The Mission: boosting public access to art.
*The Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that will challenge people of all ages to experience creation on the go!*
NEW EASEL RIDER ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Coming this May! As one of the new villages at Spring LEAF, LEAF Schools & Streets, Asheville Parks & Recreation and Harmony Motors bring you the Easel Rider Village! The Easel Rider Village is a place of creative exploration! Festival goers young and old can enjoy an artistic experience using the theme of Global Funk and Community Arts to provide culturally relevant & creative activities facilitated by local artists and staff!
What is the Easel Rider Program?
The Easel Rider is a collaborative project of LEAF Schools & Streets and Asheville Parks and Recreation. 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.
These artists work with the Easel Rider to offer a various captivating projects and outlets for youth and adults alike. The Easel Rider participates in various city and private events allowing participants the opportunity to experience, learn and grow through hands on activities.
Where did the Easel Rider come from?
The Easel Rider is Asheville's Mobile Art Lab! 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. We wish to offer this as a free resource to all non profit organizations, public school activity days and community functions! The Easel Rider can be rented for private events as well.
The Easel Rider can be used in many different capacities.
• After-school Programs
• Community Functions
• Specific School Activities
• Outdoors Activities (especially)
• Summer Camps
The Easel Rider sets out to prove that everyone is an artist!
"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 possibilites with the Easel Rider are endless!"
-Jocelyn Reese, LEAF Schools & Streets Director
The Easel Rider will be used to complement various public and private events throughout the city of Asheville, providing a mobile CREATIVE SPACE.