Visiting Teaching Artists | LEAF Residency Program

Cultural Arts Immersion Programs for Western NC Youth Provided by LEAF Performing Artists

Twice a year, LEAF invites performing artists from around the globe to lead Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies with elementary, middle, and/or high school students in the Asheville/Western NC area. It is an opportunity for youth to take the next step toward becoming global citizens. The Asheville community has always been amazing working with this program, but we want to EXPAND deeper into the community. We hope, with your help, this amazing program will be able to be offered to more schools.

LEAF Visiting Teaching Artist residencies consist of the following:
• A 3-5 day residency hosted in a local school and/or community center for school-age children. Sessions can last from 1 1/2 to 3 hours a day depending on the school, age of the group and availability of space.
• Visiting Teaching Artists are carefully selected and these individuals are typically national and internationally touring acts who have a deep interest in engaging youth in music and arts.
• Each student gets the opportunity to be treated like a rockstar with two free guest passes for the day of their performance, a goodie bag from French Broad Food Co-op full of snacks, a cool LEAF t-shirt, food perks and other neat surprises!
• The opportunity for youth to truly become global citizens and artistic leaders by working with role models of different cultures and see beyond right now into the possibility for the future.

Interested in booking a residency? Download and submit the VTA Booking Form to reserve your residency!

Questions? Email or call: | 828.68-MUSIC [686-8742]

Thank You Fall ’17 Visiting Teaching Artists!



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Mon, Oct. 23rd | 11-12pm | The Orange Peel

This is the field trip opportunity you’ve been looking for!  Bring your students for a morning filled with music, dancing and culture.  Give them the opportunity to learn about different musical styles and instruments as well as learn about unique and beautiful cultures  from around the world!  LEAF Orange Peel Showcase is a collaborative performance attended by parents, kids, teachers, community leaders, adults, elders, college students and many, many others twice a year in Downtown Asheville.  The Orange Peel Showcase brings together a LEAF International group with a Visiting Teaching Artist in order to cultivate a mash-up of dynamic learning and exploration of music and arts from local to global.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Asheville’s youth to come together for music, art, culture and FUN!

Check back for Spring ’18 Lineup!