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

  • Jun 1, 2017

Join David Delk, Karen Abernathy and Jonathan Brannon for all new music by The Coast Big Band.

The Coast Big Band is a Mississippi Gulf Coast 20 plus piece big band orchestra whose music is a strong mix of big band dance music, pop tunes, soulful and hot vocals, Latin tunes, and jazz standards.

In the tradition of great big bands, The Coast Big Band consists of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums with vocalists.

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

  • Jun 2, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017

Block 1

  • All Are Welcome Here –  filmmaker Vincento Mistretta in attendance.
  • Some Freaks
  • Friday, June 2
  • 7-9pm

Block 2

  • Refuge
  • The Fox and the Whale
  • Joel Blass – with special guests in attendance from the film.
  • Saturday, June 3rd
  • 10am to noon

Block 3

  • Firemax – Producer in attendance. 
  • Breakfast
  • Otha Turner
  • Broken Paths
  • Don’t Come Around Here
  • Saturday, June 3rd
  • 12:45pm-2:45pm

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

The focus of the camps will be on 2D art forms that are exampled by Masters who are recognized in present times through their works that were accomplished in historic eras.  The student artists will work in studio each day to complete a work that is influenced by the Master Artist of the Day.  Mediums will include colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, markers, crayon, and papers. 

Each day, campers will complete at least one work and will have opportunity to work on a second piece.  

Instructor: Anita Weems

Ages: 8-15

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

Children 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: 7-10

Registration Deadline:  May 29th

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

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 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: May 29th

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

  • Jun 9, 2017

Orff Workshop

Mark Hugh Malone, Ph.D., William Carey University

Day/Date: Friday, June 9th

Time: 9am-12pm, 1 hour lunch, 1-4pm

Current Music Education Philosopher, David Elliott espouses a Praxial Music approach, indicating that music is a practice, it is something humans do. And, the best way to learn music is by “making music!” The new 2014 National Standards for Music Education places a firm emphasis on creating music, encouraging improvisation and composition as early as Pre-K continuing through 12th grade. In a performance-driven music focus in the 21st century, how is it possible for teachers to encourage students to make music creatively?

Engage in hands-on creative learning through the Orff Approach to music education. Carl Orff’s ideas that combine rhythmic activity, movement, and improvisation through singing, playing recorder, dance, and playing the barred-instruments he developed for use with children are so positively compelling for students and teachers, alike. Below are topics to be experienced:

  • 1-Recognizing rhythmic patterns, steady-beat, rhymes and rhythms for clapping and
  • patting,
  • 2-Solfege Singing
  • 3-Recorder Improvisation and playing
  • 4-Movement Activities
  • 5-Dance
  • 6-Creative Improvisation (instant drama)
  • 7-Games
  • 8-Adding Orff rhythm, music, movement to story books

 Dr. Mark Malone holds Orff Level Three Certification and has over 40 years of music teaching experience in public schools, community college, and university settings. Having led hundreds of workshops for teachers, Dr. Malone also is a frequent faculty member with the Whole Schools Summer Institute that encourages teachers to present basic subject matter through the arts.

 Formerly Director of Choral Music at Pearl River Community College, Malone’s ensembles have performed in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, as well as in London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Cardiff.

 Dr. Malone is currently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. He has partnered with the MS Arts Commission three times, serving as Coordinator for The Choral Music of William Grant Still Project, Curriculum Designer for The MS Blues Trail and Beyond, and Writer/Creator of The Mississippi Bicentennial Journey, 1817-2017: A Curriculum, is a frequent adjudicator of choral festivals/showchoir contests, and has served as a member of the State Music Standards Revision Committee.

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

  • Jun 13, 2017 - Jun 15, 2017

There are 22 spots available for the mini camp and we will accept registration up until June 5th. Last year’s camp at the Mary C. was incredibly fun and we anticipate an equally exciting time again on June 13, 14, and 15. Art day will include pottery with Mrs. Reva.  Drama class will be led this year by the theater teacher from East Central and music masters Double Dee will be back with us again this year!

The cost to attend camp is $60.00 and that includes the art supplies and a t-shirt.  The evening of the 15th will end with the monthly Songs & Stories show inside the theater. That show begins at 7:00 pm and is over at 8:00 pm.  There is no cost for attending the show!   If you are not familiar with Songs & Stories you can catch this month’s featured artist on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm.

To register for the art camp, please print out the registration form, complete the form and send it back to us with payment in the amount of $60.00 payable to South MS SNO.  The mailing address is 2917 Holden Drive, Vancleave, MS 39565.  If you wish to make payment via PayPal our account can be found via southmssno@gmail.com