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

  • Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017

There’s a new cooking class coming to the Mary C., but it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a from scratch class that will teach you new skills and recipes. When you walk in, the ovens are turned on, grab a knife and help prep, make the stock, learn how to make the perfect roux, and by the end of the class, sit down and enjoy a three-course meal that you helped create.

Also look for guest chef speakers, field trips to local farms, and talks by experts on subjects as varied as how to start a compost pile, to the nuances of a fine single barrel scotch.

Sound’s good, but you can’t make the 5:30 p.m. start time? We understand not everyone wants to get their hands dirty, so if you just want an overview, and a great meal, show up at 6:30 p.m. You’ll still have a great time, and come away with a few new ideas.

Prices for each class vary according to the menu. If we’re using Dale Steven’s heritage breed, free range pork, it’s going to cost you a little more, if we take you back in time and make shrimp boat spaghetti (an old Biloxi favorite), you won’t blink an eye at the price.

Classes sponsored by Deep South Culinary Adventures with local food writer and photographer Julian Brunt,and foodies Kimberly Wilson and Lesley Fenton. Be prepared to have a good time.

If you would like to include the Wines Pairing by Jonathan Maisano the additional fee is $10.00

Menus

June 8th
Cucumber Salad and Homemade Red Wine Vignette
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Spicy Hollandaise Sauce
Classic Creme Brulee

June 15th
BLT salad made with Benton’s Bacon (the best bacon in the world) and homemade ranch dressing
Mahi mahi En papillote (Mahi mahi roasted in parchment with julienne onions, bell peppers and fingerling potatoes)
Classic 1960s Watergate salad (pineapple, pistachio pudding, marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream)

June 22nd
Classic Italian tomato, basil and mozzarella bruschetta
Fresh made tomato sauce paired (contrasted) with a long cooked ragu, lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano and pasta finished in the sauce
Seasonal (probably blueberry) cobbler

June 29th
Kick ass deviled eggs
Sous vide fried chicken (the tenderest you have ever had) with pan gravy and sweet potato biscuits
Hummingbird cup cakes (pecans, banana, pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg)

Guest Chef: Julian Brunt with Kim Wilson or Leslie Fenton

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

If you know the basics of sewing, and taken intermediate sewing, then this is the next step to becoming a pro.

Instructor: : Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

Learn the basics of drawing and painting from life in this class that focuses on the fundamentals. Perfect for beginning artists.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-10

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

A very interactive, hands-on summer camp for children. Children will work side by side with a professional chef and learn the science of food. Each day we will do a different science experiment and link that experiment to the menu we are preparing for the day. There will be a take home from each class to re-emphasize the lesson for the day at home. The importance of safety and healthy food practices will also be taught.

Instructor: Chef Danie, Culinary Arts Instructor at Gulfport High and restaurant owner

Ages: 6 – 10 (Younger ages will be considered)

Registration Deadline: June 19th

Clean up will be taught at the end of every class to ensure proper sanitary techniques are employed. Hand washing as well as a safe and sanitary way to clean the kitchen

CLASS ONE – Monday - The Science of Making a Simple Dough.

 

  • Yeast and how it works
  • Children will learn the art of making pizza dough and a rustic sauce as well as simple knife skills to cut up toppings for pizzas.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experimentwith yeast
  • MENU – Mini pizzas with various toppings and breadsticks.
  • TAKE HOME – Pizza dough and sauce for another pizza!

 

CLASS TWO – Tuesday - Egg-cell-lent Eggs

  • Children will learn the importance of eggs in a balanced diet as a great source of protein.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experiment with eggs.
  • MENU – Easy omelets. Deviled eggs and easy scrambled eggs and fresh fruit salad.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh farm eggs and Milk.

CLASS THREE – Wednesday - Simple Fresh Market Soup

  • Children will learn the importance of eating whole fresh foods.
  • They would learn how to make good food choices in any situation. They would also learn how to make a simple soup out of fresh veggies from the market.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science of processed food Soda experiment.
  • MENU – Fresh Market Soup
  • TAKE HOME – A container of fresh soup.

CLASS FOUR –Thursday - Tasting without Smell

  • Children will learn the importance of the sense of smell on the flavor of food and how to cook with aromatics.
  • EXPERIMENT- Taste test without smell.
  • MENU – Fresh lemon curd – Stuffed mini potatoes w/ herbed chicken.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh lemon curd.

CLASS FIVE – Friday - Making Pasta

  • Children will learn the age old method of making fresh pasta and the easiest marinara sauce as well as the importance of picking fresh ingredients and eating correctly.
  • EXPERIMENT – How to tell if eggs are good or bad.
  • MENU– Fresh fettuccine pasta and an easy marinara sauce.
  • TAKE HOME– Fresh Pasta

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

One of our most popular summer camps! Throughout the week students will learn the proportions of the face, and how to shade and render features. Students will create two self portraits, one in graphite, and one painting.  A great class for a beginner artist!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 9-13

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

If you participated in a Basic Sewing class, this class is designed to hone your skills as well as teach you a few new techniques. Selecting a pattern, choosing material, cutting, sewing and finishing a project.. Students will complete approximately 4 projects during the week. Materials included in supply fee.

Instructor: : Becky Rutz & Gloria Gaines

Ages: 10 & up

Registration Deadline:  June 19th

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

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 30, 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: June 19th

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

A slightly more advanced version of art journaling – Teens will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 13-17

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

Kids will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 5-10

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 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 3rd

MENUS

Monday, July 10th

  • Pork Chops
  • Sautéed Apples
  • Grilled Corn
  • Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, July 11th

  • Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Vanilla Pudding

Wednesday, July 12th

  • Chili, Cornbread
  • Strawberry-Basil Crepes

Thursday, July 13th

  • Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Tortillas
  • Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Friday, July 14th

  • Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Chocolate Pudding

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

In this week-long workshop, students will learn songs and dances from Broadway’s biggest shows culminating in a revue show on the final day. Perfect for beginners and experienced performers alike, students will develop skills in character development and basic vocal and dance technique.  An all-singing, all-dancing week of musical theatre magic!

Instructor: Cliff Thompson, Lauren Simpson, Morgan Taylor

Ages: 11-17

Registration Deadline:  July 3rd

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

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

A very interactive, hands-on summer camp for children. Children will work side by side with a professional chef and learn the science of food. Each day we will do a different science experiment and link that experiment to the menu we are preparing for the day. There will be a take home from each class to re-emphasize the lesson for the day at home. The importance of safety and healthy food practices will also be taught.

CLASS ONE – Monday

  • The Science of Making a Simple Dough.
  • Yeast and how it works.
  • Children will learn the art of making pizza dough and a rustic sauce as well as simple knife skills to cut up toppings for pizzas.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experimentwith yeast
  • MENU – Mini pizzas with various toppings and breadsticks.
  • TAKE HOME – Pizza dough and sauce for another pizza!

CLASS TWO – Tuesday

  • Egg-cell-lent Eggs
  • Children will learn the importance of eggs in a balanced diet as a great source of protein.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science experiment with eggs.
  • MENU – Easy omelets. Deviled eggs and easy scrambled eggs and fresh fruit salad.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh farm eggs and Milk.

CLASS THREE – Wednesday

  • Simple Fresh Market Soup
  • Children will learn the importance of eating whole fresh foods. They would learn how to make good food choices in any situation. They would also learn how to make a simple soup out
  • of fresh veggies from the market.
  • EXPERIMENT – Science of processed food Soda experiment.
  • MENU – Fresh Market Soup
  • TAKE HOME – A container of fresh soup.

CLASS FOUR –Thursday

  • Tasting without Smell
  • Children will learn the importance of the sense of smell on the flavor of food and how to cook with aromatics.
  • EXPERIMENT- Taste test without smell.
  • MENU – Fresh lemon curd – Stuffed mini potatoes w/ herbed chicken.
  • TAKE HOME – Fresh lemon curd.

CLASS FIVE – Friday

  • Making Pasta
  • Children will learn the age old method of making fresh pasta and the easiest marinara sauce as well as the importance of picking fresh ingredients and eating correctly.
  • EXPERIMENT – How to tell if eggs are good or bad.
  • MENU– Fresh fettuccine pasta and an easy marinara sauce.
  • TAKE HOME– Fresh Pasta

Instructor: Chef Danie, Culinary Arts Instructor at Gulfport High and restaurant owner

Ages: 11 – 14

Registration Deadline: July 3rd

Clean up will be taught at the end of every class to ensure proper sanitary techniques are employed. Hand washing as well as a safe and sanitary way to clean the kitchen.

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

  • Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017

Join the kids from Sr. Follies Summer Acting Camp as they showcase their talents. There will be two performance times. Family, friends and general public welcome.

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

Older students will enjoy this week-long intensive workshop that culminates in performances of the ground-breaking Moises Kaufman play, The Laramie Project. Led by a team of professional stage and film actors trained in a variety of methodologies (including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Chekov and Margolis) this workshop is for the conscientious young actor interested in the theatre’s power to enact cultural change.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson, Sean Maurer, Ryan Reinike, James M. Taylor

Ages: 14-18

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 7 – 11 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 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

Days/Dates: Monday-Friday, July 17th-21st

Registration Deadline: July 10th

MENUS

Monday, July 17th

  • Pork Chops
  • Sautéed Apples
  • Grilled Corn
  • Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, July 18th

  • Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Vanilla Pudding

Wednesday, July 19th

  • Chili
  • Cornbread
  • Strawberry-Basil Crepes

Thursday, July 20th

  • Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Tortillas
  • Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Friday, July 21st

  • Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Chocolate Pudding

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

  • Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017

A collaboration with the Theatre Camp, students will learn to work together to develop concepts and design art for the Theatre Camp’s production of The Laramie Project. At the end of the week, students will get to see their ideas come to life on stage during the Theatre Camp’s performance. This class is perfect for the abstract-thinking teen!

Instructor: : Carmen Lugo

Ages: 12-17

Registration Deadline:  July 10th

  • 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

MENUS

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

  • 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).