

  • Jan 18, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Pasta Cabanara with Peas
Dark Chocolate Pudding

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

  • Jan 20, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018

Join Chef Cheri for this fun hands on class!

January 20th Menu:

Beef Stew
Popovers
Apple Cake

February 17th Menu: 

Fish Sticks
Oven Fries
Vegetable Fritters
Cookie Dough Truffles

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

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

  • Jan 25, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Loaded Potato Soup
Fresh Handmade Bread
Chess Pie

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

  • Feb 1, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Poorboy Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Smoky Lima Beans
Shortbread Cookies

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

  • Feb 2, 2018

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Menu:

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Fresh Garlic Bread
Mississippi Pot Roast
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, and Brussel Sprouts
Mississippi Mud Pie

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

  • Feb 8, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Crispy Chicken
Savory Herb Waffles
Roasted Garlic Jelly
Vegetable Frittata
Peach Muffin

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

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until March 21, 2018

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, we will explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Building upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures and lighting. We will explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction and interest.

For those interested in both classes, the second class will allow you to continue on your own path to improving your pencil drawing!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

6 Weeks Class

Registration Deadline: February 7th

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

  • Feb 15, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato
Mixed Berry BBQ Sauce
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Oat meal Cream Pie

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

  • Feb 16, 2018

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Menu:

French Onion Soup
Chicken Cordon Bleu
White Wine Sauce
Ratatouille
Beignets with Mixed Berry Syrup

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

  • Feb 22, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Chicken Fried Steak with Pepper Gravy
Hashbrown Casserole
Green Beans
Lemon Rosemary Cookies

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

  • Feb 23, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018

Turn back the clock with The Mary C, as we return to a Legendary Mississippi Coast Landmark in our very special show ‘Gus Stevens Revisited’. Produced in co-operation with the Stevens Family, this show promises to bring back a time, place and style that has long ago vanished from the Gulf Coast. Starring Karen Abernathy, Elizabeth Ishee, Carolyn Martin and Michael Frome, this once-in-a-lifetime event will transport you back to the hottest spot on the Mississippi Coast, Gus Stevens Supper Club. Also featuring the Go-Go Burlesque of the Stevenettes (Presented by Bella Blue), this show will rekindle your memories of the golden age of the American Riviera.

A limited number of Special VIP Experience Tickets are on sale that will put you right on stage, in the middle of the action. These tickets include hors d’oeuvres inspired by the original Gus Stevens menus, as well as drink service right at your on-stage table. In addition to a special Q&A After the show!