What is the U-LEAF?

lsshomerundancerdvThe “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?

lssdtcampcostarica9saThe 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 Rentalerstagescene

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.

Click below to download our rental agreement:

Rental Agreement

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

Performance Dimensions

  • 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″

Electrical Requirements

  • 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 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.

*The U-LEAF Home Run Series is made possible by the generous support of donor and partner, Maybin Mission.


Additionally, the U-LEAF Home Run Series is sponsored in part by local community ambassador, Hometrust Bank.



U-LEAF Home Run Pilot Series 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)


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 – August)

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)