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The Monroe Symphony League (MSL) is hosting its annual spring book room fundraiser this Friday, Mar. 6; and Saturday, Mar. 7; and then again next Friday, Mar. 13; and Saturday, Mar. 14. at their office on 320 N. 4th Street. 

The entrance fee is $2 per adult on the first day only. Remaining dates are free to the public. 

MSL is the philanthropic organization for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra that was created to raise money for music education in Northeast Louisiana. Since its founding, the group has offered several musical opportunities for the community.

In honor of Black History Month, the NELA Delta African American Heritage Museum has invited the community to join them on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 3 - 5 p.m. to view their newest exhibit of African Wax prints, Wandering Spirits. 

Ross Slacks, executive director of the museum, says that the prints are a tribute to the century-old, handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and eventually found a home in Africa. The wax prints were created by repeatedly constructing wax patterns on top of six-yards of fabric and dyeing them with color.

The College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting their annual Spring Art Crawl at several campus locations on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5 - 7 p.m. The event is designed to showcase the artwork of ULM's talented students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

Admission to the art crawl is free and the public is invited to to attend. There will also be light refreshments throughout the different locations across campus.

The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting this year's first Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, February 6, from 6 - 9 p.m. The event provides a free and fun environment for the community to interact with, observe, and learn about fine art while continuing to revitalize our downtowns. 

Visitors are encouraged to begin their journey through the crawl in downtown Monroe where they can grab a passport booklet and collect a stamp from all ten galleries. Upon completing the passport, it can be traded in for a slice of cheesecake at Copeland's or a Crawl merchandise booth for a discount. / Oklahoma's News 4

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is hosting the fifth Public Art 101 Workshop this weekend at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.

The all-day session is designed to provide local artists of any discipline with the tools and necessary vocabulary to navigate the complex world of public art.

The Monroe City Council selected January to be the city's first Museum Month. Monroe's ten museums are celebrating the program with a Passport Contest, Photo Contest, and several special events and offers all month long. 

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The Masur Museum of Art presents the new Treasures of Art Nouveau exhibition. This exhibition will be available for viewing from Thursday, September 5, to Wednesday, November 23. While the exhibit opens on September 5, there is a free public reception the following day from 5 to 7 p.m. with Annemarie Sawkins, PhD. 

The Masur Museum is also announcing “Vintage Monroe” Antiques Appraisal Day, held at the museum. This fundraiser is on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where three local antique experts will be offering appraisals on personal items for $10 an item.

Herons On The Bayou Statues Join ULM Landscape

Aug 8, 2019
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The University of Louisiana Monroe landscape will soon have two custom-painted heron statues as part of the local Herons on the Bayou public art project. One has already been installed.

Remembering 50 years at the Masur Museum

May 28, 2019
Evelyn Stewart / Masur Museum of Art

Masur Museum is hosting a public reception for the opening of their new exhibit titled "Our Story: Over 50 Years of Collecting at the Masur Museum". On May 30th the reception is from 5:30 to 7:30, with a few words from the Director and Curator at 6:30. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served for those in attendance. The exhibit will feature a small portion of the museum's collection, including a few favorites, and will be open for viewing until August 17th.

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The Schepis Museum of Columbia presents Water/Ways: a Smithsonian Exhibit. This exhibit closes on November 10 and is free to the public. Schepis Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 1-5 pm Sunday. The exhibit is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, along with the Walton Family Foundation.