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

  • 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

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until September 26, 2017

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

Registration Deadline: August 1st

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

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

  • Aug 25, 2017

Girls Night in France with Julia Child

 Menu

Fresh Baked Bread with Compound Butter

Shellfish Quiche

Potatoes Anna

Coq au Vin Chicken (chicken in red wine with onion, mushrooms, and bacon)

Wine Poached Pears Baked in Meringue with a Wine Custard Sauce

(Wine and beer will be available buy the glass at an additional cost for all Friday night demo classes.)

Instructor: Chef Cheri

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

  • Aug 26, 2017

Join Chef Jo for this fun hands on experience into the world of bread making. You may get dusted with flour, but by the end of the class you’ll be on your way to making the perfect loaf of bread for any occasion.

Breads:

Italian
Focaccia
Artisan

Ages: 11 & up

Registration Deadline: August 19th

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

  • Aug 26, 2017

Author: Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Big World (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2009), and Always Happy Hour (Liveright, 2017), as well as a novel, The Last Days of California (Liveright, 2014). Her stories have appeared in the Oxford American, New Stories from the South, McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, and many others. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. She currently lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is on faculty at the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women.

Music: Blackwater Brass - an Ocean Springs based 10 piece funk and jazz band. Blackwater Brass has been heavily influenced by New Orleans style funk mainstays like The Meters, Galactic, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, but regularly drops in hints from many genres across the spectrum from gospel to EDM as well as a mix of fun pop covers throughout a performance.

Music: Jamell Richardson - 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.

Once the show is over mingle with the cast and crew while enjoying the fabulous food from Bayview Gourmet.

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

  • Aug 31, 2017

Opening Reception

Geoff was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta, as well as abroad in Tokyo, Norway and Austria.  For his Magic Lanterns project and exhibition, Geoff chose a universally entertaining subject, ghost stories, to explore his fascination with the concept of time. The exhibition consists of a three-room diorama set which presents a ghost story in 7th scale miniature. There are twenty paintings, each setting the stage for a classic style ghost story which unfolds in the Magic Lanterns book that accompanies the project.  A soundtrack will also play as a backdrop for the show.

Refreshments served.

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

  • Sep 5, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017

This course combines foundational principles of actor training with advanced techniques for making compelling choices in a professional setting. Students will be asked to expand their creative potential through conventional warm-ups, practical exercises, and directorial feedback from the instructor. The course work will highlight the differences between two actors self-consciously “performing” for an audience and two actors authentically engaged in spontaneous communion.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 14-Adult

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

  • Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Harness the acting tools you already possess to express ideas, transform into characters and tell moving stories. Gain skills in creative thinking and public speaking, building confidence in yourself and your craft. Develop clear and expressive physicality and vocal technique. Through improvisation and short scenes, use those skills to take risks, make strong character choices, develop character relationships and pursue objective.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 8-13

Registration Deadline: August 30th

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

  • Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Each month students will prepare and rehearse the music and choreography to a different Broadway showstopper.  This class is a great opportunity for performers of all ages sharpen their acting, singing and dancing skils as they work toward becoming true triple threats.  The students will present their work for family and friends on the final class day each month.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 6-11

Registration Deadline: August 30th

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

  • Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017

Each month students will prepare and rehearse the music and choreography to a different Broadway showstopper.  This class is a great opportunity for performers of all ages sharpen their acting, singing and dancing skils as they work toward becoming true triple threats.  The students will present their work for family and friends on the final class day each month.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Ages: 12-Adult

Registration Deadline: August 31st

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

  • Sep 8, 2017

Dinner from the Azores Islands

Cooking that is native to the Azores Islands, an Autonomous Region of the country of Portugal. Azorean cuisine is a rich, hearty, peasant-based style of cooking. Its flavors sing of seafood, spicy stews, sweet desserts and rich dairy products, among many others.

Menu:

Octopus on a bed of esparregado (Fried Greens)

Braised Beef w/ Pork & Portuguese Beans

Fresh Baked Rolls

Zulmira Cake w/ Brillant Sun Frosting

(Wine and beer will be available by the glass at an additional cost for all Friday night demo classes.)

Instructor: Chef Cheri

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

  • Sep 13, 2017

Does your child show an interest in cooking? If so, the first steps to becoming a great cook is to learn proper knife skills. Join Chef Cheri Hiers as she teaches the basic skills required in the kitchen.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Age: 8-13

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

  • Sep 14, 2017

The Guilded Age: Ocean Springs in the 1890s

Spend the afternoon at the Mary C with Registrar/Historian Dennis Walker and learn all the interesting facts about Ocean Springs in the 1890’s.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 7th

Ages: 8 -13

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

  • Sep 15, 2017

Summer is over and now Fall begins. Enjoy the last taste of Summer and have fun!

Menu:

End of Summer Salad
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken
Smokey Pecorino Grilled Corn
House-made Pickled Vegetables
Fresh Baked Rye Bread
Peach Cobbler w/ House-made Ice Cream
(Wine and beer will be available by the glass at an additional cost for all Friday night demo classes.)

Instructor: Chef Cheri

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

  • Sep 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017

Join Chef Cheri for this fun hands on class!

MENUS : TBA

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

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

  • Sep 30, 2017

Creative Movement with Summer Baldwin

Come explore all the different ways you can express yourself through the movement of your body! You will play fun dance games geared towards self-expression, improvisation, relaxation and experiencing the joy of movement with Summer Baldwin.

Ages: 5-12 (Beginner/ Intermediate)
Time: 10-11am

 

Somadances of Shin Somatics® with Kelly F. Lester

This class will explore elements of Shin Somatics® through its principals of Land to Water Yoga, Butoh imagery, and Chakra Unwinding. The class will explore how dance emerges through the deep awareness of the self and the present moment. The imagery will guide movement patterns and improvisations as the dancers explore personal expression and the bonds of community.

Ages: Teens and up – Intermediate Movers
Time: 11:15-12:15pm
 

Modern Dance Technique with Katie Erin Ginn

This modern dance technique class will place an emphasis on “falling”; how to fall correctly, what happens in the body during a fall, how impact affects the body and safe techniques for falling. Dancers will also learn the history and dance linage behind Katie Erin Ginn’s technical methods.

Ages: Teens and up – Intermediate/Advanced Dancers
Time: 12:30-1:30pm

 

Dance on Film for Dancers & Choreographers with Sharon Leahy

Take the first steps toward transferring your choreographic process from stage to film! Learn some simple techniques for beginning the journey toward creating dance for the camera. Both doing and watching involved; bring a camera if you have one.

Ages: Teens and up – All Levels
Time: 1:45-2:45pm

 

Share Dance Meetup for Dancers & Choreographers hosted by Mississippi Dance Leader Alliance

(Panel discussion and networking opportunity for dancers and choreographers)
Time: 2:45-3:30pm
Price: Free

Young Artists Showcase 

This is a showcase that features dance artists ages 17 and under! The young artists have either choreographed their own work or are performing work choreographed by an adult teacher or choreographer.

Time: 4:30pm
Price: Members: $10.00/ Non-Members: $15.00


Dance Film + Formal Choreography Showcase

Come out for an evening of original dance pieces and films by professional dancers, choreographers, educators and film makers. The pieces chosen for the festival highlight both emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and also seasoned professionals.

Time: 7:00pm
Price: Members: $15.00/ Non-Members: $20.00

Formal Choreography:

Kelly Ferris Lester and Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
Leif Anderson

Dance Films:

Ground Fine by Sharon Leahy
The You I See by Samantha Russell
Pack Light by Jeoffery Harris, Jr.

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

  • Oct 7, 2017

This hands on class will put a smile on any chocolate lovers face. Learn how to create delicious deserts using chocolate.

Menu:

Chocolate Butter Crunch
Chocolate Lovers Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
Chocolate Bacon, yes you will learn how to make Chocolate Bacon.

Instructor: Chef Jo

Ages: 11 & up

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

  • Oct 11, 2017

Deciphering the Past - D’Iberville’s Landing

Spend the afternoon at the Mary C with Registrar/Historian Dennis Walker and learn all the interesting facts that led up to the Landing of D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 4th

Ages: 8 -13

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

  • Oct 13, 2017

Fall Into the Arts with The Mary C. is a unique event that will bring together music, fine art and the culinary arts for a one night block party.

The event features the musical stylings of The Mulligan Brothers, a food tasting featuring Julian Brunt and an Art Drawdown featuring artist from across the country!

 Tickets includes admission to the show, food tasting and one complementary beverage (beer/wine).

In order to participate in the Art Drawdown (and walk away with a piece of art valued at $150 or more!) be one of only 90 people purchasing the coveted $100 ART tickets. This ticket allows you entry into the event, food tasting, two complementary beverages of your choice (beer/wine) AND a unique piece of art.

  • 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.

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

  • Nov 15, 2017

Deciphering the Past - The Native Americans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Learn about the Native Americans that lived on the Gulf Coast. We will learn about where they lived, their languages, their cultures, their clothing, their farming, gathering, and hunting, and the foods they ate.

Instructor: Dennis Walker

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 8th

Ages: 8 -13

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

  • Dec 16, 2017

Join us at the Mary C for a day of last minute shopping. Find that special something for that hard to buy for friend in your life.

Interested Vendors can purchase tickets below. Each spot is 10×10 (You supply your own tent and tables) (Limited access to electricity)

Booth Fee:

Members: $35
Non-Members: $45