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Wrapped box features work of up-and-coming Opelousas artist

Posted at 10:58 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 00:13:32-04

A fourth art wrapped traffic signal box was unveiled today at the intersection of North Railroad Avenue and West Church Street in Opelousas.

Part of the Boxed Art enhancement project, the traffic box will feature art designed by emerging artist Ke'shawn Collins.

Collins, who is a 2020 graduate of Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts, began painting at the age of thirteen. He says his interest in art was cultivated with the encouragement and support from his mom, Lena Collins. His goal is to attend college for business and showcase his art creations in his own art studio. Along with painting, he enjoys volunteer opportunities and has participated in various community events. He is also a member St. Landry Interact Rotary Club and Bully Box, an organization that raises awareness and offers support related to bully prevention.

"I've been painting all my life, and this is just another step in my journey of being great," said Collins. "I hope that I can paint all around the world and make other magical pieces like this."

The Boxed Art project transforms ordinary metal traffic boxes into creative canvases for art that showcase the community's character and culture. The project is one of the activities planned for the City's 300-year celebration. Led by Opelousas Tourism and the Celebrate Opelousas 300 Commission, with support from the City of Opelousas, one of the goals of the Boxed Art project is to enliven community space while showcasing the talent of artists in our area. A total of ten boxes are targeted for the project over the next two years.

Three art wrapped traffic boxes have already been completed and unveiled. The box locations include Wallior and Vine and Landry Streets which was designed by artist Jerome Ford, Court and Landry Street, which was designed by artist Sue Boagni and Union and Dunbar Streets which features art by B.J. Smith.

Funding for the project is made possible through a grant from Union Pacific Foundation which was secured by Opelousas Tourism. For more information about Boxed Art, email