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

  • Apr 27, 2017

St. Martin High School attended District VIII Choral Festival at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Friday 2/10/2017.  This contest is sponsored by the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Music Educator’s Association.

St. Martin High School Choir received the following:

  • 4 Trophies for 4 Superiors in the following:
  • SAB Chorus (SMHS Choir)
  • Madrigal (SMHS Madrigal)
  • Sextet (SMHS Sextet)
  • Sightreading

The SMHS Choir has been invited to State Competition for one of the following dates : March 7-9, at Pearl High School, Pearl, MS.

The St. Martin High School Choir has had the opportunity to participate in the following performances during this 2016-17 School Year:

University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Invitational Choral Conference – USM Hattiesburg,; Gulf Coast Messiah Performance, Biloxi, MS.; Festival of Choirs – Gulfport High School – Sponsored by USM;  Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights; District VIII Choral Festival, Pearl River Community College; State Choral Festival, Pearl High School; The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS

The SMHS choir is a group of musicians with a heart for performance, friends, fun, enthusiasm, creativity, music, voice and movement, entertainment superior!

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

  • May 2, 2017 - May 4, 2017

Poets are unique folks who live with a passion for words. What do they read? How do they live and think? What do poets write? Join us for a fun, interactive workshop to explore these intriguing questions! Participants will get the full “Poet Experience” in three interactive classes:

Instructor: Kristina Mullenix


  • Day 1: Workshop Discussion: We’ll learn basic poetry points on reading, writing, thinking, and living like a poet.
  • Day/Date: Tuesday,  May 2nd
  • Time: 11am-noon


  • Day 2: Writing Lab: An on-hands, interactive exploration with several poetry writing exercises.
  • Day/Date:  Thursday, May 4th
  • Time: 10:30am-noon


  • Day3: Poetry Showcase: Let’s get together & share your poem, or one you love! Bring your friends and family. Light refreshments.
  • Thursday, May 4th
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 25th

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

  • May 13, 2017

Halston, a nationally renowned tribute artist, will be giving a one time performance that takes show-goers on a romantic and nostalgic journey through many of the most celebrated love songs of the Great American Songbook.

Halston’s stunning tribute to the iconic Sinatra is a fresh interpretation of the beloved music that fans know so well by the Chairman of the Board. Show-goers and their significant others can look forward to experiencing Halston’s smooth ribbon of sound and legendary stage presence. This romantic tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Halston comes to the Mary C. with an impressive pedigree. Past noteworthy performances include working an array of special events, weddings, theatres and casinos coast to coast leaving audiences thrilled and stunned. Halston has even performed for Barbara Sinatra, who was brought to tears and touched by his rendition of the song My Way.

Not only has Halston delivered a command performance for Mrs. Sinatra, he has also entertained Jeanne Martin (Mrs. Dean Martin), recording artist Michael Feinstein and Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, among other notables.

  • 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