Easel Rider

 Easel Rider – Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab – is all about connecting people and art. The City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation Division has partnered with LEAF Community Arts to operate the Easel Rider, helping boost access to public art. The Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that challenges the Asheville community to experience creation on the go!

2017 Highlights

Meet the Teaching Artists!

Easel Rider History

In 2011, the Cultural Arts Division of converted a 1984 bread truck into a rolling art studio and showcase. In 2011, the Asheville Cultural Arts division realized that it had a high-quality arts and cultural heritage program, but were having a difficult time reaching the entire community, so they converted a 1984 bread truck into a rolling art studio and hit the road! The Easel Rider contains 80 linear feet of art supplies, a sound system, and projectors.

In July 2013, the City of Asheville partnered with LEAF to continue Easel Rider programming, which is free to all nonprofit organizations, Asheville city programming and community centers. LEAF Community Arts hires teaching artists that come with the truck to your event to facilitate an art project related to the theme of the event. The Easel Rider is used in many different capacities: after-school programs, community functions, specific school activities, outdoor activities, and summer camps, reaching approximately 4,500 youth a year. 

Want to book the Easel Rider for your next community event, program or festival? Contact easelrider@theleaf.org.

In Partnership with the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department, events happening at those facilities and organized by City staff are no charge. All other organizations and event will need to plan for a nominal fee to book the Easel Rider, which supports our fabulous Teaching Artists as well as help replenish supplies!

 The backbone of services provided by the recreation department continues to be neighborhood-based programs, which provide a variety of recreational and leisure activities for all ages. LEAF Schools & Streets currently partners with Shiloh Community Center, Burton Street Community Center, and Wesley Grant Community Center. In 2013, LEAF Schools & Streets and the City of Asheville partnered to continue Easel Rider Programming. In 2014, LEAF and Asheville Parks & Rec collaborated to produce the first ever LEAF Summer Camp!

The Easel Rider is proudly sponsored by Harmony Motors!