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

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

A center for arts with a beautiful lobby area which houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile murals painted by James McConnell Anderson and fired by Peter Anderson. Mon-Sat 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

  • Sep 23, 2017

Join Guest Chef Jo as she starts her International Culinary Series with a trip to Mexico in this hand on class you will learn the secrets to making the perfect Mexican meal.


Jicama Salad
Homemade Tortillas
Pico de Gallo
Authentic Chicken Tacos

Instructor: Chef Jo

Ages: 11 & up

Registration Deadline: September 16th

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

  • Sep 28, 2017

Donald donated his professional architectural library to the Mary C. for the benefit of the community.

The library among others, encompasses publications about architecture, history, historic preservation, astro-archaeology, environment, The Maya, Native America, Columbus, construction science, tropical architecture, Landscape Architecture, historic fortifications, and a number of essays and academic reports executed by his students at Tulane University, The University of Texas at Arlington and the Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala.

Donald is initiating a series of lectures related to Ocean Springs and the topics included in his library, as well as, escorted tours and visits to thematic sites in Ocean Springs, adjacent places, other regions of The United States and the Caribbean. Donald also started a series of colloquia at the Mary C. where topics related to architecture, preservation and the environment will be discussed as a colloquium with the attendants.

Please RSVP to by September 25th

Light Refreshments will be served.

Donald Del Cid is internationally recognized in the fields of tropical and vernacular architecture, historic preservation, natural disasters and environmental concerns. He is also known for his work in earthquake mitigation, energy conservation, and traditional construction systems. He has been practicing and teaching architecture and historic preservation in the USA, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and has lectured in numerous locations around the world. A graduate of La Universidad de San Carlos de Borromeo in Guatemala, he later attended the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York, England, followed by The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); in Rome, Italy.

Mr. Del Cid has also served as an educator at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM, Rome, Italy – a UNESCO-founded institute. At Tulane University’s School of Architecture in New Orleans, he co-founded the Master in Preservation Studies program. At The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture he served as adjunct professor where he taught design studios related to architecture, interior design, industrial archaeology and initiated architectural programs in Historic Preservation and Tropical Architecture.

Through years of professional experience, Mr. Del Cid also has a keen ability to interface with a variety of disciplines. Currently Donald is collaborating with Waggonner & Ball Architecture-Environment in New Orleans where they are engaged in planning issues for coastal cities around the world threatened by flooding and sea-level rise.

Donald and Dianne del Cid reside in Ocean Springs where they opened ‘Architerra of Ocean Springs’, an Architectural and Landscaping enterprise.

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

  • Sep 28, 2017

As part of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration, the Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, will present the photography exhibit “Customs on the Mississippi Coast” from Sept. 28 to Nov. 30, 2018, at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, Miss.

This exhibit is a curated showcase of photographs that highlights the variety of customary traditions practiced in the coastal region of the state. The four traditions featured in the exhibit include spoken word poetry at Da Wall Lounge in Gulfport, the Biloxi Second Liners Mardi Gras Club, the Blessing of the Fleet ritual as well as the customs of decorating graves and participating in mass on All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day in Bay St. Louis.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to partner with the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to present these photos that depict the unique cultural traditions of the people of Mississippi, traditions unique to our state that serve to enliven and unify our communities,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “An important part of our work at MAC is to document these traditions and make resources available to ensure their survival.”

During the reception, representatives from each tradition will be present to share stories and educate the public about their traditional practices in a facilitated discussion.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and funded through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Light Refreshments Served *Donations Welcomed

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

  • Sep 28, 2017

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


  • Black and Blue Burger Bombs on a Bed of Caramelized Onions
  • Tomato Pie
  • Peanut Butter Cookies

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

  • Sep 29, 2017

Join Chef Cheri in Becky’s Kitchen for a memorable culinary experience.


  • Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, Baby Swiss Kolache
  • Stewed Potatoes
  • Roasted Beets
  • Apple Pie

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

  • Oct 7, 2017

Join Pat Labrano and learn the secret to making the perfect Gumbo.


Potato Salad
Sweet Tea

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

  • Oct 7, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017

The introductory course to Improv will focus on the fundamentals of building a scene, the three “rules” of improv, and engaging in group mentality. Level emphasizes getting out of one’s head, listening to your scene partners, and discovering the basics of what makes a scene happen. In the four weeks of this class, you will learn scenework, character work, the differences of Short form and Long form improv, and how to discover and cultivate your own personal “style” of improvisation.

Instructor: Tyler Howard

Ages: 13-Adult

October sessions Registration Deadline: September 30th

November sessions Registration Deadline: November 4th


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

  • Oct 18, 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

  • Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

Discover exciting new ways to add texture and mystery to painterly compositions with a variety of image transfer techniques. Drawing on varied sources such as personal snapshots, found images or old family photographs, students will learn how to skillfully blend these images into a painterly surface, creating expressive and evocative compositions. Emphasis will be placed on class demonstrations combined with individualized instruction as students become proficient with each technique.

Day 1 :

Hour 1 :

  1. Introduction to image transfer.

Workshop goals and expectations.

  1. Demonstration of Wintergreen Oil technique on pre-painted under painting on 12X12 panel. Students follow with handout.

*Discuss under painting (light/warm colors are best to begin with – orange/tan/yellow – use of line and demarcation.
*Type of copy used (basic black and white xerox-carbon ink-no inkjet-no actual photo). Reverse image.
*Other materials needed (burnishing tool, wintergreen oil, soft cloth, masking tape.)
*Placing the copy – Masking tape for registration.
*Application of oil-separating paper from surface-work in roughly 5×5 sections.
*Burnishing – Multi-directions – Cut off section when finished.

  1. Discuss image creation (using my demo as example)

*Importance of high contrast to distinguish features. Deep blacks and plenty of white areas to allow paint underneath to show through.
*What is white in the image becomes the color underneath it. Transparency. What is black blocks color underneath.
*Transparency and the blending of image with paint creates the magic trick. Just enough dark tone to define the image are needed.

  1. Students begin using provided images to practice the wintergreen oil technique.

Hour 2 :

  1. Students continue practice of wintergreen oil technique (with instructor assistance) and begin to prepare their 12X12 panel with an underpainting.

Hour 3 :

  1. Students finish under painting on their 12X12 panel (with instructors suggestions and assistance) and begin to incorporate image transfer.

*Make certain under painting is COMPLETELY DRY (use hair dryer) before beginning transfer.

Hour 4 :

  1. Students work on 12X12 panel with instructor guidance and assistance.
  2. During final 20 minutes of the day : field trip to IP Gallery to locate and discuss ways in which the Wintergreen oil transfer was used in the exhibition’s paintings.


Day 2 :

Hour 1 :

  1. Building upon the panel created in the previous instructor’s demonstration (wintergreen oil), three additional techniques will be briefly introduced during this first hour.

*Gel Transfer, Silk Tissue Transfer, Transparency Transfer. Student Handouts.
*Unlike the use of Wintergreen Oil, these techniques allow the use of color imagery.
*Briefly describe/demo how each image is prepared.
*Discuss types of ink used (see chart handout)
*Note that the importance of high contrast and plenty of white space (to allow imagery underneath to show through) remains a constant with each technique.
*Note that all of these processes may be used on top of one another, interchangeably, as well as painted on top of … LAYERING, LAYERING … CREATES THE MAGIC.

Hour 2 :

  1. Students continue work on final 12X12 workshop painting with instructor assistance and input. Pre-prepared example imagery will be provided to incorporate techniques used in this day’s demo if the students would like to try these in their final paintings.

Hour 3 :

  1. Students continue work on final 12X12 workshop painting with instructor assistance and input. Pre-prepared example imagery will be provided to incorporate techniques used in this days demo if the students would like to try these in their final paintings.

Hour 4 :

  1. Students complete final 12X12 painting for the workshop.
  2. Take a moment for students to step around the room and see the completed accomplishments of other students.
  3. Time Permitting : Quick and brief demonstration of resin coating (clear shine finish)
  4. Time Permitting : field trip over to the IP Gallery to identify use of gel transfer, silk tissue transfer and transparency transfer in the exhibition. Take note that visually, the techniques sometimes yield similar results and therefore the method chosen is often a personal preference.