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Spreading Art in the Neighborhood

By Naomi Hill
Contributing Writer

In New Orleans art is seen everywhere you look, including on neighborhood energy boxes. Now on one utility box on the corner of North Miro and Dumaine Streets is the face of Phyllis Wheatley, the first published African-American female poet in 1770 who wrote on ethics and religion during the revolutionary period. Her image was brought to life this year by artist Linda LeBoeuf as part of the Art Box Project by Community Visions Unlimited, a Metairie-based nonprofit established in 1994 to improve quality of life in the community.

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