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 Tuesday-Friday 10 am-4 pm

Call 228-875-6732 for more information


Upcoming Events at the Mary C:

Build Your Own Longboard Class

The HannaBerry Workshop has been making creative, heirloom quality objects for the last 8 years. They want to teach anyone 13 and up how to apply their expertise into building their very own longboard completed with their own graphic designs and artwork!

The class will be held August 7-8th from 9AM - 12PM! The class fee is $250! Click the "Summer class registration and payment here" button above to sign up!

Create Your Own Glass Vase

Join Swamp Girl Glass for a unique experience!

Students will learn how to glass-blow their own vase! Students will sign up for a 30 minute time slot between the hours of 9AM - 4PM on August 14th! The class fee is $70. To register, please click the "summer class registration and payment" button above! Put "Create Your Own Glass Vase" in the 'Reference Number' blank, and then you will be contacted by the Mary C to pick your time slot!

CHEF Chick-a-D Farms Brunch

Join Chef D with some special feathered guests for brunch at the Mary C on August 15th from 10AM - 2 PM!

Chef D will be providing a true farm to table experience with a cook-to-order omelet station using farm fresh eggs, breakfast sides, and sweet breakfast pastries. Brunch tickets are $25/person. Please register for brunch by clicking the "summer class registration and payment here" button above!

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
2nd Floor West Classroom
Culinary Arts Cafe
HOSA Conference Room
2nd Floor East Classroom
Local Creatives Art Gallery
2nd Floor Middle Classroom
Trent Lott Theater
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