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LEAF Schools & Streets thanks the
for a wonderful an Educational Informance with:
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

on Monday, May 12th, 2014!
Thank you to all of the schools who attended. We hope to see you at the Educational Informance on October 20, 2014!

Year-Round Local Arts Education Programs

14 resident teaching artists • 18 weekly programs  
6 schools • 8 centers/organizations    
LEAF Schools & Streets has both IN-SCHOOL and AFTER-SCHOOL programs. We are in public, private, charter and home schools. LSS also works in public housing communities, community centers, group homes, juvenile detention facilities and more.

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Resident Teaching Artists with community centers and after-school programs for year-round programming. Teaching Artists work with youth, teaching them their performing art through rich, hands-on learning experiences that culminate with an opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF, as well as other performance opportunities throughout their individual communities.

Before each festival, LEAF Schools & Streets sends out information to schools and community centers about available Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies. These are festival performers who work with youth 1 to 5 days before the festival, engaging them in learning about their specific art-form and culture, with the opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF.

In turn, youth gain an experience of a lifetime.

Parents and youth report a variety of responses including increased self-esteem, exposure to ethnicity and cultural awareness, confidence and a sense of our global community.

Check out photos of our Winter/Spring 2014 programs!

 LSSIRLChristineHipHop 591x640 LSSIRLNinaCircusArts 591x640

 LSSIRLErinn14  LSSIRLSantosSpring14

LSSEnkaMSOtto  LSSOwenMiddleAdama

LSSErwinMiddleLisaSpring14  LSSReynoldsMSAdama

LSSYMCAHKD14  LSSArtAfternoonNina


Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 programs!

LSSBurtonStLisaFall13  LSSGrantCenterImhotepFall13

LSSYMINadirahFall13  LSSShilohChristineFall13

LSSDeltaHouseFall13  LSSDeaverviewLisa

LSSWoodridgeChristine13  LSSDeltaHouseImhotep


Click here to see more photos of past programs!
Interested in a
LEAF Schools & Streets program
for your school or center?

Contact Jocelyn Reese, Director of
LEAF Schools & Streets
828 | 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
LEAF Schools & Streets
Arts Education
programs include:

Resident Teaching Artists from WNC working in Asheville

• 1-2 hours weekly for 4-7 months during the school year; includes opportunity to perform at the LEAF Festival

Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies

• 4+ days; may perform at the LEAF Festival
• 1-3 day(s); may perform at the LEAF Festival
• 45 min. to 1 hour sessions

Youth Performances with Teaching Artists including LEAF Festival and other community events
Community Outreach Performances at the Orange Peel and other venues in Asheville

Click here for a featured article from Education Week highlighting the TAPAS partnership of Asheville City Schools Foundation, UNC-Asheville, and LEAF Schools & Streets.

Visiting Teaching Artists
May 2014: 
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