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LEAF Schools & Streets presents an Educational Informance with:
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Monday, May 12th, 2014 at the


Time: Doors @ 10:30 am; Show @ 11:00am
Cost: $3 students; $5 adults **show recommended for ages 12 and up
www.theorangepeel.net, or by phone
Group Discounts or Ticket Reservations (pay day of concert): Email Ryan at
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      Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars was formed by a group of refugee musicians displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War. The band is an inspiring example of the redeeming power of music! Since their return to Sierra Leone in 2004, they have toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes. Their story is documented in the 2005 documentary film “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars”.

      This “Informance”, an educational performance, is an amazing chance to learn a great deal directly from the band members about their experiences, West African history, and their optimism and hope in the face of adversity. LEAF Schools & Streets has created curriculum for middle and high schools teachers to supplement this “Informance” in order to make it an enriching experience for all of those involved! The curriculum is aligned with the North Carolina Core and Essential Standards for Education. Please click the links below to access a PDF of suggested lesson plans:

Local Arts Education Programs:
Winter/Spring 2014

14 resident teaching artists • 18 weekly programs  
6 schools • 8 centers/organizations    
LEAF Schools & Streets has both IN-SCHOOL and AFTER-SCHOOL programs. We are in public, private, charter and home schools. LSS also works in public housing communities, community centers, group homes, juvenile detention facilities and more.

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Resident Teaching Artists with community centers and after-school programs for year-round programming. Teaching Artists work with youth, teaching them their performing art through rich, hands-on learning experiences that culminate with an opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF, as well as other performance opportunities throughout their individual communities.

Before each festival, LEAF Schools & Streets sends out information to schools and community centers about available Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies. These are festival performers who work with youth 1 to 5 days before the festival, engaging them in learning about their specific art-form and culture, with the opportunity for youth to perform on-stage at LEAF.

In turn, youth gain an experience of a lifetime.

Parents and youth report a variety of responses including increased self-esteem, exposure to ethnicity and cultural awareness, confidence and a sense of our global community.

 LEAF Schools & Streets Programs currently scheduled:

Lisa Zahiya - Hip Hop Dance @ Burton Street Community Center   
Christine Garvin - Dance at Shiloh Community Center • 
Imhotep - NOLA Drumline at Wesley Grant Southside Community Center 
Gary Bradley & Katie Oaks - Brass and NOLA Jazz @ Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc. 
  Imhotep - African Drumming @ Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc. 
Nadirah Rahman - African Dance @ Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
Lisa Zahiya - Hip Hop Dance @ Deaverview Learning Center 
  Christine Garvin - Salsa Dance at Woodridge Learning Center
 Nadirah Rahman - African Dance @ YMI Cultural Center
Anastasia Yarbrough - Singing @ Pisgah View Learning Center 
Jonathan Santos - Songwriting @ William Randolph School
Nina Ruffini - Circus Arts @ IRL (Asheville Middle School)
 Erinn Hartley - Theater Arts @ IRL (Asheville Middle School)
 Christine Garvin - Hip Hop Through the Ages @ IRL (Asheville Middle School)
 Jonathan Santos - Lyrics to Life @ IRL (Asheville Middle School)
Otto Vazquez - Hip Hop Dance and Mime @ Enka Middle School (YMCA 21st Century Program)
Adama Dembele - African Drumming @ Owen Middle School (YMCA 21st Century Program)
Adama Dembele - African Drumming @ Owen Middle School (YMCA 21st Century Program)
Lisa Abeling - Creative Dance  @ Erwin Middle School (YMCA 21st Century Program)

 Stay tuned for more photos of Winter/Spring Programming!

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 LSSIRLErinn14  LSSIRLSantosSpring14

LSSEnkaMSOtto  LSSOwenMiddleAdama

LSSErwinMiddleLisaSpring14  LSSYMCAHKD14


Fall 2013 - these programs continue into

Spring 2014!

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LSSYMINadirahFall13  LSSShilohChristineFall13

LSSDeltaHouseFall13  LSSDeaverviewLisa

LSSWoodridgeChristine13  LSSDeltaHouseImhotep


Click here to see more photos of past programs!
Interested in a
LEAF Schools & Streets program
for your school or center?

Contact Jocelyn Reese, Director of
LEAF Schools & Streets
828 | 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
LEAF Schools & Streets
Arts Education
programs include:

Resident Teaching Artists from WNC working in Asheville

• 1-2 hours weekly for 4-7 months during the school year; includes opportunity to perform at the LEAF Festival

Visiting Teaching Artist Residencies

• 4+ days; may perform at the LEAF Festival
• 1-3 day(s); may perform at the LEAF Festival
• 45 min. to 1 hour sessions

Youth Performances with Teaching Artists including LEAF Festival and other community events
Community Outreach Performances at the Orange Peel and other venues in Asheville

Click here for a featured article from Education Week highlighting the TAPAS partnership of Asheville City Schools Foundation, UNC-Asheville, and LEAF Schools & Streets.

LEAF Schools & Streets

About LEAF Schools & Streets

LEAF Schools & Streets Tracks Program

Lisa Zahiya's "Winter World Dance Spectacular"

Visiting Teaching Artists
October 2013: 
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