The Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center

Welcome to the Mary. C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center

2021 Summer Class Roster - Now Available


To view the Summer Class Roster please click HERE!

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center summer class roster is now available! Classes include Young Chef, Cake Decorating, Pearl Tying, Photoshop, Sewing, School of Rock and much more!

To register for summer classes please use the link below. Reference number MUST include the class name (ex. Pop Idol or Irish Dancing). You need to include your name, phone number and email address. For questions please call 228-875-6732 or email

Mary C. Staff
Sarah Qarqish, Arts & Culture Coordinator

Alexis Montgomery, Administrative Assistant

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is the keystone of the public arts community in Ocean Springs. Affectionately known around town as The Mary C, it is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building located in downtown Ocean Springs. 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, fired by Peter Anderson and now lovingly restored and protected. Inside the Cultural Center, you’ll find two art galleries featuring beautiful local artwork and the Ocean Springs History Museum. 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!

Open Tuesay-Friday 10 am-4 pm

Call 228-875-6732 for more information


Upcoming Events at the Mary C:

Books & Brunch

B.A.R. Arts Collective Presents: Books & Brunch
June 12, 2021 11:00am to 2:00pm
For more information click HERE. 



You're invited to our Beer Garden themed Firefly on July 8th! There will be live music, a glassblowing class, light activities, and refreshments available for sale. Make sure to come out for an evening of relaxation and fun!

Trent Lott Theater


The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center was the original school building for the City of Ocean Springs. The building has been restored and the original theater has been completely modernized. The Trent Lott Theater is a very well-appointed space with excellent acoustics. There is a large amount of space backstage and it has excellent sound and lighting systems.

383 Seating Capacity
272 Seats on Lower Floor
111 Seats on Upper Balcony
4 Handicapped Areas Available on Lower Floor

Rooms, Studios, and Galleries Available!


Albert Duckett Gallery
Pottery Studio
Culinary Arts Cafe
HOSA Conference Room
Scharr - Ello Recording Studio
Jimmy C. Trainer Performing Arts Room
J.K. & Eleanor Lemon Woodcarving & Sculpture
Elizabeth Lemon Roberts Education Room
Hayne Rudolf Studio, Papier Mache & Sculpture
Ocean Springs History Museum
Ocean Springs History Museum
Ocean Springs History Museum
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1800, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-1800
Delivery Address: 1018 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564