Visiting Teaching Artists

Special Arts Immersion Programs for Youth provided by LEAF Festival Performers

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.

LEAF Schools & Streets hosts professional performers as Visiting Teaching Artists for each festival. Schools that book a Visiting Teaching Artist will have a 3-5 day residency with that artist. Visiting Artists typically do a whole school performance as part of the residency.

To reserve an artist or to get more information, contact Jocelyn Reese, LEAF Schools & Streets
Director: |828/68-MUSIC [686-8742]


Click on the pictures below to see the residencies for October 2014!

Check out the video of Middle Grounds at Erwin Middle School!

The Middle Grounds Project brings a universal message of peace through a fusion of world cultures. Middle Grounds unites modal quarter tone scales, pan-Middle Eastern rhythms, from Spain in the west, to Iran in the east. Each artist brings their own unique, rich cultural traditions and talent to the ensemble. Middle Grounds provided a spectacular residency at Erwin Middle School though the LEAF Schools & Streets program!

Visiting Teaching Artist Spotlight


North Carolina Folk Traditions at Hall Fletcher Elementary with Molasses Creek!

“A great experience for all on many levels.” -Marcy Brenner of Molasses Creek

Molasses Creek’s high-energy performance skills and phenomenal songwriting brought the love of their coastal home of Ocracoke Island, NC to the classroom! In this interactive and fun residency, the band presented contemporary folk music using acoustic instruments to a group of 62 2nd graders at Hall Fletcher Elementary in West Asheville.

“The band was amazing and captured children’s interest as soon as they met. They were so kind and made the music so fun for them!” shared the teacher, Erica. “They were able to learn a totally new form of music anddance they have never been introduced to (and from our own state!).”

“I learned to keep on the sunny side” shared student Leah. Another student learned “dancing, singing and teamwork” from their LEAF Schools & Streets Residency!