About Our Partners
YWCA of Asheville | The mission of the YWCA of Asheville is eliminating racism and empowering women. Partnering with LEAF Schools & Streets to reach young people through music and arts is one of the ways that the YWCA works to meet this mission.
Children First/Communities in Schools | The mission of Children First/CIS is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs. LEAF Schools & Streets has partnered with Children First in the Deaverview, Pisgah View & Woodridge Learning Centers to run afterschool programs since 2004.
YMCA/21st Century Community Learning Centers | The City of Asheville and the YMCA/Buncombe County Schools 21st CCLC are funded by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to provide community-based support to students’ academic pursuits through experiential learning. LEAF Schools & Streets partners with YMCA/21st CCLC to provide after-school arts education in Buncombe County schools.
Asheville City Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts | The backbone of services provided by the recreation department continues to be neighborhood-based programs, which provide a variety of recreational and leisure activities for all ages. LEAF Schools & Streets currently partners with Shiloh Community Center, Burton Street Community Center, and Wesley Grant Community Center.
Delta House Life Development of Asheville | Founded in 1983 by women from the Asheville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, this after-school program provides enrichment classes and academic support. LEAF Schools & Streets partnered with Delta House to found the LEAF Jazz Band program, as well as a NOLA Drum Line class.
Asheville City Schools Foundation/IRL | In Real Life (IRL) is a network of after-scho0l programs designed to provide high-quality learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students. IRL actively works to address barriers to participation in after-school programs. LEAF Schools and Streets currently provides four IRL classes.
LEAF MemberSHIP | Our membership program supported four LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artist programs in the Deaverview Learning Center and Asheville Middle School/In Real Life for the 2012-2013 school year.
National Endowment for the Arts | For May 2013, LEAF received its fourth direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present Kid Hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the LEAF Festival and at an enrichment performance at the Orange Peel.
South Arts | The Uncommon Time: Taiko & Tabla enrichment performance in October 2012 was funded in part by a grant from South Arts (formerly the Southern Arts Federation), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Grassroots Arts Program | Support for the LEAF Schools & Streets Resident Teaching Artist programs is funded in part by a Grassroots Arts Program Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the Asheville Area Arts Council.
Dan Lucas Memorial Fund | During the 2012-2013 school year, the LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House program, led by Resident Teaching Artist Gary Bradley, is funded in part by a grant from the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The grant was made in honor of Dan Lucas, a UNC-Asheville alum who died in 2008 while earning an advanced degree at UC-Berkeley. Lucas, a first-year candidate for a doctorate in Chemistry, was an Asheville resident for seven years and a talented musician and jazz enthusiast in the community.
Asheville City Schools Foundation | A coalition comprised of ACSF, LEAF Schools & Streets and UNCA Craft Studies program members developed a “Teaching Artist Training” called TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) and identified local talent eager to work in our schools. The TAPAS program is committed to having 60 days of artists-in-residence during 2012-2013 school year in Asheville City Schools.
Ramble Charitable Fund | LEAF Schools & Streets Shiloh Community Center Programs for the 2012-2013 school year are funded by a grant from the Ramble Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.