About Us

Welcome to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center, where community and creatives are connected through arts-based education and experiences. Come explore our historic building that houses two local art galleries, the History of Ocean Springs Museum, and the impressive Senator Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre.

Our Mission: Connect Community with Creatives through Arts-Based Education & Experiences


Looking for a unique venue to host an event or conduct a meeting? The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center offers rentals for any occasion!


Host an intimate gathering surrounded by works of art in one of “The Galleries @ the Mary C!”

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A magical, intimate space that sits under a gorgeous oak tree. The courtyard provides a small stage, lovely flowers and greenery, a nice area to host poetry readings, movie nights, and so much more!

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We offer 4 classrooms upstairs to rent for any occasion. The Sun Room, Visual Arts, Artifact Room, and the Music Room.

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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 light systems.

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Front Lawn

An expansive front lawn sits under 6 oak trees that provide excellent shade. The lawn is perfect for outdoor birthday parties, cookouts. and more.

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Planning to sell tickets for an event? Need to host a small reception? The lobby is your place to do it! It is a nice intro space to your event, whether your event is held in the kitchen, theater, or one of our galleries.

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Hold a meeting in our Historic Ocean Springs Association room, complete with a large conference table and chairs, and a telephone.

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The Culinary Arts Kitchen offers 3 stoves/ovens, 2 extra ovens, a double-door fridge, 2 sinks, a 3-compartment sink, an ice machine, and 8 café tables with 2 chairs each.

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Event Calendar

View our calendar of events to see what all is offered at the Mary C!

December 16

Join the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance on Dec 16th for Songs & Stories!

November 4
A relaxing, intimate evening filled with light based art activities, performances, and tasty treats.
December 18

Coast Big Band returns to Christmas just in time with We Need A Little Christmas…RIGHTNOW! Come join the band as they play your favorite Christmas songs.

December 2

Join us on the front lawn of the Mary C with Santa and all of his helpers to light the Christmas tree!

Purchase Creative & Interesting Gifts At Our Gift Shop.


Our organization thrives because of our donors like the ones listed below. Join them and become a supporter to help our organization continue to provide the Mississippi Gulf Coast with an artistic outlet.