Art. Education. History.
A bit about The Mary C.
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.
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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 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.
We Need Volunteers!
Volunteers are the heart of what we do at the 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.
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