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!

Author

JULIAN RANKIN

Julian is the recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s first annual residency at Rivendell Writers Colony and is the former director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. He is now the director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, MS.

Performers

ERIN RAE

Erin is gifted with a unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feel fresh and wholly her own, with her new album Putting On Airs, Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day. According to Rae, “this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, in order to address some fears and patterns of mine to allow my true feelings to come to the surface.”

WATER SEED

Billboard Top 20 Recording Artist, Water Seed is a progressive innovative band that dares to bring musicianship, dexterity and creativity to Funk, Soul, R&B, Fusion, and Future Funk.

True Believers, is a traditional Gospel group that debuted with Blackberry Records under the tutelage of the legendary Williams Brothers who share the same hometown of McComb, MS. Their debut release, Don’t Count Me Out is a blend of contemporary and traditional stylings and won the favor of quartet fans throughout the nation.

True Believers have enjoyed much success during live concerts and fans are already picking favorites that can be found on the project. These favorites are: “Ooh, Wee; Another Blessing,” “Don’t Count Me Out,” and “I Don’t Need No Rock.”