Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

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

Mary C. Staff
Sarah Qarqish, Arts & Culture Coordinator

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 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.  Call 228-875-6732 for more information.


Upcoming Mary C. Events:

-A Night of Art Under the Oaks
May 21, 2021 6:00pm to 10:00pm
For more information please click HERE.


The Trent Lott Theater at the Mary C

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