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.

 

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

Contact Schree Chavdarov
Cultural Arts Director
828| 68 – MUSIC (686-8742)
schree@theLEAF.org

 

Current Events  

10/17 – 10/21/2016 – Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies

10/24/2016 – Squirrel Nut Zippers & LEAF International Bequia | Kids on Pans

 Squirrel Nut Zippers 

Asheville, NC (8-25-16) – Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 11:00am, LEAF Schools & Streets will host an educational performance by the Squirrel Nut Zippers and LEAF International Bequia at The Orange Peel. All members of the community are invited to attend this ticketed showcase. For those who cannot make it to the LEAF Festival, or just want to see more of these amazing performers, this interactive “informance” is a great opportunity for school field trips, homeschoolers adults and artists of all ages. The goal is to provide an opportunity to learn about 1920s and 30s Big-Band Swing, Delta Blues, Gypsy Jazz, and Steel Pan Drumming.

Squirrel Nut Zippers, named after an old-fashioned candy bar, provide a sneak peek into America’s rich vintage jazz of the Roaring Twenties.  Influenced by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong, the sounds of this band is a treat to kids and listeners of all ages!

Join LEAF Schools & Streets in welcoming LEAF International Bequia. They will share the history and vibrant tradition of steel pan drumming. The revival of this local tradition has fostered community spirit, inspired discipline, deepened self-esteem and developed positive life values in the participating youth and community.  In the words of one of the students, “It is important to share my culture and steel pan drumming with others so that others can get to appreciate our different culture, just as how we learn about theirs.”

LEAF Schools & Streets is delighted to share this wonderful intercultural opportunity to learn about musical tradition, history and other cultures. For more information about LEAF Schools & Streets visit: theLEAF.org/lss For more information about LEAF International visit: theLEAF.org/International

What: LEAF Cultural Exchange
Who: Squirrel Nut Zippers & LEAF International Bequia
Date: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016
Time: Doors open @ 10:30 am; Show @ 11:00am
Cost: $3 students (grades K-12); $5 adults
Tickets:
theorangepeel.net or by phone: 828-398-1837

Reservations & Discounts for School Groups Contact:
Invoices will be issued in advance. Please have check or cash in hand on day of concert.
Email:
intern@theLEAF.org  or call 828. 68. MUSIC (686-8742)

LEAF International Bequia