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Student Art Brings Christmas Cheer to Downtown Monroe

Miroslav Petrasko
Over-sized Christmas cards will be displayed downtown the whole month of Decemeber, starting Dec. 5

Student artists are hard at work creating giant wooden Christmas cards to be displayed downtown in Monroe.

The art program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has joined together with Monroe Renaissance and local area schools to participate in a competition creating these over-sized cards to win cash prizes for art supplies for local schools.

Brooke Foy, assistant professor of art at ULM, says that projects like these are a great way to bring local artists together.

"All the schools do their best, they work really hard on these," she says.

Each school will receive 4'x3' plywood boards to decorate. The students have complete artistic freedom, and the boards may be altered. "They might attach lights to them, they might attach moving parts," Foy explains.

The boards will be collected December 1 to be installed downtown, and will be displayed the entire month of December.

An awards ceremony celebrating the students' accomplishments will be held at SQ's Restaurant on December 4 at 6 p.m. Over $1,600 in prizes will be awarded to the schools. The cards will be displayed on Desiard Street in downtown Monroe.

Participating schools:

  • East Ouachita Middle School
  • Geneva Academy
  • Jackson Parish School
  • Lee Junior High School
  • Ouachita High School
  • Rayville High School
  • River Oaks School
  • St. Frederick High School
  • Sterlington High School
  • Sterlington Middle School
  • West Monroe High School

The event is sponsored by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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