LEAF Schools & Streets Programs


 15 resident teaching artists • 18 weekly programs  
6 schools • 8 centers/organizations


    LEAF Schools & Streets partners with the community to provide both IN-SCHOOL and AFTER-SCHOOL arts education programs. We are in public, private, charter and home schools. LEAF Schools & Streets also works in public housing communities, community centers, group homes, juvenile detention facilities and more.  Youth and parent participants in our programs report having increased self-esteem, greater exposure to ethnicity and cultural awareness, increased confidence and a sense of our global community.

Local Year-Round
Arts Education

Arts Education: Year-Round
Resident Teaching Artists

LEAF Schools & Streets matches Resident Teaching Artists  with community centers and after-school programs for year-round programming.  Teaching Artists teach the performing arts through rich, hands-on learning experiences that culminate with an opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF, as well as other community performance opportunities.

To read more about LEAF Schools & Streets in schools and community centers go to Resident Teaching Artist Programs.
To read more information and artist biographies go to Teaching Artists.

 

Easel Rider - Mobile Art Lab

Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab is all about connecting people and art.  The City of Asheville’s Cultural Arts Division partnered with LEAF in 2013 to operate the Easel Rider, boosting public access to art. The LEAF Schools & Streets Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that will challenge Ashevillians to experience creation on the go!

LEAF Delta Jazz Band

Since 2011, LEAF Schools & Streets has partnered with the Delta House Life Development After School program to provide Jazz classes for area youth.  The LEAF Delta Jazz Band has seen many youth come through its doors over the years and the group currently ranges in age from 10- adult.  This group was excited to host the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2012 and has since visited this famed Jazz institution in New Orleans and taken a master class.

Special Arts Immersion
Opportunities

Special Arts Immersion Programs
Visiting Teaching Artists

Before each festival, LEAF Schools & Streets sends out information to schools and community centers about available Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies. These are festival performers who work with youth 1 to 5 days before the festival, engaging them in learning about their specific art-form and culture, with the opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF.

EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience

LEAF Schools & Streets returns with EMErgence this year.  By celebrating the accessibility of music that technology provides, EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience seeks to provide a meaningful and engaging experience for youth in our local under-served community. EMErgence will feature master musicians, sound technicians and music producers both locally and nationally known, to encourage emerging young, aspiring artists from the Asheville community. 

LEAF Arts & Parks Summer Camp

Since 2014, LEAF partners with Asheville Parks & Recreation to hold LEAF Arts & Parks Summer Camp.  Housed at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Southside Community Center, Asheville Parks & Recreation and LEAF staff provided a full week of fun arts and performing arts activities. Registrations are now open for LEAF Arts & Parks camp for 2015.

About LEAF Schools & Streets’ Resident Teaching Artists

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Resident Teaching Artists with community centers and after-school programs for year-round programming. Teaching Artists work with youth, teaching them their performing art through rich, hands-on learning experiences that culminate with an opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF, as well as other performance opportunities throughout their individual communities.

Before each festival, LEAF Schools & Streets sends out information to schools and community centers about available Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies. These are festival performers who work with youth 1 to 5 days before the festival, engaging them in learning about their specific art-form and culture, with the opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF.

In turn, youth gain an experience of a lifetime.

Parents and youth report a variety of responses including increased self-esteem, exposure to ethnicity and cultural awareness, confidence and a sense of our global community.

 

Current Events  

05/11/2016 – 05/16/2016 Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies

05/16/2016 – M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

 

LEAF Schools & Streets presents M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
at the Orange Peel!

Asheville, NC – Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:00am, LEAF Schools & Streets invites the community to a culturally rich performance by M.A.K.U. Soundsystem at The Orange Peel. This performance is a fantastic opportunity for school field trips, homeschoolers, and all those who cannot make it to the LEAF Festival to experience distinctive, culturally infused sounds and an electrifying performance. The LEAF Festival in May is set to explore the theme World Fusion with Cuban Spice.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is an immigrant band from New York City, coming to shake up the Asheville community with music that combines the sounds of Columbian Folklore, Psychadelic rock, and Caribbean grooves. During their explosive performances, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem explores the realities of everyday people through a positive perspective, encompassing love, hardships, and culture. Their various musical backgrounds allow them to truly exemplify the idea of World Fusion and bring together a diverse room of listeners through their music.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion. Throughout their journey, they have explored various musical landscapes and collaborations, bringing cultural awareness to venues and festivals all across the United States and internationally. They will be adding another independent album to their previous successes on May 27th, to be titled, “Mezcla.”

LEAF Schools & Streets is delighted to share this wonderful opportunity to learn about and experience a taste of immigrant culture. School groups are encouraged to attend.

Who:  M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Date:  Monday, May 16th, 2016
Where: The Orange Peel
Time: Doors @ 10:30 am; Show @ 11:00am
Cost:   $3 students; $5 adults
Tickets: 
www.theorangepeel.net, or by phone

School Group Discounts and Group Ticket Reservations (pay day of concert): Email intern@theLEAF.org  or call 828-68-MUSIC [686-8742].  

Interested in a LEAF Schools & Streets program for your school or center?

Contact Katie Christie
Director of LEAF Schools & Streets 
828| 68 – MUSIC (686-8742)
katiechristie@theLEAF.org