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LEAF Community Arts (LEAF), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is comprised of LEAF Festival, LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International.  In 2013, we archived the name Lake Eden Arts Festival, honoring our history and recognizing that the heart of the work with cultural arts education programs extended well beyond the LEAF Festival. LEAF connects cultures & creates community through music & arts. Since 2004, LEAF has served more than 42,000 youth in the Asheville-Buncombe area and 10 countries, globally.

In 2015, LEAF launched two inaugural programs – LEAF Downtown AVL & LEAF Local Events – in order to further expand its mission to connect cultures and create community in the Asheville-Buncombe area.

We’re often asked, ‘what is LEAF?’ Here it is:

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LEAF Schools & Streets cultural arts programs use the arts to bridge cultures and create life-affirming, community building experiences – empowering our youth to become global citizens, leaders and agents of positive change.

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LEAF International is dedicated to cultural preservation, exchange, and fostering global citizenship. LEAF collaborate with communities to support Culture Keepers who teach local youth their traditional arts.

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LEAF Festival is LEAF’s founding event. For over 20 years, an inter-generational community gathers at Lake Eden for a dynamic experience of music, art and culture for around the globe. #1 Nonprofit Serving the Arts, #1 Festival for Kids, #1 Music Festival & #1 Festival for Camping in Western NC. 

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LEAF Downtown celebrates creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. This signature and inclusive community event encourages interpersonal exchange, cultural awareness, artistic excellence and welcoming spaces for all walks of life.

LEAF Press Releases

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LEAF Announces 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown Theme & Lineup

Asheville, NC Get ready to Turn It Up at the 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, taking place August 4-5, 2017 in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. LEAF Downtown AVL showcases dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances and local handcraft & culinary artists. Join the LEAF community to experience funk at its finest – pulsing through stages, conversations, connections and more! Visit theLEAF.org/downtown for more info on this inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event!

“Join us for the 3rd LEAF Downtown AVL 2017 to celebrate music, art, culture August 4 & 5, 2017! Prepare for a fully immersive experience, welcoming families and all walks of life to gather as one community in the heart of our beautiful mountain city of Asheville. LEAF Downtown AVL will feature a wealth of community partner programming including the return of our Voices of Asheville tent, dozens of family adventure activities, three stages featuring over 200 local, regional & national level performers, 80+ local culinary and craft arts vendors, a one-of-a-kind VIP experience and our 3rd annual LEAF Art Dash 5K! LEAF Downtown first emerged onto the Asheville scene August 2015 as a critical expansion of the LEAF Community Arts’ mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts. No matter who you are or where you are from, LEAF Downtown AVL promises to offer a welcoming & safe environment where you can experience a world-class event for free. This summer LEAF Downtown is getting ready to “Turn it up!” with legendary funk, reggae, world and soul music bringing the HEAT to Pack Square Park!” – Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director

WHAT: 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL
WHEN: FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017
WHERE: PACK SQUARE PARK | ASHEVILLE, NC
COST: FREE
VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE: Click Here
MORE INFORMATION: theLEAF.org/Downtown
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3RD ANNUAL LEAF DOWNTOWN AVL 2017 PERFORMING ARTISTS LINEUP

The Family Stone (50th Year Anniversary)
Easy Star All-Stars, Rare Essence
Escort [Live Band], LEAF Funk Mix-Tape Band,
Free Planet Radio, Fly By Night Rounders, Billy Jonas,
Black Masala, The Digs, The Paper Crowns, I-Star,
The Hustle Souls, Back South Band, Nex Millen, DJ Malinalli
The Lefties, Lisa Zahiya, Otto Aquaboogy, Big Chief Shaka Zulu
Blue Ridge Pride Drag Show, Unifire Theater, Faerie Kin, Toybox Theater,
Hood Huggers Community Talent Show, LEAF International NOLA,
& many more…

June 8, 2017 - 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown Lineup Press Release
February 20, 2017 - 4th Annual LEAF Arts & Parks Camp!
February 16, 2017 - 4th Annual LEAF Newsong Singer-Songwriter Competition!

 

February 16, 2017 – 4th Annual LEAF Newsong Singer-Songwriter Competition

February 9th, 2017 – 44th LEAF Festival Official Lineup Press Release
January 31, 2017 - Transforming Education Through Hip-Hop Culture
January 19, 2017 - Spring '17 LEAF Theme Announcement!
December 21, 2016 - NEA Grant Awarded to LEAF Community Arts!
September 15, 2016 - Announcing the LEAF Love Fund Campaign!
July 7th, 2016 - 43rd LEAF Festival: OFFICIAL LINEUP!
June 7, 2016 – LEAF Downtown Theme & Lineup!
May 3, 2016 – 42nd LEAF Festival!
March 9, 2016 – David Simchock Exhibit at Pisgah Brewing!
Feb 9, 2016 – 3rd Annual Newsong Singer-Songwriter Competition!
Feb 2, 2016 – World Fusion w/ Cuban Spice!
January 19, 2016 – Spring ’16 LEAF Festival – Theme!
January 6, 2016 – National Endowment for the Arts Awards $27.6 Million+

LEAF in the News

Why Everyone Should Be Listening to Balkan Beat Box - November 1, 2016

Why Everyone Should Be Listening to Balkan Beat Box – November 1, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Sophie Harris –  “Hip-hop and traditional music are the polarities, but there’s a lot in between. We’ve always been intrigued by mashing up stuff…”

Q+A with Arouna Diarra & The AZA Band - October 28, 2016

Q+A with Arouna Diarra & The AZA Band – October 28, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall –  “I had a great love of African music from the time that I was a teenager…”

Q+A with Third World - October 27, 2016

Q+A with Third World – October 27, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall –  “Though the band is not touring, Third World made an appearance at fall LEAF on Saturday night…”

In Photos: Fall LEAF 2016 - October 25, 2016

In Photos: Fall LEAF 2016 – October 25, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – Alli Marshall –  “Meanwhile, the Tibetan Buddhist Monks could be seen riding throughout the festival grounds on a modified shuttle complete with rooftop seating and a dance pole affixed to its hood…”

Adventure: Asheville - October 24, 2016

Adventure : Asheville – October 24, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Becca Colehower –  “After a long night at the Orange Peel and a couple hours of sleep, we bundled up to head about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville to Black Mountain, North Carolina, where we spent the day at the LEAF Festival…”

Vaud & the Villians - a 19-Piece Time-Traveling Band - October 24, 2016

Vaud & the Villians… – October 24, 2016 – The Odyssey Community – By Sophie Harris –  “If you were to take a modern band, and then have them time travel to perform in a film noir, you would get Vaud and the Villains…”

Connecting Cultures: LEAF Returns to Downtown Asheville - July 28, 2016

Connecting Cultures: LEAF Returns to Downtown Asheville – July 28, 2016 – Biltmore Beacon – By Shelby Harrell –  “‘The “Voices of Asheville” tent will be back as a place to learn about the rich history of Asheville as well as its current challenges. Lots of different “Voices” will be present to share, such as Pisgah Legal Services, HACA Residents Housing Council, Center for Diversity Education, and plenty more…”

LEAF Downtown enters its second year - July 27, 2016

LEAF Downtown enters second year – July 27, 2016 – Mountain Xpress – By Bill Kopp –  “We’re taking the formula that we had last year and ramping it up. We’re aiming for a natural, evolutionary growth. From a core mission perspective, we’ve made LEAF Downtown about showcasing the very best of what Asheville has to offer. Give us sunshine out there, and we’ll give you an incredible show…”

LEAF Downtown Treats Include Funky War, Cosmic Papadosio - July 27, 2016

LEAF Downtown Treats Include Funky War, Cosmic PapadosioJuly 27, 2016 – Tribune Papers – By Pete Zamplas –  “LEAF Downtown Asheville invigorates with various musical treats starting with cosmic electronic Papadosio in the pre-party that benefits local music education, smash local acts such as rocking The Broadcast and progressive folk Jon Stickley Trio, and funky top act War in the second annual free street festival July 30-31…”

Live for Live Music - July 7, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Lineup – July 7, 2016 – LIVE for Live Music – By Dave Melamed –  “There are lots of exciting artists to catch this year, including Here Come The Mummies, Third World, Solas, Too Many Zooz, Chali 2na & The House Vibe, Dar Williams, Leah Song (of Rising Appalachia), The Hip Abduction and so many more!…”

Grateful Web Feature - July 7, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Lineup – July 7, 2016 – Grateful Web – By Mike Moran  –  Fall LEAF Festival ’16

Get Funky: War to Play Summer LEAF (Downtown) – June 7, 2016

Get Funky: War to Play Summer LEAF (Downtown) June 7, 2016 – Asheville Citizen-Times “Headlining band War, once fronted by British rocker Eric Burdon, is now led by original member Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan. Started in 1969, it is known for the hits “Spill the Wine,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “Low Rider“, and “Summer“. This is the band’s first performance at a LEAF event…”

Recap: Fun at the LEAF Festival – May 20, 2016

Recap: Fun at the LEAF FestivalMay 20, 2016 – ArtsNowNC – “One of the highlights was meeting some of the ladies of Gee’s Bend, a tiny, rural, African-American community in Alabama known for quilt making. Mostly the decedents of slaves, the people of Gee’s Bend have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-19th century. Pushing the boundaries of traditional quilting, these quilts included bright colors and were expressive and unconventional…”

Why My First LEAF Festival Won’t Be My Last – May 19, 2016

Why My First LEAF Festival Won’t Be My LastMay 19, 2016 – Bullet Music – “This festival is an all-in-one experience. Attendees can enjoy a pleasant, family environment during the day, where children perform, food is in the air, and acro-yoga in the field. You may even make it to the Chilean Drum Workshop if you sprint fast enough across the land. At night, you will find pockets of jams amongst the campsites, and at the top of the hill, in a cut, you will come across the after-hours (18+) drum circle that goes until the sun comes back up. Altogether, this is a sophisticated, established festival that brings immensely talented musicians to Appalachia and has something for everyone…”

Jon Stickley Trio seizes Music Video Asheville honors, captivates LEAF – May 18, 2016

Jon Stickley Trio seizes Music Video Asheville honors, captivates LEAFMay 18, 2016 – The Tribune Papers – “The Jon Stickley Trio is blazing an ear and eye-opening path with sensational instrumentation in uplifting, up-tempo “newgrass” blends, after dominating Music Video Asheville top awards then wowing crowds at LEAF this past weekend…”

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina – May 16, 2016

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North CarolinaMay 16, 2016 – Live for Live Music – “Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag…”

Spherical Shot of Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All-Stars – May 15, 2016
LEAF Festival feature on Ashvegas.com – May 12, 2016

LEAF Festival feature on Ashvegas.comMay 12, 2016 – Ashevegas.com – “Since the US began easing Cuban sanctions under the Obama administration, travel to Cuba and interest in the island nation has grown quickly. Recently, the first US cruise ship made a stop in Havana. Journalist Jon Elliston, who has visited the country several times and is working on a study of the state of Cuban media, sees events like this as “opening one more bridge between the US and Cuba, just like LEAF is doing by bringing Cuban artists here as part of a greater process of our two countries getting along…”

Festival Bring Big Economic Punch – May 9, 2016

Festival Bring Big Economic PunchMay 9, 2016 – Asheville Citizen-Times – “LEAF pulls 6,000 visitors a day to historic Camp Rockmont. They all buy their tickets in advance, making a commitment for a single day or the weekend. Pickering said about 45 percent of the turnout comes from around the Southeast, including the Greenville-Spartanburg area, Charleston, across North Carolina, up from Atlanta and Florida and as far away as Washington state…”

Música de la pasión caliente! – May 4, 2016

Música de la pasión caliente! LEAF adds Cuban spice to invigorating music May 13-15May 4, 2016 – The Tribune Papers – “LEAF has long promoted international music, including hypnotic Afro-Cuban dance sounds. Ehren Cruz enthusiastically described Cuban music: “From the big band garacho sounds, to salsa, to timba, to bolero, samba, afro-cuban Jazz, and even a new wave of ‘reggaeton’ emerging from Cuba … the islands music packs a big punch in all genres…”

Above & Beyond: Celebration of Champions Honors Volunteers – April 18, 2016

Above & Beyond: Celebration of Champions Honors Volunteers April 18, 2016 – The Laurel of Asheville – “… the three local partnerships crucial to his service throughout the years are with ACSF, LEAF Schools and Streets, and Roots + Wings School of Art (RWSA)…”

Sarah Jarosz Plots Extensive 2016 Tour – April 5, 2016

Sarah Jarosz Plots Extensive 2016 TourApril 5, 2016 – Rolling Stone – Tour date mention. 

LEAF Festival Announces Cuban Theme for Spring – January 19, 2016

LEAF Festival Announces Cuban Theme for Spring – January 19, 2016 – Asheville Citizen Times – “What better time to celebrate the sounds of Cuba than right now, as the U.S. relaxes travel and trade restrictions with our island neighbor? LEAF Community Arts will commemorate this new relationship and celebrate the country’s history of rich sounds at May’s LEAF Festival...”

41st LEAF Festival – October 23, 2015

41st LEAF FestivalOctober 23, 2015 – Grateful Web – “The thousands in attendance came not only for the six stages full of music, but also for the traditions that have become staples in the LEAF tradition: LEAF Fiddle Contest; Healing Arts Village; Ziplining, Lakeside Activities and Camping; LEAF Hike; LEAF Member’s Party; Healing Arts Village; Roaming Performing Artists; LEAF Parade (Mardi Gras-style this Festival); LEAF Southern Fried Poetry Slam; LEAF Arts Ed Pavilion (formerly called the Outreach Pavilion);  Fire Performance by Unifire Theatre; Community Tribal Drum Circle…”

Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAF – October 20, 2015

Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAFOctober 20, 2015 – AshevilleGrit.com – ” LEAF was an incredible container for all our cross pollination of muse and spirit and we were delighted to connect with old friends and dance our tails off all weekend to pretty much every band on the stage. We are incredibly thankful that LEAF has such a solid relationship with New Orleans and that the bridge between Appalachia and the bayou remains as strong as ever…”

An Interview with LEAF Performer Marcel Anton – October 20, 2015

An Interview with LEAF Performer Marcel AntonOctober 20, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “Asheville-based musician and composer Marcel Anton answered questions in the LEAF Press Lounge on Saturday. During the festival, he performed with Jeff Thompson’s SoulofNOLA project, which kicked off the weekend, as well as his own band. He also led the LEAF members party at The Barn on Sunday…”

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 2 – October 19, 2015

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 2October 19, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “The LEAF Festival marked its 20-year anniversary in May, and last weekend’s event was the 41st biannual celebration. And while it’s grown and evolved over the years, there’s also the sense that LEAF has remained true to its core principals and preserved its earnestly freaky essence. Undeniably family oriented, the festival feels safe without being obsessively G-rated. Weirdness is celebrated on many levels and exploration — especially in the artistic sense — is encouraged…”

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 1 – October 18, 2015

Golden Autumn Days: LEAF Recap, Part 1October 18, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – ” it’s at the shufftle drop-off on Camp Rockmont property where the magic really starts, when the daily business and routine fall away and you’re surrounded by fall colors, mountain vistas and thousands of people in costumes and various stages of parading or stiltwalking or slack-line yoga-ing. It’s pretty much like wandering into a participatory carnival…”

6 Questions with LEAF Performers Sol Driven Train – October 12, 2015

6 Questions with LEAF Performers Sol Driven TrainOctober 12, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “We are excited to have two sets at LEAF, one on the Lakeside stage and one in the intimate setting of The Barn. On our Saturday Lakeside set, we will be joined by local school kids from Swannanoa Valley Montessori [as part of] the LEAF Schools & Streets program. We are going to be in the classroom all week with these kids. With the New Orleans theme at this festival, we are going to be teaching the students a few songs from NOLA that were favorites of mine when I was a kid…”

8 Questions with LEAF Performers The Revivalists – October 9, 2015

8 Questions with LEAF Performers The RevivalistsOctober 9, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “Rock and soul band The Revivalists are based in New Orleans. The group, led by vocalist David Shaw, formed in 2007, and recently released its latest studio album, Men Amongst Mountains, which seems fitting considering this festival’s concept…”

5 Questions with LEAF Performer Jeff Thompson – October 8, 2015

5 Questions with LEAF Performer Jeff ThompsonOctober 8, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – “I couldn’t be more excited about the set my band and I have put together for LEAF this Fall. We are calling this project “SouloNOLA,” since it has involved a return to my New Orleans roots. I grew up there and still return as often as I can, so it’s been really cool to intentionally put together a set that honors my hometown…”

LaMotte and Guatemalan Children to Perform – October 3, 2015

LaMotte and Guatemalan Children to PerformOctober 3, 2015 – Black Mountain News “Guatemala is geographically closer to Asheville than California is, but in other ways, it is worlds away. Through the work of PEG Partners and LEAF International, children in Guatemala have more opportunities and possibilities…”

Aaron Neville, Pres Hall… – September 23, 2015

Aaron Neville, Pres Hall…September 23, 2015 – Live for Live Music – “The LEAF Festival has announced its lineup for the 41st annual festivities! Taking place on the beautiful Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC, LEAF is celebrating all things NOLA in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. With a theme of “Celebrating the Spirit of New Orleans,” LEAF has unveiled a lineup with Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Dumpstaphunk (x2) at the top.  The festival is held from October 15-18, and the full lineup includes such top-notch performers as Rebirth Brass Band, Rising Appalachia, The Revivalists, Charmaine Neville, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Roosevelt Collier’s Gospel and more!..”

Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall & Dumpstaphunk Headline 41st LEAF Festival! – September 23, 2015

Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall & Dumpstaphunk Headline 41st LEAF Festival! September 23, 2015 – Live Music Daily – ” August 29th, 2015 marked the 10th year since Hurricane Katrina impacted New Orleans, Louisiana – environmentally, socially and economically.  In honor of the contributions that this cultural capital of the world has given to music, food, the arts and LEAF, the 41st LEAF Festival has been created with the inspirational theme of “Celebrating the Spirit of New Orleans” at heart. “

Asheville Downtown turns over a new LEAF, putting Bele Chere to rest once and for all – August 3, 2015

Asheville Downtown turns over a new LEAF, putting Bele Chere to rest once and for allAugust 3, 2015 – 880 The River – By Jeff Messer – “Less all-consuming than Bele Chere had been in the past, when it closed down virtually all of downtown for a weekend, much to the joy of downtown businesses in the early years, then their contempt in later years, LEAF occupied the Pack Square Park area up to Vance monument, without interruption to the traffic and the majority of businesses in downtown.”

Jennifer Pickering & Community – August 31, 2015

Jennifer Pickering & Community August 31, 2015 – WLOS News 13

LEAF Downtown reports 12,000-person crowd – August 3, 2015

LEAF Downtown reports  12,000-person crowd – August 3, 2015  – Asheville Citizen Times – By Emily Patrick – “…the crowd peaked during a performance by Bootsy Collins, the festival’s headliner event who is known for his space-themed performances featuring the star-shaped Space Bass.  “It got beautiful,” said LEAF founder Jennifer Pickering. “The mothership landed in downtown in the most beautiful, positive, diverse experience that I’ve ever had in Asheville.”

LEAF Downtown Well-Received – August 3, 2015

LEAF Downtown Well-Received August 3, 2015 – WLOS News 13

LEAF Downtown – August 2, 2015

LEAF DowntownAugust 2, 2015 – Romantic Asheville – By Mark File – “These folks know how to present a great event since they host the big LEAF Festival twice a year in Black Mountain for more than 20 years. Celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown in Pack Square Park.”

First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2 – July 30, 2015

First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2July 30, 2015 – By AshevilleNC.com – “After 20 years of producing WNC’s #1 Music Festival, #1 Festival for Camping and #1 Festival for Kids, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF) is proud to announce the first Annual LEAF Downtown AVL taking place August 1st and 2nd in Pack Square Park.”

Diversity in Downtown AVL – July 29, 2015

Diversity in Downtown AVL July 29, 2015 – By The Mountaineer – “Don’t miss the first ever LEAF Downtown AVL event —taking place on from noon – 10 p.m. on Aug. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 in Pack Square Park.”

Your Guide to Asheville’s new festival LEAF Downtown – July 29, 2015

Your Guide to Asheville’s new festival LEAF DowntownJuly 29, 2015 – Asheville Citizen Times –  By Emily Patrick – “In the interest of navigating this new world, Scene has created two suggested itineraries — one geared toward music enthusiasts and one geared toward families. But in true LEAF style, the two overlap. There’s plenty for kids with adult tastes as well as for the young at heart.”

Branching Out: LEAF Downtown AVL festival – July 28, 2015

Branching Out: LEAF Downtown AVL festivalJuly 28, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Bill Kopp – “The organizers of LEAF Community Arts launched their signature event — the now-biannual LEAF Festival at Lake Eden in Black Mountain — in 1995. “When you hit a landmark like 20 years,” says LEAF Executive Director Jennifer Pickering, “it’s time to ask yourself: ‘How are we meeting our mission? How are we serving our community? What are the new opportunities, the new ways of doing things?’” A conversation that began in 2014 yielded some answers, and an outgrowth of those conclusions is the upcoming LEAF Downtown AVL, a free event taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug 1-2, in Pack Square Park.”

LEAF Downtown Asheville is Aug. 1-2 Free Festival – July 28, 2015

LEAF Downtown Asheville is Aug. 1-2 Free FestivalJuly 28, 2015 – The Tribune Papers – By Pete Zamplas – “…the festival has a LEAF-like local emphasis with more than 90 vendors including craft brewers, also healing arts, roaming artists, art installations and interactive play. The Family Adventure Zone, EASEL RIDER, and the Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone are among family attractions.”

Inaugural LEAF Art Dash Asheville 5k this Saturday – July 27, 2015

Inaugural LEAF Art Dash Asheville 5k this SaturdayJuly 27, 2015 –  Asheville Citizen Times – By Karen Chavez – “At key points along the route, runners or families may take an artful moment with volunteers from Roots + Wings School of Art and Design to create small works of art that will contribute to a larger communal project that will then be donated back to the City of Asheville.”

The changing landscape of Asheville’s free music festivals – July 24, 2015

The changing landscape of Asheville’s free music festivals July 24, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Ben Williamson – ““As a nonprofit, tickets for LEAF have been a main source of revenue,” Pickering says. “Since this is a free event … anyone can come, but it’s challenging in that we have to look at creative funding streams.” LEAF Downtown AVL incorporates a wide variety of for-profit satellite events, such as a kickoff party with the Ohio Players at New Mountain; a VIP experience; a “Bootsy Funk Dynasty Day” with funk icon Bootsy Collins; and a 5K run.”

My Journey to LEAF Festival – June 1, 2015

My Journey to LEAF Festival – June 1, 2015 – By Joseph McKee – “It is easy to be captivated by the plethora of interactive arts, vendors, workshops and impromptu performances. However, the heart of LEAF reveals itself in the interactions between musicians and a captivated audience.”

Why LEAF is One of the Best Fests Around – May 5, 2015

Why LEAF is One of the Best Fests AroundMay 5, 2015 – By Asheville Grit – “I think what I like most about LEAF is the complete sense of community. Everyone arrives ready to relax and catch up with friends, and everything about the festival works to reinforce a sense of togetherness: the funky world music vibe; the sharing of dance, art and food; the surrounding embrace of the beautiful mountains. To attend LEAF is to step out of your singular life and experience real togetherness.”

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to Downtown – April 20, 2015

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to DowntownApril 20, 2015 – By ExploreAsheville.com – “Mark your calendars–there’s a new reason to get funky in downtown Asheville this summer!  Two years after the final installment of the long-running Bele Chere, Asheville welcomes a new free, family-friendly festival from LEAF Community Arts…”

New Summer Music Fest to Fill Some of Bele Chere’s Void – April 17, 2015

New Summer Music Fest to Fill Some of Bele Chere’s VoidApril 17, 2015 – Asheville Citizen Times – By Emily Patrick – “LEAF Community Arts, which organizes LEAF Festival in Black Mountain twice a year, will create the event, which will include three stages, food trucks and more than 90 locally-owned and artisan vendors and business partners.”

LEAF announces free event in Pack Square Park, Aug. 1 and 2 – April 16, 2015

LEAF announces free event in Pack Square Park, Aug. 1 and 2April 16, 2015 – Mountain Xpress – By Alli Marshall – “LEAF will hold the first  LEAF Downtown AVL event in Pack Square Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2. The free mini-festival will include Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Empire Strikes Brass, The London Souls and more.”

A Weekend of Global Gratitude at LEAF’s 40th Festival – March 27, 2015

A Weekend of Global Gratitude at LEAF’s 40th FestivalMarch 27, 2015 – By The Laurel of Asheville – “At LEAF Festival, our senses go wild. From the scent of crêpes sizzling in the pan to the sights of hula hoops spinning and the sounds of laughter, there is so much for the whole family to experience at Lake Eden in Black Mountain.”

LEAF: Bringing the Funk Back to the Mountains – June 16, 2014

LEAF: Bringing the Funk Back to the Mountains – June 16, 2014 – Concert Photos Magazine – By Jeremy Chrzan – “LEAF is also the perfect place to let loose to the awesome music and put your dance on…” 

LEAF Festival Review – May 11, 2014

LEAF Festival Review – May 11, 2014 – Appalachain Jamwich – By Michael Phillips – “Upon arriving, it became apparent that this festival was going to be much different than most I have encountered.”

Live Review: LEAF, Black Mountain, N.C. – May 11, 2014

Live Review: LEAF, Black Mountain, N.C.  – May 11, 2014 – Creative Loafing – By Pat Moran – “Bedecked in silvery, multi-hued top hat and tails, star-shaped bass slung low on his hips, Bootsy Collins whipped the crowd into a delirious frenzy at LEAF’s Lakeside Stage on Saturday night.”

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins – May 10, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins – May 10, 2014 – Something Else – By Michael Walsh –  “‘People say I’m crazy to get out here with you without security,’ said Bootsy, ‘but y’all are my security.’”

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“More than 100 million Americans attend arts and cultural festivals each year. It is time that we start to examine these festivals more closely,” said NEA Chairman. Presenting the 1st study of outdoor arts festivals, LEAF and the National Black Arts Festival were the two organizations (out of 1,400 participants) selected to speak at the NEA Advisory Council (Presidential Appointed) annual meeting. LISTEN IN HERE.


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May 16, 2016Live at LEAF: Masankho Banda

May 13, 2016Live at LEAF: Jon Stickley Trio

October 14, 2015Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk on Slumber Party

August 3, 2015Asheville Downtown to Turn Over a New LEAF 

July 29, 2015The Jeff Messer Show (880 The Revolution)

July 22, 2015Talking Elvis & LEAF Downtown on Slumber Party

April 1, 2015What’s Your Story? (WPVM – 103.7FM)

February 3, 2015The Jeff Messer Show (880 The Revolution)

 

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Press Photos – LEAF Festival 

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Press Photos – LEAF Downtown AVL

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Press Photos – LEAF International
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Press Photos – LEAF School & Streets
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Press Photos – Lake Eden Grounds
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