What is the U-LEAF?
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.
Why do U-LEAF?
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 will be 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. Full details on rental & deployment will be provided below in detail. We are thrilled to provide this one-of-a-kind mobile art stage for our communities to share their art, creativity, and performance with family & friends.
Bring the U-LEAF into your Community!
U-LEAF Stage Rental
Our Community’s Stage
Click below to download our rental agreement:
If interested in renting or learning more about the U-LEAF Mobile Stage, please contact our Cultural Arts Admin, Larissa Lopez, for additional details (including pricing & service options) at culturalarts@theLEAF.org or call (828) 686-8742. Please be sure to 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 Equipment Specs
- Height of roof in middle: 11’6″
- Height at ends: 10’4″
- Total width of stage: 18’1″
- Total depth: 17’3″
- Estimated depth uncovered: 2’3″ (front and back)
- Estimated Depth covered in middle: 13’6″
- Height from ground: 31″
- 50-amp/220 volt
- The stage does not have its own power.
- The structure consists of a mobile unfolding stage, overhang for shading, extended weather wings, storage below the stage for A/V and electrical
- Stage is roughly 270 square feet.
- PA is available for rental along with stage.
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 the period of use.
U-LEAF Home Run Pilot Series 2016:
Hillcrest Juneteenth (June 2016)
Burton Street Agricultural Fair (September 2016)
Goombay Festival (September 2016)
Community Day at Deaverview (October 2016)
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.