LEAF Schools & Streets Programs
12 resident teaching artists • 8 visiting teaching artists • 18 weekly programs
5 schools • 6 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.
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.
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
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 2017.
About LEAF Artists & Residencies!
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.
Each Spring & Fall, LEAF Schools & Streets sends out information to schools and community centers about available Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies. These internationally, nationally and regionally touring performing artists who work with youth 3-5 days before LEAF Festival, engaging them in learning about various music genres, cultural traditions and song heritage. All participating youth then have the opportunity to perform on-stage at LEAF Festival.
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 working with a LEAF Resident or Visiting Teaching Artist?
Contact: Community Relations | 828| 68-MUSIC (686-8742) | outreach@theLEAF.org
Upcoming LEAF Schools & Streets Events!
2/26/17 12:00pm-6:30pm: Mardi Gras Celebration @ Burial Brewery w/ Perfromances from LEAF Teaching Artists Adama Dembele and Imhotep
3/4/17: Burton Street Hip-Hop Dancers Perform @ SoCon
3/19/17 – 3/22/17: LEAF Delta House Jazz Band Field Trip to New Orleans, LA
5/08/2017 – 5/12/2017: Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies
5/15/2017: Legends of Africa at The Orange Peel! (see below)
On Monday, May 15 from 11am-12pm, LEAF invites the community to a culturally rich performance by Masankho Banda, LEAF International Rwanda and LEAF International Tanzania at The Orange Peel. This performance is a fantastic opportunity for school field trips, homeschoolers, all those who want to continue the LEAF weekend, or cannot make to LEAF Festival to experience an electrifying cultural performance. The 44th LEAF Festival will be taking place the weekend prior (May 11-14) and is set to IGNITE & INSPIRE featuring Legends of Africa! This showcase will bring the energy from Lake Eden direct to Downtown Asheville!
Who: Legends of Africa : Cultural Arts Showcase!
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: Doors open @ 10:30am;
Show @ 11am to 12pm
Cost: $3 students; $5 adults
Tickets: theLEAF.org/visitingteachingartists or by phone
School & Group Discounts Available! Please Email: cortina@theLEAF.org or call 828-686-8742 to reserve.
Invoices will be issued in advance. Please have check or cash in hand on day of concert.