About Our Partners
YWCA of Asheville | The mission of the YWCA of Asheville is eliminating racism and empowering women. Partnering with LEAF Schools & Streets to reach young people through music and arts is one of the ways that the YWCA works to meet this mission.
Children First/Communities in Schools | The mission of Children First/CIS is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs. LEAF Schools & Streets has partnered with Children First in the Deaverview, Pisgah View & Woodridge Learning Centers to run afterschool programs since 2004.
Check out this great video of Children First/CIS youth @ May LEAF 2013!
YMCA/21st Century Community Learning Centers | The City of Asheville and the YMCA/Buncombe County Schools 21st CCLC are funded by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to provide community-based support to students’ academic pursuits through experiential learning. LEAF Schools & Streets partners with YMCA/21st CCLC to provide after-school arts education in Buncombe County schools.
Asheville City Parks & Recreation | 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!
Delta House Life Development of Asheville | Founded in 1983 by women from the Asheville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, this after-school program provides enrichment classes and academic support. LEAF Schools & Streets partnered with Delta House to found the LEAF Delta Jazz Band program, as well as a NOLA Drum Line class.
Asheville City Schools Foundation/IRL | In Real Life (IRL), as a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, is a network of after-school programs designed to provide high-quality learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students. IRL actively works to address barriers to participation in after-school programs. LEAF Schools and Streets currently provides four IRL classes.
LEAF MemberSHIP | Our membership program will support the LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artist program in the Deaverview Learning Center as well as Visiting Teaching Artist programs, workshops, and community events for the 2013-2014 school year.
French Broad Food Co-op | French Broad Food Coop is a community-owned co-operative, dedicated to serving the owners and the WNC community by providing high quality natural foods and personal care products through a mutually beneficial exchange. This generous sponsorship supports LEAF Schools & Streets programs in Asheville City Schools, including In Real Life, a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation.
Greenlife Grocery | Greenlife, part of Whole Foods Market, seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strict quality standards, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. This sponsorship supports year-round LEAF Schools & Streets programming.
National Endowment for the Arts | For May 2013, LEAF received its fourth direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present Kid Hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the LEAF Festival and at an enrichment performance at the Orange Peel.
South Arts | The Middle Grounds enrichment performance this October 2014 is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Grassroots Arts Program | Support for the LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artist programs is funded in part by a Grassroots Arts Program Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the Asheville Area Arts Council.
Dan Lucas Memorial Fund | During the 2012-2013 school year, the LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House program, led by Resident Teaching Artist Gary Bradley, is funded in part by a grant from the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The grant was made in honor of Dan Lucas, a UNC-Asheville alum who died in 2008 while earning an advanced degree at UC-Berkeley. Lucas, a first-year candidate for a doctorate in Chemistry, was an Asheville resident for seven years and a talented musician and jazz enthusiast in the community.
Asheville City Schools Foundation | A coalition comprised of ACSF, LEAF Schools & Streets and UNCA Craft Studies program members developed a “Teaching Artist Training” called TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) and identified local talent eager to work in our schools. The TAPAS program is committed to having 60 days of artists-in-residence during 2012-2013 school year in Asheville City Schools.
John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation | The LEAF Delta Jazz Program at Delta House is supported by the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation for the 2013-2014 school year, enabling LEAF Schools & Streets to continue developing the skills of aspiring young jazz musicians.
Art in the Park Grant | This grant is funding LEAF Schools & Streets participation in the Asheville Downtown Association's Summer FUN in Pritchard Park! For 10 Wednesdays in Pritchard Park during summer 2014, June 4 - August 6, our teaching artists will present engaging & interactive showcases. Audience members will have the chance to participate and learn from our wonderful artists. The Easel Rider will also set up with creative art activities to complement the performance.
Black Mountain Swannanoa-Valley Endowment Fund | Support for Visiting Teaching Artists, Las Cafeteras and Jonathan Santos comes from the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund to fuel resources into the Owen District, 2013-2014 academic year.