Easel Rider – Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab – is all about connecting people and art. The City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation Division recently partnered with LEAF to operate the Easel Rider, boosting public access to art. The Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that will challenge Ashevillians to experience creation on the go!
Easel Rider supports the idea that art is not confined to the indoors. Using the truck as a staging arena, LEAF hires local artists – from puppeteers and painters to filmmakers and new media artists, and numerous other artists to offer a varied palette of hands- on projects and creative outlets for youth and adults alike.
LEAF Schools & Streets Director, Jocelyn Reese and Community Arts Coordinator, Schree Chavdarov
The Easel Rider allows us to connect with communities in a very different and new way. We are able to partner with existing community events and bring in cultural connections with the Easel Rider’s resources and LEAF Schools & Streets Teaching Artists. The possibilities with the Easel Rider are endless!Jocelyn Reese
History of the Easel Rider
In 2011, the Cultural Arts Division of converted a 1984 bread truck into a rolling art studio and showcase. The Easel Rider contains 80 linear feet of art supplies with a sound system, projectors, and more!
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! You can also book the Easel Rider to complement your private events. Contact the Easel Rider today!
The Easel Rider can be used in many differenent capacities:
Specific School Activities
Outdoors Activities (especially)