Building the LEAF Global Experience

Eagle Markets Place History

LEAF Global Team

LEAF is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with a talented and diverse team of longtime LEAFers and local community leaders to help bring its work, vision and mission to life in the Center.

Builder: Damian Davis Construction
Project Manager: Miriam Gee – COEverything
Contractor: Satchomo & Company
LEAF Navigators + LEAF Board
Project Curators: Nex Millen, Roy Harris, River Guerguerian, Farhad Javedi, Claude Coleman, Adama Dembele, Juanita Jackson, Bob Doss, Mark Hennegan, Jefferson Ellison, Paul Gallimore, Beni Ramseth, Helme Calfee, Megan Ashley Crow & superstar LEAFers.

Global Visionaries helping keep LEAF on “true north” mission path.
Judith Ann Abrams, NY, NY, Broadway Producer  • Alexandra & Don Clayton, Asheville, NC + St. Maarten, International Business Entrepreneur • Bootsy & Pepperminte Patti Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio, Masters of FUNK! • Charles Gwinn, Winston Salem, NC, Developer/ International Consultant • Darrell Rose, Charlottesville VA, West African Drum Master • Derek Andrews, Toronto, Canada, Mundial Montreal  + World Music Advocate • Gene Bell, Asheville, NC, AVL Housing Authority • Georgia Beasley, Peru, International Development • James Nave, Asheville, NC + Philippines, Poet • Kinobe, Kampala, Uganda, Dance of Hope • Kiran Singh, Jonesboro, TN + Scotland, Jonesboro Storytelling Festival • Lisa Ruberti, NY, NY, Bennetton, Donna Karen • Masankho Banda, Malawi, International Peace Builder + Educator • Natalia Clavier, NY, NY, Thievery Corporation • Tom Pryor, NY, NY, Music Journalist + Media Consultant • Greg Lucas, New Orleans, Preservation Hall • Leah Song, Global Artist & Activist

LEAF Global Campaign

Inviting donors & partners to be part of reaching the $1,250,000 goal. As of opening the doors on Valentine’s Day 2020, we are 3/4 of the way! Naming Opportunities available for several experiences & exhibits. We welcome Corporate and Individual Giving conversations to find great matches!

Contact: Jordan, Development Director | 

“LEAF is an energetic, vibrant group with a global vision. Their project will bring new culture and diversity to our city that will be a perfect complement to the very core of Asheville’s identity. There is nothing more powerful than creating positive change in our own community that will have a lasting positive impact felt far beyond our own borders.”
Robert Foster
Committee Chair, TPDF

This project is made possible in part with support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. 

Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.