Community Partners

LEAF Schools & Streets is so thankful for our members, partners, sponsors and grants that together support cultural arts education on a local level!


LEAF Membership

LEAF Membership directly supports both LEAF International and LEAF Schools & Streets cultural arts education programs.  Therefore, when you become a member you are directly supporting the continuity of arts education for groups that may not otherwise have access to the arts AND supporting cultural preservation work around the globe. Join today!




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. 

Asheville City Schools

Art in the Park Grant | The Easel Rider Asheville Global Citizens project 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 1 – August 3, 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.

AAAC_Logo_2017 Asheville Art in the Park

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.

The Dan Lucas Memorial Fund

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.

NC Arts Council

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. 

South Arts


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 Cortina Caldwell, LEAF Community Relations Director 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