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Teaching Artists

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Artist in Residence, Resident & Easel Rider 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, or complete a final visual arts project, as well as other performance and workshop opportunities throughout their individual communities.

Nex Millen

Father, Music Producer, Artist, Hip Hop Scholar & Cultural Curator

Otto Vazquez

Internationally acclaimed Broadway dancer, instructor, choreographer & street dancer

Sam Irvin IV

Jazz Musician

Adama Dembele

master djembefola (djembe player) from the Ivory Coast, West Africa

Melvin A.C. Howell

movement expert and master instructor in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Freestyle

Skyler Goff

Freelance Writer & Artist

Melissa McKinney

Music Educator

Sondra & Allan Hall

Musicians & Developers of Alpha-Beat Soup

Marci Bernstein

actor, director, producer, playwright and educator

Ashleigh Goff

director and founder of the Montford Moppets

Lisa Smith

Filmmaker, Live-action & Stop-motion

Easel Rider – Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab – is all about connecting people and art, and that’s exactly what these Teaching Artists do! Today, LEAF has a growing roster of 10+ Easel Rider Teaching Artists that facilitate a visual art project related to the theme of the community event or cultural art craft. Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab is used in many different capacities: after-school programs, community functions, specific school activities, outdoor activities & camps – reaching roughly reaching roughly 3,623+ youth at over 170 events in 2019.

Vanessa Maria Guerrero

Co-president of Asheville Latinos Achieving Success

Madison Link

LEAF Vendor Co-Director, Realtor

Chaka Gordon

Writer, Community Organizer, and Teacher

Edwin Salas

Mexican Puppeteer, dancer and plastic artist

Ashley Rivera

Soap Maker, Potter, Painter, Up-Cycler, and Collage Extraordinaire

Tarah Singh

lighting designer, stylist, consultant, chef, welder, painter, mother

Marsha Almodovar

Mother, Teacher, Painter, Entrepreneur and Activist

Cristal Rose Fox

Clay Artist

Liliana Lopez

Painter, Watercolor Artist

Robyn Josephs

Multimedia Artist and Creative Educator

Jenny Pickens

Artist & Muralist

At the start of each academic year, LEAF Schools & Streets works to match available Artist in Residence, Resident & Easel Rider 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, or complete a final visual arts project, as well as other performance and workshop opportunities throughout their individual communities.

In 2020, Visiting Teaching Artists are Virtual and in Very Small Groups

Want to Empower Youth
through Cultural Arts Education?

BE A LEAF TEACHING ARTIST!

Former LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artists

Amy Hamilton, Artimus Pyle, Asheville Urban Arts Institute, Ben Gradison, Bobby Fish, Christine Garvin, Dave Hamilton, DJ Kutzu, Dominique Scales, Edward Link, Edwin Salas, Erinn Hartley, Gary Bradley, Graham Hackett with Catalyst Poetix, Hunab-Kru, Imhotep, Ingrid Johnson, James Nave’, Jeanette Zwieg, Jeff Knorr, Jess Wharton, Jonathan Santos, Jon Cooley, Katie Oaks, Kelly Hanson, Kenya Webster, Kuumba Zuwena, Larissa Lopez, Lisa Abeling, Lola York, Lyric, Melanie MacNeil, Melina Palumbo, Michael Hayes, Nadirah Rahman, Nina Ruffini, Teren Gaskin, Ryulee Park

LEAF Schools & Streets has a long legacy of talented teaching artists who have helped shaped who we are, where we’ve been, and have helped pave the way for where we may go.  We are forever grateful for their contributions and we honor them as an integral part of our organization.

We appreciate your interest & passion to be a LEAF Teaching Artist!

If you would like to be Resident Teaching Artist, please CLICK HERE!

If you would like to be an Easel Rider Teaching Artist, please CLICK HERE!

If you’d like more information on being a LEAF Teaching Artist in general, please CLICK HERE!