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The Mission: boosting public access to art.

*The Easel Rider provides interactive hands-on activities that will challenge people of all ages to experience creation on the go!* 


Coming this May! As one of the new villages at Spring LEAF, LEAF Schools & Streets, Asheville Parks & Recreation and Harmony Motors bring you the Easel Rider Village! The Easel Rider Village is a place of creative exploration! Festival goers young and old can enjoy an artistic experience using the theme of Global Funk and Community Arts to provide culturally relevant & creative activities facilitated by local artists and staff!  

 What is the Easel Rider Program?

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The Easel Rider is a collaborative project of LEAF Schools & Streets and Asheville Parks and Recreation. Easel Rider supports the idea that art is not confined to the indoors. Using the truck as a staging arena, LEAF hires local artists - from puppeteers and painters to filmmakers and new media artists.

These artists work with the Easel Rider to offer a various captivating projects and outlets for youth and adults alike. The Easel Rider participates in various city and private events allowing participants the opportunity to experience, learn and grow through hands on activities.


 Where did the Easel Rider come from?

       The Easel Rider is Asheville's Mobile Art Lab! In 2011, the Cultural Arts Division of converted a 1984 bread truck into a rolling art studio and showcase.  The Easel Rider contains 80 linear feet of art supplies with a sound system, projectors, and more!
             In July 2013, the City of Asheville partnered with LEAF to continue Easel Rider programming.  We wish to offer this as a free resource to all non profit organizations, public school activity days and community functions! The Easel Rider can be rented for private events as well.

AVLParksRec logoNEW     The Easel Rider can be used in many different capacities.

              After-school Programs 

              Community Functions 

              Specific School Activities

              Outdoors Activities (especially)

              Summer Camps


The Easel Rider sets out to prove that everyone is an artist!


"The Easel Rider allows us to connect with communities in a very different and new way. We are able to partner with existing community events and bring in cultural connections with the Easel Rider's resources and LEAF Schools & Streets Teaching Artists. The possibilites with the Easel Rider are endless!" 

-Jocelyn Reese, LEAF Schools & Streets Director

The Easel Rider will be used to complement various public and private events throughout the city of Asheville, providing a mobile CREATIVE SPACE.

Did you know the Easel Rider programming is free to all nonprofit organizations, Asheville city programming and community centers! You can also book the Easel Rider for your private event! Contact the Easel Rider today!
Please contact Samantha Sax, Easel Rider Director at easelrider@theLEAF.org.
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Where can you catch the Easel Rider in Spring 2014?


4/2   Asheville Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Spring Break Camp! Featuring Hula Hooping w/ Asheville Hoops, Melanie McNeil


4/12  Easter EGGstravaganza! At Carrier Park. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Featuring Easel Rider Artist Erinn Hartley


4/12  YWCA & LEAF Healthy Kids Day at Pack Square Park FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

4/16  Asheville Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Spring Break Camp! Featuring Hula Hooping w/Asheville Hoops, Melanie McNeil


4/26  Vance Elementary School Carnival Featuring Easel Rider Artist Erinn Hartley



Quotes from our Community Neighbors!
"Who knew I was going to come to the park and do art today!"- Dan, Age 7
"We are doing Science & Art!"- Martin, Dan's younger brother, Age 5 
At Azalea Park
"It looks like the kids are having allot of fun!"-Parent
At The Wild South Benefit on
Walnut St. in Downtown Asheville
"I Love Public Art!"
-Visiting Teacher
at Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville
"I love art. It's so relaxing. I just don't have time to do it anymore. I need to get back in touch with my creative side!"- Soraya, Age 15, Asheville High School
At The National Night Out
"What are you making?
Can I try!"- Roger, age 5
At Azalea Park
" I MADE this!"- Price, Age 8, Reynold Middle School
At YMCA 21st Century Afterschool Program
"I like building things."- Sarah, Age 9, Enka Middle School
At YMCA 21 st Century Afterschool Program
" You are the ARTIST!"
- Easel Rider Director,
Samantha Sax
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