LEAF Schools & Streets | Est. 2004

Year-Round Programs, Workshops & Informances: 

22 Resident & Easel Rider Teaching Artists • 8 Visiting Teaching Artists • 21 weekly programs • 15 schools • 6 centers/organizations • 70, 698 youth served since 2004

    LEAF Schools & Streets partners with the community to provide both IN-SCHOOL and AFTER-SCHOOL cultural 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.

Education & Engagement

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 Teaching Artists

Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab is all about connecting people and art.  The City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation 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 Asheville community members to experience creation on the go! 

Visiting Teaching Artists

Twice a year, LEAF invites performing artists from around the globe to lead Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies with elementary, middle, and/or high school students in the Asheville/Western NC area. It is an opportunity for youth to take the next step toward becoming global citizens. The Asheville community has always been amazing working with this program, but we want to EXPAND deeper into the community.

Cultural Arts
Immersions & Showcases

LEAF Arts & Parks Summer Camp

Since 2014, LEAF has partnered with Asheville Parks & Recreation to hold LEAF Arts & Parks Summer CampHoused 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. Activities and workshops are curated by LEAF Resident & Easel Rider Teaching Artists and culminate in a finale showcase for parents, peers and community members. 

Orange Peel Showcase

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 as well as learn about a unique and beautiful culture  from around the world!  Each May & October, Orange Peel Showcase brings together LEAF International group(s) with a Visiting Teaching Artist in order to cultivate a mash-up of dynamic learning and exploration of music and arts 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!

EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience

LEAF Schools & Streets brings EMErgence to LEAF Festival each May & October.  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. 

About LEAF Artists & Residencies!

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Resident & 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.

Interested in working with a LEAF Resident or Visiting Teaching Artist?

Contact: Cortina J. Caldwell, Community Relations Director

outreach@theLEAF.org |  68-MUSIC (686-8742)

Upcoming LEAF Schools & Streets Events! 

1/12 – Mountain Soul Party @ ISIS Music Hall (ONEmic Benefit) – 7-9pm (Get Tix!)

2/9 – LEAF Live @ THE BLOCK off biltmore – 5:30-7:30pm



Book Easel Rider!

Spring 2018 LEAF Schools & Streets Weekly Class Schedule


Fall ’17 Resident Teaching Artist
Residency Catalog



Thank you, Orange Peel!