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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017

Make a Magical Hand Puppet Mini Camp

This is a 2 day camp, that will work heavily with our imaginations. On the 1st day of camp, we will trace, cut, & decorate our puppets from the wildest depths of our magical minds! On the 2nd day of camp, we will finish any decorating that needs to be done, and create names, and make a name certificate for our puppets. Each child will be able to make their own puppet, following pre-cut patterns. While this is a camp that has been created to explore the depths of your child’s imagination, this can also be a learning tool for them to trace, as well as cut with (safety) scissors. This is a great way to see the opportunities your child’s imagination can work. Towards the end of class on the 2nd day, we will have a show & tell, where your child will have a chance to talk about their mysterious creature. Parents will be welcome to the show & tell!

Instructor: Summer Bat

Age: 4-5

Registration Deadline: June 19th

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Learn the art of altered books in this hands on class with lots of creative prompts! Students will bring a hardback book to alter by cutting, collaging, and painting – creating a work of art out of an old book. Some books provided, but bringing your own hardback or paperback books are encouraged.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 9-15

Registration Deadline:  July 17th

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Junior Chefs will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, from scratch cooking skills and light gardening with fresh herbs and vegetables. The Junior Chefs will reinforce what they learn and practice public speaking skills at the 11:30 demonstration. Friends and families can join the Junior Chefs for their daily Lunch and Learn specials for $5 per person.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Registration Deadline: July 17th


Monday, July 24th

  • Taco Soup with Tortilla Noodles
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, July 25th

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Crispy Green Beans
  • Garlic Bread
  • Marshmallows

Wednesday, July 26th

  • Steamed Dumplings
  • Dipping Sauces
  • Fried Rice
  • Fruit Spring Rolls

Thursday, July 27th

  • Chicken Gumbo with Rice
  • Apple Pie

Friday, July 28th

  • Steak and Potato Pot Pie
  • Creme Brûlée

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

  • Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Learn different mixed media and painting techniques – from creating texture, to working images into artwork, layering, and creating successful abstract work. Explore your creative side by adding different types of media to your work!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Registration Deadline:  July 17th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until August 29, 2017

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

Dates: (Individual Classes)

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

  • June 20, 27
  • July 11,18, 25
  • August 1,8,15, 22, 29

(Groups / Jewelry Parties By Appointment)

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

  • Aug 8, 2017

Oil Painting Made Simple

Learn the principles of oil painting in an experimental and fun way. For those who wish to explore their creativity while painting, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate. All levels are welcome. Students will learn to harness components of painting such as the fundamentals of color mixing, composition, paint application, brush work, creating the illusion of light and depth, and creating texture, etc. During the six sessions each student whill develop their personal styles, and complete a beautiful painting. Each student can work from photos and other references such as magazine pictures or images from books. Allow Monique to provide you with valuable feedback and guidance in a structured but relaxed environment. Soon enough, you’ll master the art of oils and expertly depict and creatively interpret what you observe. Materials not included, however beginner oil painting kits are available for purchase.

Instructor: Monique Moniot Greathouse

Days and Times: (8 Week Course) Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


August 8, 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 12, 19, 26

Registration Deadline: August 1st

Fee: $200 Members / $210 Non-Members

(Fee does not include supplies. Please click here for supply list: Oil Series SUPPLY LIST)

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

  • Oct 7, 2017

Tentative 2017 Dates

Fall Dance Festival celebrates the visions and accomplishments of southern modern dance choreographers. Each professional choreographer selected for the festival will teach a master class and present excerpts of their work at the Formal Choreography Showcase. An Informal Choreography Showcase will also be held to provide emerging southern modern dance choreographers the opportunity to share their work-in-progress dance pieces with the local dance community and audiences. The vision of the festival is to promote the growth of a professional Gulf Coast dance scene and to build the awareness of dance as an art form for local audiences.

Offering professional level master classes and two choreographic showcases: Known Mass (New Orleans, LA), Tsunami Dance Company (New Orleans, LA), KM Dance Project (New Orleans, LA) and Summer Baldwin & Co. (Ocean Springs, MS).

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

  • Oct 13, 2017

The Mulligan Brothers is an Americana Folk-Rock band from Mobile, Alabama. In golfers’ terms, a “mulligan” is a second chance, and the band represents a second chance for each member of The Mulligan Brothers. Veterans of other bands, this is where they found the music they always wanted to play.

The songwriting and warm, honest, straight-to-the heart voice of lead singer of Ross Newell draws listeners into the group’s signature sound, where the harmonies of Greg DeLuca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan make the songs soar or haunt from the shadows. De Luca plays drums and Leininger is on the bass.Fiddler Melody Duncan recently joined the band, bringing a female voice and perspective.

The group’s latest single, “Divine Design,” is about being taken advantage of by the person you love. “The offender doesn’t see it as hurting someone else, but as helping himself or herself,” says Newell. “It is a terrible feeling and I want the song to create an awareness of what it is like to be treated that way, whether it is intentional or not. I want the listener to think if this is a song about them or the people around them. If this is divine design, then divine design is behind the times.”

I feel like a suit of second-hand armor. It can protect you but may never wear a shine. Every time you see me you know I’ll be there when you need me, never thinking of the dead man left inside. Pay no mind to the dead man left inside.“Divine Design”

“Writing songs is one of my favorite things, but I take a while to write a song,” says Newell. “If a line seems forced or anything but honest, then I have to scrap it. I have to live through something or feel strongly about it to add authentic details. I have to sing these songs hundreds of times a year and it is important to me to identify with that song every time. Fortunately the songs take on a life of their own and people are willing to listen and read more into the lyrics that what was said.”

“We have to make music that stays true to ourselves.”

The Mulligan Brothers have released two albums, The Mulligan Brothers and Via Portland (recorded in Portland with Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin) and will soon release a Live from The Netherlands album, recorded during the recent tour that included shows at the famed Paradiso in Amsterdam and a spot on The Ramblin’ Roots Festival in Utrecht. They currently have over two million plays on Spotify, including over 1 million of the song Lay Here.

The band kicks of 2017 with a return to the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida ,an appearance on Music City Roots Nashville, and are excited to return to Ireland for January-February tour dates followed by a spot on Cayamo A journey Through Song a 7 day Roots Music Cruise in the company of such artists as Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle.

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

  • Nov 3, 2017

Blood Country tells the true story of events which took place in and around Lawrence County, Mississippi in 1884, based on the short story by Robert E. Jones titled “The Outlaw, the Sheriff and the Governor”. The film is about a man accused of killing his brother and the honorable sheriff who has to bring him to justice. This Western film features actor Jeremy London, an Ocean Springs resident, and other talent from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.