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!

Waltzing In-Between is an experimental modern dance piece by Summer Baldwin that explores the subtle-but-essential seed-time between external milestones. Baldwin is collaborating with sound designer and filmmaker, Billy Louviere; mixed media artist, Julia Reyes; dancers, Lauren Guynes Gullett and Katy Hall and lighting designer, Rafe O'Neal. The final performance art piece will feature screendance, live performance, an original sound score and a mixed-media art installation. Following the performance, there will be a Local Creatives Champagne Reception in The Mary C. Local Creatives Gallery. One performance only!

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Classically trained vocal, piano, and instrumental students have amazed our audiences with their talent and poise on stage.  This annual concert is a formal event in the tradition of academic music recitals, preparing these students to continue their pursuit of art song, opera, musical theater, jazz, orchestral solos, and piano performance.  Young soloists have ranged from age 9 to 21 with singers, pianists, and instrumentalists from all across the Gulf Coast.

  • Various locations

  • Sep 17, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020

The Annual MS Songwriters Festival features over 100 national and regional songwriters at 13 venues: 10 in downtown Ocean Springs, 1 in Gautier, 1 in Moss Point and 1 in Margaritaville Biloxi. A Top 20 Event Award winner 1000’s of fans take to the streets at Mississippi’s largest songwriter festival.

Individual venues and performances to be announced.

Welcome to the oldest night race in Coastal Mississippi. 

Race starts behind the Mary C on Porter Avenue west to the beach, up Washington Avenue to Porter and Magnolia to the finishline.

The Proceeds from this fundraiser help fund scholarships to seniors at Ocean Springs High School and St. Martin High School and also help fund many Rotary causes.