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Leader photo by BRIANA ARRINGTON- Thanks to the coordination of Lincoln ACHIEVE and professional artist Frank Kelley Lincoln Parish public school students in fifth through seventh grades were able to make art through the use of geometrics this week at a special workshop at Louisiana Tech University. Here fifth grade Simsboro School students Iyona Fairley (left) and Ethan Ramsey (right) participate in painting geometrics with a group.

Several years ago local professional artist Frank Kelley Jr. created the Youth Arts Initiative out of what he called a “necessity.”

“Kids were not being exposed to enough art in school and so after doing some research I started the Youth Arts Initiative,” Kelley said. “Plus, it was a way for me to give back.”

Kelley has instructed art workshops through the initiative with thousands of children in the public school systems of cities like Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit, but in more recent years has come home to support the arts among the local community.

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