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A bit about The Friends of Mary C.

The Friends of Mary C is a 501c3 non-profit organization born out of the desire to save and restore the landmark 1927 school building located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs. This effort was led by incredible women such as Betty Magee, Elizabeth Roberts, and several other community members. The building was named in honor of Mary C. O’Keefe, a progressive educator and the first female superintendent in the state of Mississippi. 1600 Government Street became the hub of arts and culture in Ocean Springs and provided homes to several local arts organizations where thousands of students and patrons engaged in artistic and educational experiences each year. Twenty years later The Friends along with tremendous efforts and funding from businesses and individuals have accomplished their Mission of saving and restoring the landmark school building. We have been relieved of our duty by the City of Ocean Springs and thank them for entrusting us to operate an arts and culture center on their behalf for so long.

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All membership levels include discounts to classes, camps, and tickets and free household entry to our annual House Party. We offer a variety of levels to accommodate the giving ability of our members. Please choose your investment in the Mission and Vision of The Friends of Mary C. 

Our Mission and Vision

Our MISSION is to instill a love of learning, encourage creative expression, and enrich lives by providing educational, artistic, historical, and cultural experiences.

Our VISION is to provide a dynamic arts and cultural center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

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Volunteers are the heart of what we do at The Friends of Mary C. We could not do what we do without the time and energy of our volunteers! So, thank you in advance for your service.

What’s Happening at The Friends of Mary C?

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