Visiting Teaching Artists

Special Arts Immersion Programs for Youth provided by LEAF Festival Performers

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 get more information about Visiting Teaching Artists for October 2015, contact Jocelyn Reese, LEAF Schools & Streets
Director: |828/68-MUSIC [686-8742]


Click on the pictures below to learn about the residencies
for October 2015



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

 proyecto jirondai

Proyecto Jirondai and LEAF International Costa Rica

Just One Footprint: Connecting Cultures with Ngäbe

In this amazing 5 day residency, two instructors from Native Ngäbe Culture
of South Costa Rica visited Rainbow Community School to teach the basics of their ancestral dance, a spiral that
reunites lots of people into a celebration of oneness. With traditional singing and
percussion, students felt the energy of sacred Ngäbe chanting and experienced a
workshop and performance from Dancers and LEAF International Students. LEAF
International youth joined the residency and performed with the students of Rainbow Community School at the May 2015 LEAF Festival. There was also a period of Q&A about everyday life for kids in both places. This unique culturally rich residency brought the Ngäbe songs and traditions of Costa Rica alive within the youth of Asheville.