Meet our Current Resident Teaching Artist Team!

LEAF has the opportunity to impact youth beyond the festival experience. Support from LEAF artists and festival-goers allows LEAF to provide resources where art and culture are needed in schools and communities. We are thankful for our talented artists.
These classes meet 1 – 2 times weekly throughout the school year!

In Memory Of 

Several LEAF Schools & Streets teaching artists have devoted their lives to inspiring youth through the arts.  We are blessed and thankful to have known and worked with these beloved artists before they passed.  Visit their pages to learn more about their life’s work and ways you can continue their mission.


Resident Teaching Artist Spotlight

Adama Dembele

 Bringing West Africa to Western North Carolina

Thirty-third generation djembe player Adama Dembele offers classes and workshops in West African drum and dance to students of all ages and abilities. More than music classes alone, his classes present an integrated learning experience that help build focus and confidence while encouraging self-expression and respect for others in a fun and energizing atmosphere.

In the spring of 2015, Adama will be working with youth at Reynolds and Owen Middle Schools. Adama enjoys sharing his talents an culture with the community.
“It’s something very special for me,” he says. “It’s not just about playing the djembe it’s about sharing the culture with them.”

Adama Dembele’s family’s home in Ivory Coast, West Africa, was bulldozed by the government last month. Over twenty family members, as well as hundreds of people that lived on their block, have been displaced by this event. Adama’s family owned their home for 70 years, and yet no monetary support nor help with finding a new place to live has been given.

Please come out and support the  SOUMU African Music & Culture Celebration and Performance on March 20 at New Mountain in Asheville. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Dembele family.


 Through Adama’s classes, LEAF Schools & Streets is connecting CULTURES & creating COMMUNITY through music & arts!