The Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center

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

2021 Fall Class Roster - Now Available


To view the Fall Class Roster please click HERE!

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center fall class roster is now available! Classes include Raku Planters, Kids Pizza Party, Create Your Own Glass Ornament, Getting to Know Your Camera, Mommy & Me Holiday Aprons, Improvisation, Acrylic Illustration and much more!

To register for fall 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

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:

Mississippi Songwriters Festival

The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance is hosting their 12th annual Hall of Fame Awards Show at the Mary C O'Keefe Trent Lott Theatre on September 16th starting at 6PM.

Hall of Fame Inductees include Craig Wiseman, Bob Morrison, Paul Davis, and Tammy Wynette! Performances by Paul Overstreet, Blackwater Brass, Sarabee and Double Dee.

Purchase tickets HERE

End of Summer Bash

Join us on the front lawn of the Mary C on Saturday, September 25th from 12-4PM for our 90's theme End of Summer Bash!!

Put on your best 90's fashion, and come enjoy tie-dye stations, a waterslide, Pop Brothers, t-shirt airbrushing, live art demoing, and so much more!

We have an ongoing fundraiser, and if we raise $2,500 for our Ocean Springs History Museum, then Mayor Holloway will be pied in the face at our Bash! Donate HERE and choose "OS History Museum" fund! Largest donor gets to pie Mayor Holloway!

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