The Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center

Contact Us

If you would like to contact this department, please use the information below to reach out directly.

(228) 875-6732Phone

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

2022 Summer Camps - Now Available


To view the Summer Camps & Class Roster please click HERE!

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center summer camp and class roster is now available and continuing to grow! Camps & Classes include Sculpting in Clay, Junior Sewing Camp, Open Paint Studio, MC Junior Art Camp, Irish Dancing, Little Italy, Sip & Succulents, Developing the Creative Writer Workshop, Little Rhythm Makers and much more!

To register for summer camps and  classes please use the link below to our website! Just choose the category you’re interested in and then choose the class you want to participate in!

Mary C. Staff
Sarah Qarqish, Arts & Culture Coordinator

Alexis Montgomery, Administrative Assistant

Bryan Butler, Technical Director

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 383 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:

The FIREFLY: Open House

Bring your family & friends and join the Mary C at The FIREFLY: Open House!
From 6-7PM, the Mary C will be open to tour and check out all we have accomplished in the past year of being open.
From 7-9PM, there will be live music by Nic Nall, tasty treats for sale by Chef Clay Barney, free art activities with Danea Israel-Brown, and cool refreshments for sale by Pop Brothers.

Mark your calendars to be at the Mary C on July 14th from 6-9PM to celebrate our 1 year of being re-open!



Songs & Stories

Join the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance at 7PM on June 16th to welcome another songwriter to the next Songs & Stories at the Mary C!

Admission is free!


Kings of Cowtippin' Comedy Tour

For the first time ever, William Lee Martin and Cledus T. Judd are on the road together. Don't miss the Kings of Cowtippin' live in this limited engagement combining stand-up comedy & music.

VIP tickets includes a pre-show meet & greet with William and Cledus plus a VIP lanyard!

Purchase tickets HERE!

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