Ann Bloxom Smith

Pamela Denmon, USFWS

Many events end with the release of balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says balloon releases are damaging to the environment yet organized balloon releases continue to occur.  The USFWS often finds animals stuck in the strings or ingesting the balloon. 

Ann Bloxom Smith of Monroe works with Friends Of Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge. Tonight at 6:00 p.m. she will propose to the Monroe City Council an ordinance to ban the release of balloons. 

The Downtown Gallery Crawl will celebrate 10 years this Thursday night in Monroe and West Monroe.  The crawl features art, music, food and fun. 

The event will happen at nine downtown art galleries that will host special exhibitions from local artist.  The crawl runs from 5-9 p.m. and will happen rain or shine. Original art will be for sale and many artist will be on hand to answer questions about their work. 

Finding Treasure at This Month's Gallery Crawl

May 31, 2017

Thursday, June 1st, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is back to continue growing the artistic spirit in downtown West Monroe and Monroe. The crawl will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes 9 galleries this month.

Thursday, April 6th, the Downtown Gallery Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month's crawl will take place throughout Monroe and West Monroe in 10 different galleries. 

As always, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is a place to find art, food, music, and drinks. The crawl is held by the Downtown Arts Alliance to add culture to the region and give artists and art lovers alike a place to display and enjoy art. This crawl will have old and new elements to keep the creativity flowing.

Art Crawl Ties the Twin Cities Together

Jun 1, 2016
City of Monroe

There are many things that separate the cities of Monroe and West Monroe, but a love of art is one thing that unites the two. On Thursday, June 2 from 5-9 p.m. the Downtown Arts Alliance celebrates this common chord with the Downtown Gallery Crawl.

Downtown Gallery Crawl Connects People with Art

Apr 7, 2016
Bill Ayres / The Downtown Arts Alliance

The Downtown Gallery Crawl connects the community with local artists and their work. The crawl returns Thursday, April 7. Eight galleries in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe open the doors to the public to enjoy works by many prominent artist. Food and live music from Code Blue and the Flatliners round out the evening.

"After what our community has been through we are just really excited just to get out and host an absolutely free event for both cities to enjoy," says Downtown Arts Alliance President Kelsea McCrary.

Downtown Gallery Crawl Celebrates Art and Artist

Feb 4, 2016
Ann Bloxom Smith / Downtown Gallery Crawl

The Downtown Gallery Crawl stitches together both downtown Monroe and West Monroe and offers the public a chance to interact with local art and artist. Held every even numbered month throughout the year, this month's event encompasses eight galleries and contains exhibits in all types of media.  

Ben Hickey, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Masur Museum of Art, stresses the importance of art in today's society, "Art really helps to connect the dots. It helps to understand your world."