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When you think of success, do you imagine a CEO, an inventor, a world leader, or even a renowned doctor? Do you picture something else? Although it isn't necessary for people in these professions to possess great drawing skills, what they all have in common is something far greater. The skills taught at 7 elements are deeper. Students are taught to be critical thinkers, innovators, and communicators. Our method is through immersing students in fine arts. A strong foundation of the 7 elements of art (line, shape, value, form, color, texture, and space) are instilled in our students as they begin discovering their own styles and passions. Located in mid-city Baton Rouge, 7 elements is a professional artist studio offering semesterly courses, camps, workshops, and private lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, darkroom photography, graphic design, and more. Many of our students are award-winning artists and are becoming accepted into Talented Arts programs/Fine Arts colleges. 7 elements puts people on a path of success. Are you ready to begin yours?

Visit 7elementsbr.com for more info.

The Futures Fund is a STEM workforce development program designed with the mission to create digital, literary, visual, and music arts-entrepreneurial opportunities for youth 14-21 years old. It provides students with training in STEM and creative industries under the guidance of paid professionals and volunteers. Our Saturday training programs are research-driven, and based on best practices to prepare creative-minded youth for revenue-generating opportunities in their selected discipline.

The program is open to all students in middle and high school at no cost for low-moderate income households. Youth who enroll in the program attend every class for the eight-week program each semester to prepare for the year-end student showcase to the business community.

In addition to learning the hard skills in the digital and visual arts, such as coding and photography, Futures Fund students are exposed to critical 21st-century skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and money management. These are the competencies needed for one to succeed; these are also the skills employers say are now severely lacking among graduates.

We're funding our future by funding yours!

Front Yard Bikes is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation designed to be a community bike shop that focuses on teaching all participants of all ages how to fix and maintain bikes. Skills that are taught and developed include mathematics, physics, and mechanics. We also promote inclusivity, mentorship, recreation, and academic achievement with all participants.
Besides the educational efforts of Front Yard Bikes, we want to provide all participants with reliable transportation in the city of Baton Rouge. FYB also appreciates the fun aspects of riding a bike that provides youth with extracurricular activities like racing, riding to community gardens, riding to pools, fishing holes, and more.
The heart of our program is motivated by compassion for kids from low-income families that are willing to work for what they get. The founder’s spiritual beliefs that God will provide has been his primary motivation for meeting weekly with the kids in South Baton Rouge Subdivision since July of 2010. These kids deserve the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to ride in a safe place. God willing, we can make that a reality.
Visit frontyardbikes.com for more info.


Earn-a-Bike: (Ages 6-18)
  • Learn to use tools as you build or repair a bike that you can keep.
  • Earn $5 hour credit and then use you credit to pay for the bike you build.
  • Gain great career experience by learning basic mechanics and using simple engineering.
  • After completing your bike, give back. You can help run the shop by gardening, scraping bikes, or sorting parts. You can also earn community service hours.

Build-a-Bike (Ages 19 & Up)
  • Pay a onetime fee of $50 and build the bike of your choosing.
  • A full time mechanic will be present to help at all times.
  • You will be able to get a great bike at FYB for less than half the cost.

Friday Bike Rides:(Ages 8 & Up)
  • Every Friday enjoy a bike ride with FYB as we show you paths to take your bike.
  • We will go to parks, libraries, Museums, and more.
  • We also visit different job sites so you can learn what other careers are available in your area.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday - CLOSED

Studio Hours:
Monday - Friday 5:30 AM - Late
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Sunday - CLOSED