City of Ocean Springs ends contract with ‘Friends of Mary C.’

The City of Ocean Springs decided last Tuesday to end its contract with the nonprofit group the ‘Friends of Mary C.’

For the last 20 years, the ‘Friends of Mary C.’ has helped manage and write grants for the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education.

The decision was made during a meeting of the board of aldermen on July 14th. The meeting was closed door due to legality restrictions of discussing active contracts in public, according to Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson.

Dobson says the Mary C. Cultural Center will continue to do what it’s been doing while also adding new elements for the community to enjoy. “We’re going to be expanding the scope. So, again we want to bring even more stuff to the Mary C. We want to bring even more non-profits, even more artists to the building. And what would be the coordinator will also be taking lots of roles that we currently have in other areas of the city, such as the facility rentals. Whenever someone has to rent say the civic center or another municipal building, they’ll go to the Mary C and do that through the coordinator. This will give more opportunity to showcase the building, give more opportunity to have all these artists have their work displayed for the whole community.”

Tomorrow News 25 will hear from the ‘Friends of Mary C.’ and their response to the city’s decision.

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