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!

With Donald Del Cid

The Latest Climatic Change and Its Modern Consequences

The Walter Anderson Theatre Project presents Scrooge is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

*Please note: this will be the full length version of the play as there is also an abridged version.

The author, Leslie Bricusse is a 2-time Academy Award winner, a Grammy Award Winner, and is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Popular works include the musicals Jekyll & Hyde, Victor/Victoria, and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.

The production will be directed by Ryan Reinike with musical direction by James M. Taylor and choreography by Morgan Taylor. Anthony Kahlberg will be cast in the titular role, reprising his Mississippi Gulf Coast regular portrayal with the performance of the lovable, redeemable miser.

This class will reinforce techniques used in baking and hands on experiences of preparing a variety of Pastries.  Our Bakers will be preparing Sweet Potato and Praline Pie, Cannoli, and a Coastal favorite, Pusharattas. 

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 16 & up

Registration Deadline: November 29th

Please Note: If class does not reach minimum number required, class will be cancelled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.

Come to #BeckysKitchen for lunch with Travel Writer Charles McCool from! Julian Brunt, food writer & photographer will be whipping up his famous Gumbo, Robby Holmes will have freshly baked bread from Sarrasin Bread Bakery and Kimme Hargrove, the Mary C.'s Culinary Arts Coordinator will share a dessert (and the recipe!) that you won't forget!

Join us for this exciting opportunity to eat GRAND food and share our GRAND Mississippi Gulf Coast with Charles McCool!

Join Chef Robin Pate in Becky's Kitchen for this fun-filled HIBACHI experience! Learn the coveted secrets to Japanese Cuisine right here at The Mary C.! This is a Hands-On class for adults that will teach you the skills and techniques to authentic Japanese cooking. 


  • Hibachi Steak & Shrimp
  • Yum Yum Sauce
  • Hibachi Fried Rice
  • Garlic Butter
  • Hibachi Vegetables
  • Ginger Sauce
  • Iced Thai Tea

Registration Deadline: December 5th

Please Note: If class does not reach minimum number required, class will be cancelled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.

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! 

Menu: TBA

Around 1981 The Smith Family Singers began their journey as the Biloxi Jubilees. It was the dream of the founder, Minister Smith, to have his own musical group. The first members were Nathaniel Smith, Rose Smith, Theo Cross, Nanny Rogers, Marie Thomas, Adrian Smith and April Smith. They sang all over MS, AL and LA. The group evolved into the Smith Family Singers as the older non-family members phased out to pursue other avenues.

Songs and Stories Radio Show presents 2018 Christmas Show. Enjoy Local talent and surprise guests. Free admission thanks to our sponsor, The R&B Feder Foundation.

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.