Visiting Teaching Artists | Residency Program

Special Arts Immersion Programs for Youth provided by LEAF Festival Performers

LEAF Schools & Streets hosts professional performers as Visiting Teaching Artists in a residency-style program the week prior to LEAF Festival. Elementary, middle and high school educators have the opportunity to book a Visiting Teaching Artist for a 3-5 day residency with that artist. Visiting Artists typically do collective performance as a finale to the residency.

To get more information about Visiting Teaching Artists (VTA) for the Fall LEAF Festival (October 2016), contact Taylor Densmore, Outreach Coordinator at | 828.68-MUSIC [686-8742]


Click pictures below to learn about October 2016 VTA Residencies!

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

LEAF International Bequia | Kids on Pans

LEAF International Bequia | Kids on Pans

This amazing five-day residency will bring together LEAF International & LEAF Schools & Streets together for the October 2016 LEAF Festival. Their residency will bridge cultures that are worlds apart for an exciting educational opportunity that will introduce students to the rich culture of the Caribbean. The youth at this residency will be able to expand their cross-cultural understanding and their ability to perform as global citizens through dancing and drumming instruction that is deeply embedded in Caribbean rhythm, and acts of positive resistance to challenge oppression. The techniques and concepts will be demonstrated by students at a grand finale performance to take place on stage at LEAF Festival.