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Ninth Art Wrapped Traffic Box Debuts in Opelousas

June 28, 2021

(Opelousas, LA) – Another art wrapped traffic signal box has made its debut in Opelousas.  On Friday the newest box, which is located at the intersection of Union Street (Hwy 182) and Heather Drive near Super One Foods, was unveiled to the public. The latest features art by Opelousas artist, Michelle Fontenot and features a zydeco theme.

Fontenot, who specializes in stained glass and mosaic art, has been an accomplished artist for many years.  She began her career as a full-time artist and business owner, following her training in ceramics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Her activities include participating in various solo art shows throughout Louisiana, and many other exhibits and collaborative art shows around Southern United States.

In addition to the Boxed Art unveiling, which was held on June 25th, a salute was made to the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Recently, a resolution in honor of Clifton Chenier Day was recently passed by city, parish, and state governments. Plans are also underway to celebrate this Grammy Hall of Famer’s centennial birthday in 2025.

Initiated in 2021 by Opelousas Tourism and the Celebrate Opelousas 300 Committee, Boxed Art began as one of the 300-year celebration activities designed to strengthen the community’s culture, enhance public spaces, and highlight local artists.

The project was made possible through grant funding from Union Pacific Foundation and support from the city. 

For more information about Boxed Art,  email tourism@cityofopelousas.com

Last modified: June 28, 2021

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