LEAF Community Arts (LEAF), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is comprised of LEAF Festival, LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International. In 2013, we archived the name Lake Eden Arts Festival, honoring our history and recognizing that the heart of the work with cultural arts education programs extended well beyond the LEAF Festival. LEAF connects cultures & creates community through music & arts. Since 2004, LEAF has served more than 42,000 youth in the Asheville-Buncombe area and 10 countries, globally.
In 2015, LEAF launched two inaugural programs – LEAF Downtown AVL & LEAF Local Events – in order to further expand its mission to connect cultures and create community in the Asheville-Buncombe area.
We’re often asked, ‘what is LEAF?’ Here it is:
LEAF Schools & Streets cultural arts programs use the arts to bridge cultures and create life-affirming, community building experiences – empowering our youth to become global citizens, leaders and agents of positive change.
LEAF International is dedicated to cultural preservation, exchange, and fostering global citizenship. LEAF collaborate with communities to support Culture Keepers who teach local youth their traditional arts.
LEAF Festival is LEAF’s founding event. For over 20 years, an inter-generational community gathers at Lake Eden for a dynamic experience of music, art and culture for around the globe. #1 Festival for Kids, Music & Camping in Western NC.
LEAF Downtown celebrates creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. This signature and inclusive community event encourages interpersonal exchange, cultural awareness, artistic excellence and welcoming spaces for all walks of life.