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!

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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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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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 3 classrooms upstairs to rent for any occasion. The Sun Room, Visual Arts, and the Music Room.

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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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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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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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Event Calendar

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

July 21

Join the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and Dave Pahanish on July 21st for Songs & Stories!

August 19

The Coast Big Band performs their final concert of the summer!

September 1

Bring your family & friends and join us for The FIREFLY featuring live music, tasty treats, and art activities

Due Sept. 11

YUMMY is a juried art exhibition that celebrates the pairings of color. Open to all visual artists.

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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.

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