BOSTON (CBS) — As a longtime resident of Roxbury, Dayenne Walters walks by the billboard at the intersection of Centre Street and Roxbury Street often. One thing used to stick out to her: “The disuse of the billboard. The way that the billboard had just fallen into disrepair,” she said.
“To have this sort of eyesore in the middle of my neighborhood, it just felt really disheartening.”READ MORE: Worcester Ice Center Hosting Public Skate Fundraiser For Injured Hockey Player Jake Thibeault
So the artist came up with the idea for “Billboard Hope,” a project that features rotating works by local artists.
“Why don’t we just flip it a little bit and use that vehicle to sell joy, to sell inspiration,” said Walters.
Since March, the billboard is no longer an eyesore in John Eliot Square, but a place to showcase beautiful art, including the current piece on display by Roxbury native DaNice Marshall.
“I can’t say it’s a dream come true because I didn’t dream that big. I just dreamt that I would paint something and it would make a difference. If someone looked at it, they might smile. That was my hope. And so it just came out, and now it’s up there,” said Marshall.READ MORE: COVID Booster Shots: FDA Advisers Reject 3rd Vaccine Dose For All
Photographers, 2D graphic artists, painters, and quilters will all be featured. Anything that can be translated to a flat surface can be exhibited on this billboard.
The artwork changes every four weeks with plans to feature 13 artists in total who work with a variety of mediums. They’ll all be connected by one theme: “Hope and Inspiration For the Future.” As of now, the project is scheduled to run through April 2022.
“It just seemed to me that right now, above all else, we just need to be kinder to one another, be hopeful and have a purpose in life. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow so while we’re here, let’s just enjoy,” said Marshall.
“We have something to contribute. A strong voice. A beautiful voice. A voice of hope,” said Walters.MORE NEWS: Fire That Destroyed 2 Dracut Police Cruisers Was 'Intentionally Set', Officials Say
For more on Billboard Hope, visit its Facebook page.