Third Art Wrapped Traffic Box Unveiled in Opelousas


Third Art Wrapped Traffic Box Unveiled in Opelousas

(Opelousas, LA) – A traffic signal box featuring art by B.J. Smith located at the intersection of Union and Dunbar Streets in Opelousas was unveiled Thursday, August 6th. Boxed Art transforms ordinary metal traffic boxes into creative canvases for art that showcase the community's character and culture and enliven public spaces. The project is one of the activities for the City’s 300-year celebration.

B.J.’s story started back in 2005 when at the young age of 15, he sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in an all-terrain vehicle crash. His hopes and dreams of a future in football were quickly erased by two weeks in a coma, a five-month hospital stay, multiple brain surgeries, seizures, and a stroke. He also lost sixty percent of his vision. Relearning to walk, talk, dress, and feed himself were critical to his survival and healing.

After 14 years post-injury and with the support of his mom, B.J. found a path to freedom and possibility through art. A place, where he says, “Colors listen and respond to the energy of the environment.” He and his mom, Kim, also formed Brain Art Alliance, an organization whose mission is to promote brain injury awareness through the healing power of art.

B.J.’s art has been described as appearing topographical or geological with some elements resembling biological cell structure. B.J. loves the movement and emotion of applying paint to canvas and describes it as a "pouring of consciousness where colors dance and speak.”

B.J. is a 2019 graduate of Partners in Policymaking, a national leadership training program for people with developmental disabilities.

Led by the Opelousas 300 Commission, a total of ten boxes are targeted for the project. In January, the first traffic signal box wrap was unveiled at the intersection of Wallior and Vine and Landry Streets featuring art by local artist Jerome Ford. A second box, featuring art by Sue Boagni, was unveiled in June.

Funding for the project is made possible through a grant from Union Pacific Foundation. For more information about Boxed Art, contact

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Project Staff & Consultants

Melanie Lee-Lebouef

Amisha Thibeaux

Kaia Winfrey

Jennifer Ritter Guidry

Carola L. Hartley

Sarah Sterling

Julia Fontenot

Jameelah Pickens

Brad Chavis

Herman Fuselier

Project Contributors

Etha Amling, Cabbot Ballard, Laura Barber, Doris Barrow, Alton Broussard, Ronald Carrier, Lena Charles, Joe Citizen, Marty Cosgrove, Lucius Doucet, Patrick Fontenot, Herman Fuselier, Wesley Guidroz, Carola Hartley, Rebecca Henry, Eva Iford, Florella Inhern, Slyvia and Charles Morel, Bob Morrison, Estelle Perrault, Charles Renaud, Lee T Roberts, Seth Robin, Martin Roy, Jr., Paul Scott, Anthony Standberry, Goldman Thibodeaux, Susan and Joe Urban 

Special Thanks to the University of Louisiana Division of Archives

*Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services


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