Cultural arts programs use the arts to bridge cultures and create life-affirming, community building experiences – empowering our youth to become global citizens, leaders and agents of positive change.


 

LEAF Schools & Streets Online Classes

Like you, LEAF Global Arts is staying home. Fortunately for us all, music & art are universal and we can connect to each other from afar! For the month of April, we are excited to invite our global community to get engaged and get creative with LEAF Schools & Streets through virtual Cultural Arts education, exploration, and experiences! Some of our Teaching Artists will be offering free public online classes six days a week. Click the images below to get details on each class, and check out the full schedule on the LEAF Community Calendar.

April 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • West African Drumming & Dance for Kids
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  • Easel Rider Crafts on Facebook Live
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  • West African Music, Culture, and Language
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  • All-Ages Hip Hop - Old School to New School Moves
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  • Spread the Joy Collaborative Audio & Video Music Project
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  • West African Drumming & Dance for Kids with Adama Dembele
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  • Equity virtual summit
  • Easel Rider Crafts on Facebook Live
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  • West African Music, Culture, and Language
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  • All-Ages Hip Hop - Old School to New School Moves
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  • Spread the Joy Collaborative Audio & Video Music Project
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  • Interactive Rhythm and Drums at Home
  • Global Creative Writing: Exploring Expressive Styles from All Continents
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  • West African Drumming & Dance for Kids with Adama Dembele
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  • Easel Rider Crafts on Facebook Live
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  • West African Music, Culture, and Language
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  • All-Ages Hip Hop - Old School to New School Moves
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  • Spread the Joy Collaborative Audio & Video Music Project
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  • Interactive Rhythm and Drums at Home
  • Global Creative Writing: Exploring Expressive Styles from All Continents
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  • West African Drumming & Dance for Kids with Adama Dembele
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  • Easel Rider Crafts on Facebook Live
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  • West African Music, Culture, and Language
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  • All-Ages Hip Hop - Old School to New School Moves
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  • Spread the Joy Collaborative Audio & Video Music Project
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  • Interactive Rhythm and Drums at Home
  • Global Creative Writing: Exploring Expressive Styles from All Continents
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  • West African Drumming & Dance for Kids with Adama Dembele
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  • Easel Rider Crafts on Facebook Live

Youth Programs & Community Partners Across Buncombe County!

 

LEAF Headquarters

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm (Mon-Thur) | 9am-2pm (Fri)

IRL - Northstar - Breakdance/Hip Hop

Teaching Artist: Otto Vazquez
Program: Breakdance/Hip Hop
Day: Mondays | Time: 3:30 – 5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sept 10 – Nov 16
Partner: IRL (In Real Life)/Asheville City Schools Foundation

IRL - Wesley Grant - Theater

Teaching Artist: Erinn Hartley
Program: Theater
Day: Mondays & Thursdays | Time: 3:30 – 5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 10 – Nov 16
Partner: IRL (In Real Life)/Asheville City Schools Foundation

LEAF Djembeso - African Drum & Dance

Teaching Artist: Adama Dembele
Program: LEAF Djembeso
Day: Tuesdays & Fridays | Time: 4-5pm
Spring Semester | Program Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21
Partner: Christine W. Avery Learning Center

LEAF Delta House Jazz Band

Teaching Artist: Gary Bradley & Sam Irvin IV
Program: LEAF Delta House Jazz Band
Day: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays | Time: 4:30-6pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 17 – Dec 18
Partner: Delta House Life Development, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club - Breakdance/Hip Hop (Teens)

Teaching Artist: Otto Vazquez
Program: Breakdance/Hip Hop
Day: Wednesdays | Time: 5:30 – 7pm 
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 12 – Dec 19
Partner: Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County

IRL - AVL Middle - Circus Arts

Teaching Artist: Ingrid Johnson
Program: Circus Arts
Day: Tuesdays | Time: 3:30 – 5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 11 – Nov 16
Partner: IRL (In Real Life)/Asheville City Schools Foundation

LEAF ONEmic - Burton St. - Breakdance / Hip Hop

Teaching Artist: Otto Vazquez
Program: LEAF ONEmic Studio at Burton Street
Day: Tuesdays | Time: 3:45-4:45pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21
Partner: Burton Street Community Center

LEAF ONEmic - Burton St. - Media + Animation

Teaching Artist: Nex Millen
Program: LEAF ONEmic Studio at Burton Street
Day: Mondays | Time: 3:45-4:45pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21
Partner: Burton Street Community Center

LEAF ONEmic - Burton St. - LIPZ

Teaching Artist: Agustin Frederic
Program: LEAF Instrument Petting Zoo
Day: Thursdays | Time: 3:45-4:45pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21
Partner: Burton Street Community Center

Children First/CIS - Pisgah View - Breakdance

Teaching Artist: Otto Vazquez
Program: Breakdance/Hip Hop
Day: Thursdays | Time: 4-5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 11 – Dec 19
Partner: Children First/Communities in Schools

Children First/CIS - Woodridge - Breakdance

Teaching Artist: Otto Vazquez
Program: Breakdance/Hip Hop
Day: Wednesdays | Time: 4-5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 10 – Dec 19
Partner: Children First/Communities in Schools

Johnston Elementary - Deaverview Dance Crew

Teaching Artist: TBD
Program: Hip Hop
Day: Wednesdays | Time: 4-5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 10 – Dec 19
Partner: Children First/Communities in Schools

Christine Avery - Easel Rider

Teaching Artist: Various
Program
: LEAF Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab

Day: Fridays | Time: 4-5p 
Partner: Christine W. Avery Learning Center

Delta House - Easel Rider

Teaching Artist: Various
Program
: LEAF Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab

Day: Wednesdays | Time: 5:15-6:15p 
Partner: Delta House Life Development, Inc.

IRL - AVL Middle - EMErgence

Teaching Artist: Nex Millen
Program: EMErgence
Day: Fridays | Time: 3:30-5pm
Fall Semester | Program Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16
Partner: IRL (In Real Life)/Asheville City Schools Foundation

About LEAF Artists & Residencies!

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Artist in ResidenceResident & Easel Rider 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, or complete a final visual arts project, as well as other performance and workshop 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.

LEAF Cultural Arts Catalog

What Programs Does LEAF Schools & Streets Offer to Local Youth, Educators, Artists & Community?

TEACHING ARTIST PROGRAMS &
CULTURAL EXCHANGES

Resident Teaching Artists

Program Overview:  LEAF has the opportunity to impact youth beyond the festival experience. LEAF growing roster of 16+ Resident Teaching Artists lead a variety of programs that allow youth to explore an array of cultural arts, including:

  • HIP HOP – Breakdance, Choreography, Intro to DJing
  • MUSIC APPRECIATION – Brass Band, Songwriting, World Percussion
  • AFRICAN DIASPORA – Drumming, Dance & Costuming
  • DRAMA – Theatre
  • MEDIA – Stop Motion Animation, Live Action Movie-Making, LEAF ONEMic EMErgence

LEAF Schools & Streets programs, goals, curriculum, and evaluations are aligned with the Developmental Assets Profile, developed by the Search Institute. Building these assets prepare youth for success in some type of college or education, a career, and citizenship.LEAF has identified 6 assets that exemplify the types of skills our programs help to develop in our students. These are: Community Values Youth, Adult Role Models, Creative Activities, Cultural Competence, Personal Power, & Self-Esteem.

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Showcase Details (@ LEAF Festival): SPRING – May 14-17, 2020 // FALL – October 22-25, 2020
Cost: FREE to participants with gratitude to LEAF Members, grants, donors, and partners to subsidize these costs!

For More Info, Visit – www.theleaf.org/teaching-artists

 

Easel Rider Teaching Artists

Program Overview:  Easel Rider – Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab – is all about connecting people and art. City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Division has partnered with LEAF to operate the Easel Rider, helping boost public access to visual art. The Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that challenges the Asheville community to experience creation on the go!

The Easel Rider contains 80 linear feet of art supplies, a sound system, and projectors. In July 2013, the City of Asheville partnered with LEAF to continue Easel Rider programming, which is free when hosted at a Asheville Parks & Recreation site. Today, LEAF has a growing roster of 10+ Easel Rider Teaching Artists that facilitate a visual art project related to the theme of the community event. Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab is used in many different capacities: after-school programs, community functions, specific school activities, outdoor activities, and camps – reaching roughly 3,000+ youth at 170 events in 2019.

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Cost: $150 (1-3 hour session) / $300 (4-6 hour session)

For More Info, Visit – www.theleaf.org/easel-rider

 

Visiting Teaching Artists

 

Program Overview:  Twice a year, LEAF invites performing artists from around the globe that are culturally-rooted enough to grace the Festival stage, and mission-oriented enough to lead a Visiting Teaching Artist residency with elementary, middle, and/or high school students in and around Buncombe County. It is an opportunity for youth to take the next step toward becoming global citizens and leaders – onstage and off-stage in their community. Residency quick notes:

  • Visiting Teaching Artist Selection Committee consists of Performing Arts Director, Community Relations Director, Development Director, and in some cases Executive Director.  Artists selecte are individuals, national acts, and internationally touring acts who strive to empower youth.
  • A 3-5 day residency hosted in a local school and/or community center for school age children. Session can last from 1 1/2 to 2 hours per day depending on school, grade and space.
  • Each youth performer gets rockstar treatment during their showcase at LEAF Festival with (2) FREE guest passes, a swag bag sponsored by French Broad Food Co-op, a LEAF performer badge, a LEAF t-shirt, and access to the performer lounge on the day of their performance.
  • During this experience, youth have an opportunity to truly become global citizens and artistic leaders by working with role models of different cultures and dream of future possibilities!


Semester Offered
: SPRING & FALL only

Showcase Details (@ LEAF Festival): SPRING – May 10-13 // FALL – October 18-21
Cost: Varies from $650-1500 depending on artist/size of group

For More Info, Visit – www.theleaf.org/visitingteachingartists 

 

LIVING & LEARNING SERIES

 

Learning Journey

 

Program Overview: Since 2014, LEAF has been hosting conversations for and by the local community and our LEAF teaching artist called ” Learning Journeys” These discussions give our LEAF family an opportunity to connect, engage and get inspired to the works and efforts that improve our community and the world around us

Each month, Learning Journeys are paired with a specific theme, and a speaker, panel or workshop. We are invited to share the experience to learn and connect. Learning Journeys will last approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on how long Q&A is. This is a FREE gathering, with some kid-friendly options. We invite YOU to join us RSVP is requested.

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Cost: FREE to participants with gratitude to LEAF Members, grants, donors, and partners to subsidize these costs!
Details: 12pm-1pm | Every 4th Thursday(except May & October)
Dates: Feb 21 | March 21 | Apr 25 | May 6 | June 20 | July 25 | Aug 22 | Sep 26 | Oct 17 | Nov 14 | Dec 19
Location: Varies (see independent invites for details)

For More Info, Email EaselRider@theleaf.org

 

LEAF Live!

Program Overview: Join LEAF Staff, Board, Members, Teaching Artists, Partners and others at this celebration of community and art! Once every quarter, we will gather together to share a LEAF Festival preview + pre-book Visiting Teaching Artist residencies; experience a cultural exchange from a LEAF International program; immerse inside the creative worlds of our Resident Teaching Artist Programs with learning journeys and hands-on demos; and engage in FREE, family-friendly visual arts crafts led by Easel Rider Teaching Artists. Registration is not required, but RSVP is requested for attendees of all ages.

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Cost: FREE to participants with gratitude to LEAF Members, grants, donors, and partners to subsidize these costs!
Details & locations vary.

For More Info, Email outreach@theLEAF.org

 

 

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PROGRAMS

U-LEAF Mobile Stage

Program Overview: The “U-LEAF” (short for “Unfolding LEAF Mobile Stage”) is a one-of-a-kind mobile art stage, built in collaboration with Asheville Design Build Studio through a grant project featuring 13 scholar-shipped students hailing from 7 different universities.   Drawing upon a wide range of design and technical disciplines, these students worked tirelessly for two months fabricating models, workshopping blueprints, surveying community needs, and ultimately constructing the final product making this valuable asset available to all of Asheville.   The U-LEAF is a user friendly, safe, and mobile art platform that will provide artists with an opportunity to showcase their creative talents in LEAF and community partner programs anytime, anywhere, for years to come. The U-LEAF stage is first and foremost a community asset & resource.

Our purpose for creating the U-LEAF, is to foster pathways of access, inclusivity, and community-building through the collaborative production of high integrity events in neighborhoods, community centers, public parks, and even private functions.   

The U-LEAF is available in a variety of forms ranging from a simple stage deployment, to the provision of the stage with administrative support, and for a comprehensive experience – the stage deployment paired with admin and a full PA sound system.   The pricing for the rental and use of the U-LEAF stage will be determined based upon the nature of your event, status of your organization (private vs. non-profit), and partnership status with LEAF Community Arts.

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Cost: $400 (stage only) / $800 (full deployment/production per day)

For More Info, Visit – www.theleaf.org/u-leaf

The LEAF Teaching Artist Showcase

Program Overview: This is the field trip opportunity you’ve been looking for.  Bring your students for a morning filled with music, dancing and culture.  Give them the opportunity to learn about different musical styles and instruments! Also the students will get to see puppetry with a purpose and circus arts by our Inspiring Resident Teaching Artists! The LEAF teaching Artist Showcase brings together LEAF Teaching Artist(s) and Artist in Residence in order to cultivate a mash-up of dynamic learning and exploration of music, art  and artistry from local to global.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Asheville’s youth to come together for the common cause of music, art, culture and FUN!

 

Artist groups that LEAF has partnered with in the past include: Squirrel Nut Zippers, LEAF International, The Warriors of AniKituhwa, Grandfather Mazatzin, Proyecto Jirondai, Boukman, 23 Skidoo, Jabali Acrobats, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sierra Leone All-Stars, David LaMotte & many more!  

Semester Offered: Fall
Cost: $3 donation
Showcase Details: FALL- TBD

*To find out more details or schedule your class for the LEAF Teaching Artist showcase e-mail: Easelrider@theLEAF.org

 

 

 

Community Performances

Program Overview: Beyond showcasing every May & October at LEAF Festival, Teaching Artist-led programs and their youth performers can be a great addition to a school assembly, community gathering, block party, arts education summit, and so much more! Weekly programs that would be available for a community performance include: Bass band, African Drun & Dance, LEAF ONEmic Studio at Burton Street; as well as programs that take place at partner sites – In Real Life (IRL), YMCA 21st Century Horizons, Children First/Communities in Schools and Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Christine Avery, Asheville Parks and Rec

Semester Offered: SPRING, SUMMER & FALL
Cost: $200-350 per performance to provide stipends to youth & artists

 



Interested in working with a LEAF Resident or Visiting Teaching Artist group?
Contact: Erinn Hartley 

outreach@theLEAF.org |  828.68-MUSIC [686-8742]

 


LEAF Schools & Streets welcomes and celebrates community partnership, the spirit of collaboration and joint efforts to support the healthy development of kids & young adults. Together, we can explore how engagement can happen, keeping in mind that customization is always an option as long as there is a mission match. Costs associated with residencies, workshops, performances, cultural exchanges, and other experiences cover expenses related to Teaching Artist compensation, supplies, transportation/fuel, training and production.