Community Partners

LEAF Schools & Streets is so thankful for our community partners, who help bring quality art education to the youth.



Asheville City Schools Foundation/ IRL  In Real Life (IRL), a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, is a network of after-school programs designed to provide high-quality learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students. IRL actively works to address barriers to participation in after-school programs. LEAF Schools & Streets currently provides four IRL classes.  

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Asheville City Parks & Recreation | The backbone of services provided by the recreation department continues to be neighborhood-based programs, which provide a variety of recreational and leisure activities for all ages. LEAF Schools & Streets currently partners with Shiloh Community Center, Burton Street Community Center, and Wesley Grant Community Center. In 2013, LEAF Schools & Streets and the City of Asheville partnered to continue Easel Rider Programming. In 2014, LEAF and Asheville Parks & Rec collaborated to produce the first ever LEAF Summer Camp!
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Children First/Communities in Schools | The mission of Children First/CIS is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs. LEAF Schools & Streets has partnered with Children First in the Deaverview, Pisgah View & Woodridge Learning Centers to provide arts classes in the afterschool programs since 2004.

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Delta House Life Development of Asheville | Founded in 1983 by a group of African American women, this extended day after-school program provides enrichment classes and academic support. LEAF Schools & Streets partnered with Delta House to found the LEAF Delta Jazz Band program, as well as a NOLA Drum Line class and dance classes. 

YWCA of Asheville | The mission of the YWCA of Asheville is eliminating racism and empowering women. Partnering with LEAF Schools & Streets to reach young people through music and arts is one of the ways that the YWCA works to meet this mission.  

YMCA/21st Century Community Learning Centers | The YMCA/Buncombe County Schools 21st CCLC are funded by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to provide community-based support to students’ academic pursuits through experiential learning. LEAF Schools & Streets partners with YMCA/21st CCLC to provide after-school arts education in Buncombe County schools. 

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 French Broad Food Co-op French Broad Food Coop is a community-owned co-operative, dedicated to serving the owners and the WNC community by providing high quality natural foods and personal care products through a mutually beneficial exchange. This generous sponsorship supports LEAF Schools & Streets programs in Asheville City Schools, including In Real Life, a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. 


LEAF MemberSHIP | Our membership program will support the LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artist program in the Deaverview Learning Center as well as Visiting Teaching Artist programs, workshops, and community events for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Grant Support

Asheville City Schools Foundation | TAPAS  | A coalition comprised of ACSF, LEAF Schools & Streets and UNCA Craft Studies program members developed a “Teaching Artist Training” called TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) and identified local talent eager to work in our schools. The TAPAS program is committed to having 90 days of artists-in-residence during 2014-2015 school year in Asheville City Schools. 

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Art in the Park Grant | The Easel Rider “Dancing in the Park” series is funded in part by the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant.  For 10 Wednesdays in Pritchard Park this summer, June 3 – August 5, LEAF’s teaching artists will engage in interactive dance showcases. Audience members of all ages will be able to participate and learn from our wonderful artists. The Easel Rider will also host creative art activities to complement the performances.

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Black Mountain Swannanoa-Valley Endowment Fund | Support for Visiting Teaching Artists, Las Cafeteras and Jonathan Santos comes from the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund to fuel resources into the Owen District 2014 academic year.


Dan Lucas Memorial Fund | During the 2012-2013 school year, the LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House program, led by Resident Teaching Artist Gary Bradley, was funded in part by a grant from the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The grant was made in honor of Dan Lucas, a UNC-Asheville alum who died in 2008 while earning an advanced degree at UC-Berkeley. Lucas, a first-year candidate for a doctorate in Chemistry, was an Asheville resident for seven years and a talented musician and jazz enthusiast in the community.

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Grassroots Arts Program | This grant funds a portion of artists contract fees for the LEAF Delta Jazz Band. LEAF Schools & Streets partners with Delta House Life Development to inspire & engage local youth through the world of Jazz. Classes meet 3 times a week at Asheville Middle School.

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John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation | The LEAF Delta Jazz Program at Delta House was supported by the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation for the 2013-2014 school year, enabling LEAF Schools & Streets to continue developing the skills of aspiring young jazz musicians. 


National Endowment for the Arts | For May 2015, LEAF received its Fifth direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present R. Carlos Nakai at the LEAF Festival, and perform a 3-day residency in a local school. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.




Program Support Grant | In October 2014, the performances of Dom Flemons Trio, Bill Myers & The Monitors, and Shirlette Ammons were funded by the NC Arts Council for their festival performances and community events. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

South Arts | The Middle Grounds residency with Erwin Middle School in October 2014 was funded in part by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. 

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We wish to thank all of our collaborating partners, sponsors, donors and friends for their support over the years.

We believe we are stronger together.

If you are interested in partnering with LEAF, please contact us at

AmeriCorps, Appalachian State University – Office of International Education & Development, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Asheville Community Theatre, Acoustic Corner, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Burton St. Center/City of Asheville, Catalyst POETIX, City of Asheville – Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, El Centro Comunitario Of The Latino Advocacy Coalition, HandMade in America, Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, I Have A Dream, Klondyke Housing Community, Lake Tomahawk, Latino Information Network, Hendersonville, NC, Latino Learning Center, Latino Steering Committee – Asheville, NC Catholic Social Services, Mediation Center, Montford Center/City of Asheville, Mountain Roots Management, Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Swanannoa Valley Youth Development Center, Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women, W.C. Reid Center for Creative Arts/City of Asheville, Warren Wilson College, Western Youth Network, YMCA of Western North Carolina, YMI Cultural Center, Youth at Jazz, & the YWCA of Asheville