“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song or a dance.”
~Masankho Banda of Malawi , LEAFer for 18 years


LEAF Global Arts

“Cultivating Cultural Curiosity”

Monday » Saturday 11a-7p | Tuesday » Closed |Sunday » 11a-3p

Visit us @ 19 Eagle St, Suite 120, Asheville, NC, 28801

General Public » $12 | Members & Locals » $10 | Under 5 » Free

Annual Passes Available! Individual $34 | Family $75


• Putumayo Listening Station • Go Global World Map • Easel Rider Art Bar • Del Cardo Local History
• Cultural Dive Ins • Love & Connections • Del Cardo Music Trail • Sougou Artist Market @ Madiba Mezzanine • Cultural Immersion
• Virtual Reality Cave • ONEmic Studio • Instrument Petting Zoo • Photo Booth • Sound Underground



Click images below to learn more about classes & workshop and register!


For field trip information, click image below or contact Marsha Almodovar at GlobalArts@theLEAF.org

Building the LEAF Global Experience

LEAF Global Team
LEAF is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with a talented and diverse team of longtime LEAFers and local community leaders to help bring its work, vision and mission to life in the Center.
Builder: Damian Davis Construction
Project Manager: Miriam Gee – COEverything
Contractor: Satchomo & Company
LEAF Navigators + LEAF Board
Project Curators: Nex Millen, Roy Harris, River Guerguerian, Farhad Javedi, Claude Coleman, Adama Dembele, Juanita Jackson, Bob Doss, Mark Hennegan, Jefferson Ellison, Paul Gallimore, Beni Ramseth, Helme Calfee & superstar LEAFers.

LEAF Compass Advisors

Global Visionaries helping keep LEAF on “true north” mission path.
Judith Ann Abrams, NY, NY, Broadway Producer  • Alexandra & Don Clayton, Asheville, NC + St. Maarten, International Business Entrepreneur • Bootsy & Pepperminte Patti Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio, Masters of FUNK! • Charles Gwinn, Winston Salem, NC, Developer/ International Consultant • Darrell Rose, Charlottesville VA, West African Drum Master • Derek Andrews, Toronto, Canada, Mundial Montreal  + World Music Advocate • Gene Bell, Asheville, NC, AVL Housing Authority • Georgia Beasley, Peru, International Development • James Nave, Asheville, NC + Philippines, Poet • Kinobe, Kampala, Uganda, Dance of Hope • Kiran Singh, Jonesboro, TN + Scotland, Jonesboro Storytelling Festival • Lisa Ruberti, NY, NY, Bennetton, Donna Karen • Masankho Banda, Malawi, International Peace Builder + Educator • Natalia Clavier, NY, NY, Thievery Corporation • Tom Pryor, NY, NY, Music Journalist + Media Consultant • Greg Lucas, New Orleans, Preservation Hall • Leah Song, Global Artist & Activist

LEAF Global Campaign
Inviting donors & partners to be part of reaching the $1,250,000 goal. As of opening the doors on Valentine’s Day 2020, we are 3/4 of the way! Naming Opportunities available for several experiences & exhibits. We welcome Corporate and Individual Giving conversations to find great matches!
Contact: Jordan, Development Director
Engagement@theLEAF.org |

“LEAF is an energetic, vibrant group with a global vision. Their project will bring new culture and diversity to our city that will be a perfect complement to the very core of Asheville’s identity. There is nothing more powerful than creating positive change in our own community that will have a lasting positive impact felt far beyond our own borders.” 

Robert Foster

Committee Chair, TPDF

How can I learn more or give my insights, ideas and get engaged?

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This project is made possible in part with support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.