|Empowering Youth through Cultural Arts!|
|LEAF Schools & Streets is a local arts education program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for hands-on workshops, residencies, interactive performances and mentoring that includes opportunities for youth to perform with the artists at LEAF – and beyond!|
You help make an impact in young people's lives!
Over 41,000 youth served since 2004!
Teaching Artists are from the local, regional and international community. The program is designed to reach children and adults of different socio-economic backgrounds in the Asheville area and Western NC. LSS was inspired by LEAF executive director’s godchildren who were living in public housing. She saw a huge lack in access to the arts for children living in the Klondyke Apartments in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville.
Like the LEAF Festival, LSS proves that music and the arts can bridge cultures and create life-altering, community-building experiences. Our LSS programs provide an opportunity for youth participants to attend and perform at LEAF alongside their Teaching Artists. Participating youth gain self-esteem and cultural awareness while experiencing multiple interactions with performing artists, being a performer on stage, and a festival adventure.
|“TC Roberson's LEAF experience was excellent- above and beyond expectations. Being able to work with PEI for 3 days made LEAF far more emersive than any other festival. The success of any program is dependent on the participants, and all of ours were exceptional! Our coordinator, our fantastic artists, the TCR PTSO, parents and of course, our students. It was a wonderful experience that I will not forget. Thank you LSS, I hope we can do this again in the future."
– Paul Zinke, TC Roberson High School, October 2013
“Since participating in LEAF Schools & Streets, my child is more thoughtful and a better student."
- Carolina Day School Parent, October 2013
LEAF Schools & Streets is proud to be a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.