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-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

  • Dec 5, 2017 - Feb 27, 2018

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use them in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Grades 1–6

Day/Dates:

Tuesday, December 5th, 12th, 19th

Registration Deadline: November 28th

Tuesday, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Registration Deadline: January 2nd

Tuesday, February 6th, 20th, 27th

Registration Deadline: January 30th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until February 27, 2018

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

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

Dates: (Individual Classes)

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

November 7th, 14th, 28th
December 5th, 12th, 19th
January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
February 6th, 20th, 27th

  1. (Groups / Jewelry Parties By Appointment)

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

  • Dec 6, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use them in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Dates: Monthly

Grades 1–6

Wednesday, December 6th, 13th, 20th

Registration Deadline: November 29th

Wednesday, January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Registration Deadline: January 3rd

Wednesday, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Registration Deadline: January 31st

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

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until March 21, 2018

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, we will explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Building upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures and lighting. We will explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction and interest.

For those interested in both classes, the second class will allow you to continue on your own path to improving your pencil drawing!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

6 Weeks Class

Registration Deadline: February 7th

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

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until February 28, 2018

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting! Whether you are looking to apply to a specialized art program, or just want to learn the fundamentals of drawing, this class is for you.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Requirement: 12 and Up

December  6th, 13th, 20th

Registration Deadline: November 29th

January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Registration Deadline: January 3rd

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Registration Deadline: January 31st

Supplies: All supplies and materials are provided

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

  • Feb 22, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Chicken Fried Steak with Pepper Gravy
Hashbrown Casserole
Green Beans
Lemon Rosemary Cookies

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

  • Feb 23, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018

Turn back the clock with The Mary C, as we return to a Legendary Mississippi Coast Landmark in our very special show ‘Gus Stevens Revisited’. Produced in co-operation with the Stevens Family, this show promises to bring back a time, place and style that has long ago vanished from the Gulf Coast. Starring Karen Abernathy, Elizabeth Ishee, Carolyn Martin and Michael Frome, this once-in-a-lifetime event will transport you back to the hottest spot on the Mississippi Coast, Gus Stevens Supper Club. Also featuring the Go-Go Burlesque of the Stevenettes (Presented by Bella Blue), this show will rekindle your memories of the golden age of the American Riviera.

A limited number of Special VIP Experience Tickets are on sale that will put you right on stage, in the middle of the action. These tickets include hors d’oeuvres inspired by the original Gus Stevens menus, as well as drink service right at your on-stage table. In addition to a special Q&A After the show!

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

  • Mar 1, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup
Herbed Cheese Biscuits
Mini Fruit Pie

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

  • Mar 2, 2018

It's the end of the week, therefore Friday's lunch should be special. 

Join guest Foodie, Kimmie Hargrove and learn how to cook a delightful Latin lunch while you eat!

Menu:

Queso Fundido & Tortillas
Goat Cheese & Cilantro Mousse
Caprese Bites
Tres Leches Cupcakes

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

  • Mar 3, 2018

There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a plate of homemade pasta. Join Chef Cheri in this hands-on class and learn the techniques to making fresh pasta.

Types of Pasta:

Fettuccine
Ravioli
Fresh Red Sauce
Alfredo 

Instructor: Chef Cheri

Ages: 14 and up

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

  • Mar 3, 2018

Latin Jazz artists from New Orleans, Carlos Valladares and Patrice Fisher performing a concert at The Mary C at 7pm that evening. Prior to that concert, we will have a workshop at 3pm. This will be a Music Art Therapy session focused on sharing, responsibility, and respect.

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

  • Mar 8, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Chicken Fried Steak 
Pepper Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Coke Cola Cake

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

  • Mar 10, 2018

Join the Craft Beer Revolution!

Local beer enthusiast & nano brewer, Trevor Smith, will share his knowledge on "everything craft beer" in a sampling & learning session of EIGHT different beer types, from robust & bold to hoppy & light. He will focus on the American style of brewing, and will feature both nationally known craft beers, as well as some of his VERY own Award winning small batch brews.

You will get to sample EIGHT 4-ounce pours! Trevor will walk you through tasting processes and explain flavor profiles for you to pick up on, as well as the individual nuances of each style. Class will finish up with a social time for questions and discussion.

By the end of class you will be an "A" student in American Craft Beer!

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

  • Mar 15, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Reuben Sandwich
Colcannon
Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Bailey's Cream Cheese Icing

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

  • Mar 15, 2018

Come join Jennifer Gladden & LOLA Fleur team and learn how to ‘roll’ your way to Sushi heaven! In this fun, hands-on ‘social hour’ cooking class, you’ll learn all the skills needed to make sushi-rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty neta (ingredients) to enhance your at-home dining experience. We will make inside and outside rolls, nigiri and sip on wine while we roll.

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

  • Mar 16, 2018

Films to be announced at a later date.

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

  • Mar 22, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Chicken Cordon Bleu 
Roasted Vegetables
Raspberry Madeline

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

  • Mar 23, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018

After her father dies unexpectedly, Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Based on Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel. Presented by Underground Theatre.

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

  • Mar 24, 2018

The Mississippi Theatre Association and The Mary C are proud to present a Theatre Teacher Workshop

Juniper Wallace, Mississippi Department of Education Theatre Arts Standards Chair, will present the new theatre standards and the curriculum guide that the committee is working on. Teachers will also have an opportunity to learn of opportunities at The Mary C and to brainstorm ways that teachers, MTA, and The Mary C can work together over the next year. Discounted tickets to The Underground Theatre’s production of “Fun Home,” and Hancock County Performing Arts Center’s “Seussical” will be provided to interested participants.

 

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

  • Mar 27, 2018

*This show is best suited for middle school and high school audiences.

Julius Caesar tells the tale of the fall of one of Rome’s greatest leaders. It is a political drama of the mighty brought low, but it is also a deeply personal tale of seduction and betrayal. As the play opens, Julius Caesar returns in triumph from a civil war. Even Caesar’s closest friends, fear this means the end of democracy in Rome. The crowds demand that Caesar be made a king. But crowds are often fickle, and there are many who think themselves clever enough to sway them. In the end, all audience members are invited to judge who indeed was “the noblest Roman of them all.”

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

  • Mar 29, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Chicken and Dumplings
with Mixed Vegetables
German Chocolate Cake

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

  • Apr 5, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato
Mixed Berry Sauce
Grilled Vegetables
Key Lime Pie

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

  • Apr 7, 2018

Roll your sleeves up and dive into the world of pastry making. 

Pastries:

Rough Puff Pastry
Fruit Pie
Beignets

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 14 & up

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

  • Apr 12, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Smoked Ham and Black Eye Peas
Cheddar Grit Cakes
Tomato Jam
Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

  • Apr 19, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Classic Patty Melt
German Potato Salad
Succotash
Mississippi Mud Cake

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

  • Apr 26, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Cajun Tomato Braised Chicken
Cheese Grits
Chess Pie

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

  • Apr 28, 2018

Mr. Jamell Richardson was born in Meridian, MS and raised in the small town of Butler, AL

Jamell’s musical journey all started shortly after the day he was born. His Grandmother who was a church pastor carried him to church with her every chance she could. By the age of one  Jamell, was already being influenced by all the church musicians, with his grandmother taking notice to his interest in music she decided to buy him his first guitar. By age 11 he was already an active studio and church musician as well as a vocalist. With his inspiration spawning from being raised in the church, Jamell groomed his skills playing behind numerous gospel quartet groups, from Rance Allen, Paul Beasley, to Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and a number of other well- known gospel acts. As he matured, Jamell began to expand his horizons by listening to B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Eric Johnson, and many more which lead to his growing interest in other genres especially the blues. By 2012 he was on the road touring and recording with the legendary Southern Soul Bluesman Mel Waiters. There is where he quickly began to shine being featured as Mel Waiters’ “Young Gun” and “Phenomenal Guitar Player” capturing every moment he was called on for his electric solos, he became a youtube sensation and one of the most memorable parts of the show.  Fall 2013 with Jamell’s music career taking off he also got introduced to acting, when he was cast as guitarist Jimmy Nolen in the upcoming movie “Get On Up,” (August 1, 2014 – Produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer- Featuring, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis) Not only did Jamell play James Brown’s long time friend and musician Jimmy Nolen, but he also worked as the movie’s guitar instructor and coach. He taught everyone from Top 10 Billboard recording artist Aloe Blacc to Keith Robinson (Dream Girls), and a number of other cast members from the film. So far in his short career as a musician he has had the opportunity to share the stage with legends such as Bobby Womack, Lenny Williams, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Al Green, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Millie Jackson, and many more blues legends.

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

  • May 3, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Fried Catfish and Sauce
Tomato Pie
Wilted Greens
Root Beer Cupcakes

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

  • May 5, 2018

Learn the ins and outs to cooking perfect Mexican cuisine.

Menu:

Fresh Tortillas
Garlic Salsa Shredded Chicken
Guacamole
Black Bean Tostadas
Tres Leche Cake

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 14 & up

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

  • May 10, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Flank Steak Salad 
Tomatillo Dressing
Fresh Tortillas
Butter Pudding

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

  • May 11, 2018

THE TAKEOVER actually stars a 9-month-pregnant woman playing a 9-month-pregnant woman in an off the wall, no-holds-barred comedy! Prepare to laugh harder than ever before as you surrender to The Takeover. She's expecting, but you'll never know what to expect in this hillarious, bold, poignant production.

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

  • May 17, 2018

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Pepper Jelly BLT
Sweet Potato Fries
Lemon/Lime Cupcakes with
Blackberry Buttercream

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

  • May 18, 2018

A 1980s crime tale based on true events concerning the Dixie Mafia.