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.
Immersions & Showcases
LEAF Arts & Parks Summer Camp
Since 2014, LEAF has partnered 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. 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!
11/14 – Multicultural Night @ Eblen Intermediate School – 5:30-7pm
11/18 – Easel Rider @ Asheville Christmas Parade/French Broad Chocolate Lounge – 10am-4:30pm
12/1 – Festival of Lights @ Lake Julian Park – 5:30-8:30pm
12/2 – Dickens Christmas Festival @ Biltmore Village – 11:30am-2:30pm
12/8 – Weaverville Candlelight Stroll @ Main Street in Weaverville – 6-9pm
12/9 – Spirit of the Holidays Celebration @ Diamond Brand Outdoors – 11am-2pm
Thank you, Orange Peel!