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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!

Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 7 - 10 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

Age Group: 7-11

Rainbows provide a beautiful color palate in the sky, but did you know they can provide the same palate on your plate?  “Dining from the Rainbow” Culinary Camp will be remarkable journey of learning about different colored foods-what they taste like and all the nutrients they provide for your health.  Each day will unfold a beautiful color set of foods for you to dine on.  The student chefs will learn the essentials of kitchen safety and sanitation, reading recipes, mise en place, measuring ingredients, mixing ingredients, and cooking techniques.

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 8 - 13

Monday

Green Menu
Spinach Pinwheel Sandwiches
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies

Tuesday

Orange Menu
Honey Soy Salmon
Roasted Rosemary Root Vegetables
Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce

Wednesday

Yellow Menu
Turkey Wellington
Saffron Rice
Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcake

Thursday

Red Menu
Hot wings
Red Hot Smashed Potatoes
Cherry Pie

Friday

Purple Menu
Ratatouille
Purple Coleslaw
Blackberry Cobbler

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center's Wings Performing Arts have partner together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

Join Sarah Grammar, a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in theatre for a rollicking, musical version of the Lewis Carroll classic children's story.   

The class will culminate in 2 productions! Friday, July 27th, 6:00 PM -7:00 PM and Saturday, July 28th, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM.

Please note that each camper will get 2 free tickets. General Admission: $10

Instructor: Sarah Grammar

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

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Back this year by popular demand: Paper Dolls camp! Students will design and color their own paper dolls and accessories. The students name their dolls, assign them careers and hobbies, and develop accessories and wardrobe to match. Safety scissors used for younger students, and assistance is provided as needed with cutting.
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 6-9

Students will explore photography as creative expression by developing powers of observation and applying the basic elements of visual design. We’ll find new ways to look at the world around us, discuss elements of design in existing photographs, and then create our own work to discuss. Students must provide their own cameras, of any kind.

Instructor: Diane DeCesare Ross

Age Group: 11-15

The Mississippi Song Writers Alliance, The Mary C and the R&B Feder Foundation present Abe Patrich.

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

Age Group: 9-15

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

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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

Age Group: 7-11

Individual Classes - 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.

Instructor: Shirley Cahela

Ages: 12 & up

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

*All tools and supplies are provided and included in the fee.

*Groups or jewelry parties by appointment.

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center's Wings Performing Arts have partner together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

This fun-filled Musical Theatre Camp open to experienced actors as well as first-time performers. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

Come and see the wonderful production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. that the Summer Campers have completed.

The Camp is a fun-filled Musical Theatre Camp open to experienced actors as well as first-time performers. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

Please note that each camper will get 2 free tickets.

Are you new to Ocean Springs? Have you been here for a while and you still are not sure what all is going on? Would you like to find more activities to do, groups to belong to, and ways to connect with your community? If so, join The Mary C, The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, The YMCA, and other city and government officials in our first “Welcome to Ocean Springs” event. There will be refreshments in Becky’s Kitchen, a discussion of the upcoming events in the city and groups to get involved in, and a tour and activities at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, and more.

Shea Dobson, Mayor, The City of Ocean Springs
Cynthia Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
Geri Straight, City of Ocean Springs, Parks & Recreation
Joey Conwill, YMCA
Carolyn Clark, The Mary C

Price: Free, Please RSVP to info@themaryc.org

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
Registration Deadline: July 31st

 

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
Registration Deadline: August 1st

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

For those who have mastered the basics, explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Build upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures and lighting.  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 continuing classes, this will enable you to build your own path to improving your pencil drawing techniques!

Supply list will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Registration Deadline: August 1st

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.

All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Dates: Monthly
Ages: 12 and up
Registration Deadline: August 1st

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.

All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Dates: Monthly
Ages: 12 and up.
Registration Deadline: August 2nd

Join Wes Lee, Libby Rae Watson, Bill Steber and Rambling Steve Gardner for an evening of great entertainment!

Join Dr. Donald Del Cid for a discussion of the Mayan cultural and architectural accomplishments and their vanishing.

“Pulitzer Prize-winning” evening and after-party with The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. Following the live radio show enjoy the evening with author Jack E Davis, songwriter Molly Thomas, and special guest New Orleans Funkmaster Jon Cleary.

Author Jack E. Davis

Jack E. Davis is the author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, (Liveright/W.W. Norton). His book, an environmental and cultural/political history of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pleistocene to the present, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History. Hailed as a “nonfiction epic” it is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea'” (Wall Street Journal).

Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulf Coast vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and well told story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone'” (Bill McKibben).

Davis is also the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (Univ. of Georgia Press) a dual biography of the America’s premier wetlands and the woman who led a movement to save it. The book received the gold medal in the nonfiction category at the Florida Book Awards.

Davis is a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida. He grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

Music - Jon Cleary and His Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Grammy-winner Jon Cleary is a keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist from New Orleans. After thirty-five years in the Crescent City, his sound has evolved into a gumbo of ‘70s soul, gospel, funk, Afro-Caribbean and other influences.

In 1980 as an 18-year-old, Cleary left his native England for New Orleans equipped only with the telephone number of the Maple Leaf music venue. From there he eventually found work with such acts as Snooks Eaglin, Earl “Trick Bag” King, and Johnny Adams. Following a decade as keyboardist for Bonnie Raitt’s band, Cleary now fronts his own band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Cleary’s albums include his latest, released in July, Dyna-Mite (Thirty Tigers) plus previous discs, Live at Chickie Wah Wah and GoGo Juicewhich won the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2016.
“Music isn’t a choice for me,” Cleary says. “It’s a bodily function.”

Molly Thomas and the Rare Birds

Molly Thomas is an Ocean Springs-native songwriter-violinist-guitarist now based in Fairhope, Ala. She has toured extensively with artists such as Todd Snider, Will Hoge and Matthew Ryan. She now tours with her own band, the Rare Birds. Thomas’ CDs include Make Everything Bright(co-produced with Robert Plant drummer Marco Giovino) and Shoot the Sky. She is currently finishing up a new release forthcoming this year.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" as well as HAIR’s 50th anniversary, the first rock musical, book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni.

Hair is a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s. By telling the story we gain a further understanding of free love and equal rights for those of all races and sexual orientation. The events and ideologies of HAIR mirror what was happening during Vietnam era United States. Characters used drugs and profanity, disrespected the US flag, and provided a theatrical scope on the environment a considerably broken nation was breeding at that point in time. Many people were anti-establishment, actively opposing mainstream political, social, and/or economic values.

Join Dr. Donald Del Cid for a discussion on the latest climatic change and Its modern consequences.