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Opelousas Traffic Boxes Transformed Into Art

An unveiling and launch for a new art initiative titled Boxed Art took place at the intersection of Wallior and Landry and Vine Streets. Ordinary metal traffic boxes in Opelousas were transformed into canvases for art that will showcase the community’s character and culture. The project, titled Boxed Art, is one of the activities planned for the City’s 300-year celebration which takes place this year. The inaugural Boxed Art features the artwork of artist and St. Landry Parish School Board Visual & Talented Arts Instructor, Jerome Ford. A total of over twelve (12) boxes are targeted for this year and 2021. The goal of the Boxed Art project is to enliven community space while showcasing the talent of artists in our area. Celebrate 300 Commission is issuing a call for artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers who want their work displayed on a traffic cabinet in the city. One to two traffic boxes will be reserved for an area high school to design. Some of the intersection sites selected for consideration include Vine and Bullard, Creswell and Union, Natchez and Main, Landry and Market, and Wallior and Vine/Landry. Funding for the new initiative is made possible through a grant from Union Pacific Foundation which secured by Opelousas Tourism. Additional funding is made possible through the Tricentennial Fund account as well as anticipated sponsorships.