LEAF Community Arts | Mission

LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs.

LEAF 2020 Vision: : Transforming Lives, Connecting Cultures and Generating Unity.
LEAF is looking towards 2020 and the legacy we want to be generating in the communities we serve. We see ourselves using music, art and festivals to create welcoming places and spaces of possibility that foster shared experiences powerful enough to transform lives, connect cultures and generate unity.

LEAF Values:
Being Mission-Driven • Integrity • Openness, • “You Got This” Positive Attitude • Collaboration • Equity

 Families • Youth • Artists • Performers • Volunteers • Collaborators • Sponsors • Customers • Staff

Cultural Arts Education 

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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.

Signature Events

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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 Festival for Kids, Music & 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 is a Developmental Asset-Infused Organization

assets_circleDevelopmental Assets built through LEAF include:
Cultural Competence
Personal Power
Community Values Youth
Adult Role Models
Creative Activities



“Building a loving, life changing legacy through cross cultural connection, this is worth every penny invested; take a moment to explore what LEAF does, day in and day out. Talk to me if you have questions, this is the real deal. This is the essential work, empowering youth through music and arts, connecting us all and inviting us into being the best we can be.”

Tommy George

LEAF Board Emeritus

As an organization, LEAF Community Arts encompasses so many things that are of great value to me personally. It speaks to community (local and global), kids, music and arts. It inspires a tremendous amount of hope to see so many people coming together to exercise their philanthropic nature to a myriad of necessary causes.


Reggie Tidwell

LEAF Board President Emeritus

I would like to welcome you to LEAF [Fall Festival], the ending of a great year and the beginning of many more to experience. Something [or someone] from LEAF, you will hold in your memories for many, many stories to that you will tell. A tear drop of love that LEAF leaves with you.


Deborah Bryant

LEAF Board Chair

LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2018

LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2017

LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2016

LEAF Board supports LEAF Community Arts year around through visioning, planning, event support and community service.

LEAF Community Arts is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
Legal Name: LEAF Community Arts   DBA: LEAF

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Board of Directors 2018 

Derek Allen | Board President
Civic-Minded Zoning & Land Use Planning Attorney
Deborah Bryant | Board Chair
Youth Development & Family Services
Pete Roe | Treasurer

Business & Finance Advisor

Jen Beasley | Secretary + Archivist
Community Outreach & Logistics
Neely Neu | Whip
Real Estate
Joanne Badr-Morgan
Attorney, History,and Cultural & Community Leadership
Gary Broome
Marketing & Design
Jim Diaz
Entrepreneur & Strategic Planning
Naima Dido
International Business & Community Development
Bill Feste 
Public School Educator, Instructional Technologist, & Prankster
Vanessa Guerrero
UNCA Juntos Coordinator
Kerri Hampton
Educator & Non-profit Planning
Dr. “Big E” Eric Howard
Educational Policies, Social Work & Photography
Ford Willis
Business Operations & Longtime LEAFer

Steve Wilmans
Entrepreneur, Music & Recording Business & Preservation
Mike Zinsmeister
Global Marketing & Strategic Organizational Development
Board Emeritus Council |
LEAF’s Treasured Circle of Support who fueled LEAF’s work & vision, and continue to help guide LEAF forward. Board Emeritus served full Board terms or helped start the organization:
Carol Antman • Ivi Bilich
Cleaster Cotton • Tracy Massiello Brown
Christine DiBenedetto • James Fisher
Tommy George • River Guerguerian
Kelly Hanson • Elbert Hargrave
Cliff Hotchkiss •  Jill Jones
Jim Magill • Holt Moore
Sarah Nie • Doug Orr
Anthony Thomas • Reggie Tidwell
Robert Todd • Jody Whitehurst
LEAF Attorneys At Law Emeritus
Bob Deutsch & Sean Devereux
Past Board Members |
Thank you for your service & Dedication to LEAF:
Jana Daley • Bob Deutsch
Sean Devereux • Vince Floriani
Elizabeth Hunter  • Selena Lauterer 
Meg MacLeod • Jim Magill
Debrissa McKinney •  Wond Hallie
Doug Orr • Jaime Perkins
Michael Perling • Chuck Pickering
Craig Plocica • Rob Routhieaux
Selenah Seabrooks • Parvinder Sethi
Elizabeth Teague • Terri Teaque
Kat Williams • Anastasia Yarbrough

Thank you for your interest in LEAF Community Arts.
As a501C3 non-profit organization and a good community steward
it is essential to have healthy business practices to take great care of LEAF’s work,
mission,and our amazing supporters investments. A few of LEAF’s priority values
are integrity, openness, and being mission-driven. If you are seeking additional information
about LEAF’s budget, policies, manuals, or other aspects please email Business@theLEAF.org.

LEAF Annual Reports
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