LEAF Community Arts creates empowering arts education programs locally & globally,
& is fueled by our signature festivals for families & friends.
"I can't wait for LEAF- it is my breath of fresh air... and the greatest friend reunion imaginable!"
-Sarah H. Charleston SC
LEAF Festival ACTION NOW
LEAF Festival and NewSong Music are proud to announce the first annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition! With a mission to empower singer-songwriters locally, regionally and nationally, LEAF and NewSong have joined forces to find the very best talent!
The contest begins accepting online mp3 submissions today (March 4), and the final deadline to enter is Monday, April 7. Judges will select 7 finalists from the online submissions, who will then be invited to perform in the live performance finals that the Spring LEAF Festival on Saturday, May 10, 2014!
“ One of the greatest gifts we have to offer is our music and our story. The NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition gives musicians everywhere an opportunity to share their journey within an amazing setting, surrounded by an incredibly supportive community, for an opportunity to elevate their craft to the Big Stage!” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director
Click HERE to register for the LEAF Singer-Songwriter Contest!!
LEAF In the News
•Local LEAFers are invited to LEAF 2020 Summits.
•Feb 26th at Asheville Middle School 5:30-7:30
•Feb 27th at Black Mtn's White Horse 4-6
•Get your TICKETS or VOLUNTEER
•Reserve Fall LEAF Lodging & a few May Cabins left- call 828-68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Enjoy WNC's LEAF "Positive Reinforcements" Feature: “We’re always asking the question of what does our community need us to be now, and what do we grow into,” shares LEAF Executive Director, Jennifer Pickering. Thanks to longtime extraordinary teaching artist Imhotep and LEAF Schools & Streets drummers at Wesley Grant Center.
LEAF Schools & Streets
It has become LEAF tradition to bring our international friends to the US. We are thrilled to have 11 students coming from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to participate as Performing Artists in LEAF’s 38th music festival and participate in cultural exchanges with local youth. These students are extraordinary and dedicated to learning traditional Haitian drumming and dance. They are coming with their LEAF Teaching Artists (Drummer Bois Gris and Dancer Johanne), and Grammy-nominated Boukman Eksperyans, Haiti's most well-known group who has led traditional Haitian music for 36 years. "The traditional Haitian music is powerful, and important. The music feels holy, something that we own ourselves. And you just HAVE to dance when you hear the rhythms!" exclaim the students...a taste of what you can look forward to at May LEAF!! If you would like to support this once-in-a-lifetime experience for these kids, please visit: LI Haiti Fundraising Website