In our fast moving world, we often move on to the next thing or next event and forget to stop, embrace and celebrate our successes.
Here's a few of LEAF's successes since 1995:
[LEAF Schools & Streets= LSS LEAF International=LI]
•LSS Pritchard Park Summer Series on Wednesday with AVL Downtown Assoc.
•One Mic at Burton Street w GO launched [supported by Ben Gradison Funds]
•1st LEAF Summer Camp at Grant Center with 60 kids was a success!
•LEAF International Haiti & Prosject Haiti came to LEAF for a 10-day Cultural Exchange
•LEAF International Haiti Gals were inducted into the Bootsy Girls Foundation
•LSS Tri-Series Cultural Exchange led by Billy Jonas with YWCA, North Buncombe Middle, & Beth Ha-Tephila
•"Free Your Funky Self" at LEAF May hosted super stars of FUNK
•Grants received to support programs: Swannanoa Community Foundation, South Arts & Grassroots
•LI Kenya launched in partnership with TWAAF [supported by Ben Gradison Funds]
•Easel Rider participates in AVL's MLK Peace Rally
•LEAF on Mtn Xpress Big Ideas Timeline of AVL's History
•LEAF Schools & Streets and Moog Foundation partner to create EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience for Youth, funded by Dan Lucas Foundation.
•LEAF International Bequia Kids on Pans' 1st international trip, LSS cultural exchange and performance to October LEAF.
•Acoustic Syndicate Album Release celebrating 20 years.
•LEAF awarded BEST OF WNC Mtn Xpress Awards: #1 Music Festival! #1 Festival for Kids! #1 Festival for Camping!
•LEAF International Costa Rica launched with the Bribri and Ngabe First Nations in August.
•LEAF Schools & Streets awarded South Arts Grant, in partnership with the NEA and NC Arts Council, brought Samite of Uganda to AVL Middle School's AVID Student.
•LEAF brings to life and back to the streets The Easel Rider in partnership with City of AVL Parks & Rec.
•LEAF Schools & Streets partners with AVL Downtown Assoc. for Pritchard Park Summer Events
•LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House went to New Orleans by invite of Preservation Hall & opened Congo Square Festival.
•Hanes Foundation Grant Awarded to LEAF Schools & Streets Jazz at Delta House
•NEA Grant for "Voices of Traditions" featuring Mavis Staples, Lizz Wright, Yungchen Lhamo, & others at May LEAF Festival.
•Dan Lucas Foundation 3-Year Grant to LEAF International to expand to Costa Rica and connect all of the LEAF International Latin America Programs.
•Festivals.com selected Spring LEAF as "Greatest Event of The Day"
•Loose LEAF Tea at Dobra Tea House connects people to global cultures through tea and music in honor of LEAF International.
•LEAF International Haiti launches with Prosjekt Haiti and Boukman Eksperyans in Port Au Prince.
•LEAF International Guatemala Young Musicians came to LEAF's 35th Festival.
•Mickey Hart's LSS Kids Drum Workshop at 35th Festival.
•LEAF in Schools & Streets kicked off Summer Music & Arts Residencies.
•LEAF became an "Assest Infused Organization" through Developmental Assests Training.
•NEA Grant funded "Celebrating the Blues" featuring Taj Mahal and many excellent Blues musicians at May LEAF Festival.
•LSS Jazz Kids opened for Preservation Hall Society at May LEAF.
•LEAF moves offices to William Randolph School in Asheville to expand LSS.
•Abigail Washburn Benefit Concert for LEAF Outreach.
•LI Rwanda: Patrick joins National Ballet of Rwanda and Daniel performed for The First Lady of Rwanda's birthday.
•LSS brings artists to William Randolph students in Enrichment Fridays.
•LEAF joins National Guild for Community Arts Education.
•Mountain Xpress Best of WNC: Live Show of 2012 - Local Performing Arts Event
•LSS partners with Black Mountain Childrens Home for LSS programs.
•The first Zealandia Masquerade Ball supporting LEAF Outreach.
•Grants awarded to support LEAF Arts Education by South Arts, Ramble Charitable Fund, Dan Lucas Foundation, Beattie Foundation & Grassroots Grant
•LSS awarded Asheville City Schools Foundation Non-Profit Champion for 2011
•Mountain Xpress Best of WNC: Live Show of 2011 - Local Performing Arts Event
•Ben Sollee Benefit Concert for LSS
•LEAF App available on iTunes
•LEAF receives third NEA Grant to present Sweet Honey In The Rock®
•Litchey Guitar raises funds for LI and LSS
•LI Columbia partners with D-Street Studios.
•LI India partners with Wilmington Yoga Center
•LSS nominated for Asheville City Schools Foundation Champion’s Award.
•First Downtown-After-Five youth performance with LSS Klondyke Coyotes.
•LEAF’s 30th festival!
•LI awarded NEA Caribbean Traditions Grant.
•LI Rwanda gets boys off streets and into a home!
•LSS has served over 20,000 youth!
•LI Tanzania partners with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.
•Pisgah’s LEAF Amber Beer and LI Dynamite Coffee brewed and served.
•LEAF receives first NEA Expressiones Latinas Grant.
•LI partners with Sister Cities in Xocen Mexico.
•LI Panama and LI Guatemala begin.
•LSS partners with Children First and grows to work in five housing communities.
•LI launches projects in Rwanda and Bequia.
•First LEAF CD!
•LEAF transforms into a non-profit organization.
•LEAF in Schools & Streets created.
•Washington Post recognizes LEAF as “the multi-cultural mix-n-match festival."
•New York Times Travel features LEAF on front page.