The Venue


The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theater
The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education

1600 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

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The mission of The Friends of The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education is to serve as stewards of the landmark 1927 public school building; to encourage our citizens to attend performing, culinary and visual art events; to grow focused collections for exhibitions and educational programs highlighting the history of the area; and to dedicate time to enhance to quality of life for Ocean Springs, Jackson County, and the state of Mississippi.


Efforts to save the building and transform it into a community arts center began in 1998 and progressed quickly with the incorporation of the Friends of The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in October 1999. Since then, major renovations have been completed and work continues to expand the buildings facilities. Funding for the renovations was provided by; VA/HUD, Department of Interior, State of Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Arts Commission, Jackson County Board of Supervisors, City of Ocean Springs, and by generous contribution from local individuals and organizations. Thank you all!

Mary C. O’Keefe, a progressive educator, was named the first female public school superintendent in Mississippi. She instilled a spirit of learning and raised the level of the quality of education throughout our state. In 1999, the facility was named in her honor.

1600 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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