Unfolding LEAF (U-LEAF) Mobile Stage

“U-LEAF” (short for “Unfolding LEAF Mobile Stage”) is a one-of-a-kind mobile art stage, built in collaboration with Asheville Design Center 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.  

Why Build U-LEAF?

U-LEAF 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.  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. LEAF is thrilled to provide this one-of-a-kind mobile art stage for local communities to share their art, creativity, and performance with family & friends. Whether Home Run Series*, or a block party – bring U-LEAF and see how YOU LEAF.
*The U-LEAF Home Run Series is made possible by the generous support of donor and partner, Maybin Mission.


Bring U-LEAF to Your Neighborhood!

U-LEAF Equipment Specs

Performance Dimensions Electrical Requirements

Height of roof in middle: 11’6″

50-amp/220 volt

Height at ends: 10’4″

The stage does not have its own power.

Total width of stage: 18’1″

The structure consists of a mobile unfolding stage, overhang for shading, extended weather wings, storage below the stage for A/V and electrical

Total depth: 17’3″ 

Stage is roughly 270 square feet.

Estimated depth uncovered: 2’3″ (front and back)

PA is available for rental along with stage.

Estimated Depth covered in middle: 13’6″

Rental groups are strongly encouraged to consider booking a Sound Engineer.
Height from ground: 31″ Weatherproofing and rain protection advice given free of charge!                                

U-LEAF Stage Rental

If interested in renting or learning more about the U-LEAF Mobile Stage, please contact LEAF Community Events Coordinator, Marsha Almodovar, at EaselRider@theLEAF.org or call (828) 686-8742.  Please notify us a minimum of (3) weeks prior to your anticipated event need. Important Note: LEAF Community Arts reserves the right to refuse rental of the stage for any event deemed a potential hazard to the stage or its operations, or for any event deemed not in the best interest of LEAF Community Arts or the general public.




U-LEAF Safety & Liability

Please be Advised: At all times when the stage is in use, all City and/or County ordinances regarding noise, traffic, parades, etc., shall be strictly obeyed by stage staff and the renting organization. The stage staff has the power to stop the program if for any reason there is potential danger to the equipment or to the staff, e.g., winds exceeding 30 mph, unruly behavior of the crowd or the performers, etc. The renting organization is responsible for obtaining any necessary City or County permits.  Assumption of Risk: The RENTER assumes responsibility for any and all damages to the stage and/or its equipment during use. 


Booked U-LEAF? Submit Stage Needs HERE!

Sound Needs, Stage Plot, Lineup, etc due 1 week prior to event for BEST sound.
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U-LEAF Home Run Series

The Home Run Series leverages the U-LEAF (Unfolding LEAF Mobile Stage) to promote block-party style events within a minimum of 5 of Asheville’s marginalized neighborhoods. LEAF will invite minority owned businesses to vend at each event for free, which will increase economic development opportunities for young & developing entrepreneurs and build sustainable relationships in the community. Underserved demographics will be connected through arts engagement and be able to share and celebrate their aspirations through the arts. Additionally, communities will form relationships with public and private organizations to build networking and entrepreneurial opportunities. All events are free and located on public transit routes.

Other Community Events & Gatherings (2017):

LEAF resources like the mobile art lab, Easel Rider, are also critical components to other community events organized on collaboration with local partners and LEAF Resident Teaching Artists.

Cultural Arts in the Park Series at Pritchard Park (June 7 – August 9)

Hillcrest Community Engagement Social (June 9, 4-6pm)

Pisgah View Community Engagement Social (July 13, 4-6pm)

Buncombe County Public Schools – Summer Meals Program: Deaverview & Haw Creek Communities (July & August)

Walton Street Park Camp Finale Celebration (August 11, 12-3pm)

Woodridge Back-to-School Bash (August 19, 12-2pm)

#IStartFresh Back-to-School Student Empowerment Event (August 27, 1-7pm)

Shiloh Historic Day Event (September 23, 1-4pm)


U-LEAF Home Run Pilot 2016:

       Hillcrest Juneteenth (June)

Burton Street Ag Fair (Sept) 

Goombay Festival (Sept)

Community Day at Deaverview (Oct) 


U-LEAF Home Run Series 2017:

Hillcrest Juneteenth Celebration (June 24, 12-4pm)

3rd Annual LEAF Downtown: Hood Huggers Community Talent Showcase (August 5)

Burton Street Agricultural Fair (September 16, 12-4pm)

Deaverview Community Day (October)