LEAF Community Arts | MissionLEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs.
LEAF 2020 Vision: : Transforming Lives, Connecting Cultures and Generating Unity.
LEAF is looking towards 2020 and the legacy we want to be generating in the communities we serve. We see ourselves using music, art and festivals to create welcoming places and spaces of possibility that foster shared experiences powerful enough to transform lives, connect cultures and generate unity.
Being Mission-Driven • Integrity • Openness, • “You Got This” Positive Attitude • Collaboration • Equity
We ARE LEAF!
Families • Youth • Artists • Performers • Volunteers • Collaborators • Sponsors • Customers • Staff
Cultural Arts Education
LEAF Schools & Streets cultural arts programs use the arts to bridge cultures and create life-affirming, community building experiences – empowering our youth to become global citizens, leaders and agents of positive change.
LEAF International is dedicated to cultural preservation, exchange, and fostering global citizenship. LEAF collaborate with communities to support Culture Keepers who teach local youth their traditional arts.
LEAF Festival is LEAF’s founding event. For over 20 years, an inter-generational community gathers at Lake Eden for a dynamic experience of music, art and culture for around the globe. #1 Festival for Kids, Music & Camping in Western NC.
LEAF Downtown celebrates creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. This signature and inclusive community event encourages interpersonal exchange, cultural awareness, artistic excellence and welcoming spaces for all walks of life.
LEAF is a Developmental Asset-Infused Organization
Developmental Assets built through LEAF include:
Community Values Youth
Adult Role Models
“Building a loving, life changing legacy through cross cultural connection, this is worth every penny invested; take a moment to explore what LEAF does, day in and day out. Talk to me if you have questions, this is the real deal. This is the essential work, empowering youth through music and arts, connecting us all and inviting us into being the best we can be.”Tommy George
As an organization, LEAF Community Arts encompasses so many things that are of great value to me personally. It speaks to community (local and global), kids, music and arts. It inspires a tremendous amount of hope to see so many people coming together to exercise their philanthropic nature to a myriad of necessary causes.
Making meaningful connections across diverse cultures through the arts is at once the most simple concept and one of the most complex. Making those connections locally and internationally for multiple generations is the most noble (and, in my mind, most important) mission I have ever seen a group of people undertake. This literally is a path to world peace. Any normal group of persons would find this mission too overwhelming. Too impossible. It is a good thing that this LEAF family of our is NOT normal – – not even close. We are the dreamers, the creatives, the makers, and the visionaries. This is important work. This is our work. I love you all.
I would like to welcome you to LEAF [Fall Festival], the ending of a great year and the beginning of many more to experience. Something [or someone] from LEAF, you will hold in your memories for many, many stories to that you will tell. A tear drop of love that LEAF leaves with you.
LEAF Board of Directors 2019-2020
LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2018
LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2017
LEAF Board & LEAF Navigators (Staff)- 2016
LEAF Board supports LEAF Community Arts year around through visioning, planning, event support and community service.
LEAF Community Arts is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
Legal Name: LEAF Community Arts DBA: LEAF
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Board of Directors 2020
Business & Finance Advisor
Civic-Minded Zoning & Land Use Planning Attorney
Attorney, History,and Cultural & Community Leadership
Community Outreach & Logistics
International Business & Community Development
Public School Educator, Instructional Technologist, & Prankster
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Christine DiBenedetto • James Fisher
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