|Empowering Youth through Cultural Arts!|
|LEAF Schools & Streets is a local arts education program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with the artists at LEAF – and beyond!|
You help make an impact in young people's lives!
Over 41,000 youth served since 2004!
Teaching Artists are from the local, regional and international community. The program is designed to reach children and adults of different socio-economic backgrounds in the Asheville area and Western NC. LSS was inspired by LEAF executive director’s godchildren who were living in public housing. She saw a huge lack in access to the arts for children living in the Klondyke Apartments in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville.
Like the LEAF Festival, LSS proves that music and the arts can bridge cultures and create life-altering, community-building experiences. Our LSS programs provide an opportunity for youth participants to attend and perform at LEAF alongside their Teaching Artists. Participating youth gain self-esteem and cultural awareness while experiencing multiple interactions with performing artists, being a performer on stage, and a festival adventure.
|“Through LEAF Schools & Streets, the students whose voices and talents may not be as noticable in the classroom have been given the opportunity to be heard and to shine!"
– Rainbow Community School Teacher, May 2014
“Since participating in LEAF Schools & Streets, I have noticed an increase in organization and improved grades in my child."
- Erwin Middle School Parent, May 2014
LEAF Schools & Streets is proud to be a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.