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Join us as we create a space for creativity and calling.

 

Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation is raising needed financial support for our coming year of education, programming, and community events in Greenville, South Carolina. Learn more about our mission and vision and consider whether you or your organization can help us reach our funding and operational goals for 2019. Thank you in advance for your generous gift.

 

Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation exists to create community at the space where creativity and calling connect. As Greenville takes its next steps into the future, we long to create a place for our city to flourish together, by applying our unique gifts and fulfilling our vocations. As you reconnect to your individual calling, we hope to be the place in which you can learn and thrive. Whether you create with paint and canvas or want to reorient your vision of your daily work, Leaf Institute is for you.


In the summer of 2018, several long-time friends joined together to found Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a space for community enrichment in the areas of art and vocational calling. Over the summer and fall of this year, we have hosted a wide variety of classes and workshops, including drawing and painting classes, an entrepreneurship discussion group, a two-weekend career direction workshop, a creative writing conference, an art exhibit, and much more.

In 2019, we plan to expand our offerings to include regular art exhibitions, a 10-month faith and work program, as well as additional art classes and community events. In order to fulfill our mission, we are looking to individual donors, corporate sponsors, and ministry partners — from around the country and especially from within our local community of Greenville, South Carolina.

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What We Offer

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Art Education

In the coming year we will continue to roll out additional courses in the visual arts — drawing, oil painting, watercolor, color theory. We’ll also introduce a drawing club and a collaborative weekly critique session for working artists.

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Vocational Formation

In addition to several sections of The Praxis Course, Leaf Institute will host 9-week Vocational Intensives followed by a 10-month faith and work cohort group beginning in the fall. We will continue partnering with Vocationality to help you discover what you were made to do.

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Community Events

We’ll be hosting six art exhibitions in the coming year, as well as dance performances, and a season of concerts from classical, folk and jazz artists. We also host neighborhood meetings, author signings, and non-profit gatherings.


Our 2019 Financial Needs 

Rent & Venue Overhead — $50,000

Most importantly, your gifts will enable Leaf Institute to enter a long-term lease for our beautiful 2,400 sq. ft. gallery space in the heart of the Village of West Greenville. Over the past six months, we’ve found the first floor of Village Studios and Gallery to be an ideal location for our classes and events. By raising the needed funds, we will establish our headquarters at the center of Greenville’s awakening arts district.

Hardware & Furnishing — $35,000

Your donations will also enable Leaf to purchase much needed audio-visual equipment, a 4K video projector for film screenings and presentations, a commercial coffee maker, kitchen equipment, window blinds, improved lighting, and other needed furnishings. All of these upgrades will allow Leaf Institute to expand the quality of our offerings and make a greater impact in the cultural fabric of Greenville.

Staff & Administration — $65,000

We plan to hire core staff beginning in 2019, starting with a full-time program director and part-time administrative manager. Your financial support will ensure that Leaf Institute has ongoing, focused leadership, and that we are able to provide encouragement and oversight of the needs of our growing community of learners.


2019 Annual Goal — $150,000

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Please consider supporting Leaf Institute with a generous one-time or recurring gift.

 

$25 Per month (or $300 One-Time)

MEMBER: Free access to all Friday morning discussions throughout the year. 15% off all class and event registrations (except Gotham Fellowship). Monthly Gatherings.

$50 Per month (or $600 One-Time)

PATRON: Free access to all Friday morning discussions throughout the year. 20% off all class and event registrations (except Gotham Fellowship). Monthly Gatherings + Annual Dinner.

$100 Per month ($1,200 One-Time)

PARTNER: Free access to all Friday morning discussions throughout the year. 25% off all class and event registrations (except Gotham Fellowship). Monthly Gatherings + Annual Dinner.

$500 Per month ($6,000 One-Time)

CORPORATE OR NON-PROFIT SPONSOR: Free access for you and your team to all Friday morning discussions throughout the year. 20% off class and event registrations for up to 10 of your staff members. (except Gotham Fellowship). Monthly Gatherings + Annual Dinner.

$1,000+ Per month ($12,000+ One-Time)

FOUNDING PARTNER: Free access for you and your team to all Friday morning discussions throughout the year. 25% off class and event registrations for up to 10 of your staff members. (except Gotham Fellowship). Monthly Gatherings + Annual Dinner.

Art Education

Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation was founded with a special focus of providing art training beginning at the high school level and continuing education for working artists. While we focus on foundational skills, we embrace a practical approach of helping students develop their work habits, portfolio, marketing, and business understanding. In Fall 2018, we began by offering Beginning Drawing, Oil Painting and a Color Theory Workshop. In 2019, we will strengthen our program, adding new adjunct faculty and course offerings. We plan to launch a scholarship program for high school age students with financial need, and will be partnering with other non-profits in Greenville to offer art education within underserved communities. We are soon starting a membership-based drawing club that will meet in our gallery space on a weekly basis.

Pictured: Our co-founder, Michelle Radford, teaches an evening Beginning Drawing class to a group of students.

Pictured: Our co-founder, Michelle Radford, teaches an evening Beginning Drawing class to a group of students.

Ideal for: High School & College Students • Professional Working Artists • Lifelong Learners

Pictured: This fall we hosted internationally-known choral composer Dan Forrest for a Saturday workshop on the intersection of his faith and calling.

Pictured: This fall we hosted internationally-known choral composer Dan Forrest for a Saturday workshop on the intersection of his faith and calling.

Vocational Formation

We live in a fast-paced age that is often alienating and compartmentalized in its approach to our work, our personal lives, and our faith. Though we have an overwhelming desire for our careers to make a meaningful impact, we are often caught in the daily grind of simply earning a paycheck with no sense of greater purpose or direction. Leaf Institute comes alongside to offer a range of engagement points to help raise our perspective, from workshops and classes to discussion groups and extended cohorts. We believe that to be fully-integrated humans, we must consider and trust the calling of God on our lives. Then, in both individual and group contexts, we reflect on how we have been uniquely gifted and shaped, stepping out in confidence to love and serve all of creation. Leaf Institute partners with established organizations such as Vocationality, Praxis Labs, and Center for Faith and Work, to offer high quality, theologically-rich learning programs and resources.

Ideal for: Thoughtful Professionals Across All Careers & Callings

Community Events

Beyond our primary educational programs, we want our gallery space to be a welcoming environment for our neighbors in West Greenville. We host art shows, musical performances, community meetings, evening classes, networking events and parties throughout the year. In addition, we offer Leaf Institute as an event venue available for rent. This past summer and fall, we’ve hosted a pop-up shop, photoshoots, weddings, business meetings, church dinners, company holiday parties, off-site brainstorming sessions, songwriter concerts and more. In the coming year, we will launch a regular calendar of Leaf Institute sponsored events. To learn more about renting Leaf Institute for your event, visit our booking page.

Pictured: From November 2018 through January 2019 Chris Koelle is presenting a major exhibition of new drawings entitled  Taught to Fall .

Pictured: From November 2018 through January 2019 Chris Koelle is presenting a major exhibition of new drawings entitled Taught to Fall.

2019 Program Offerings

Beginning Drawing

Oil Painting

Figure Drawing Club

Artist Critique Group


Quarterly Art Exhibitions

Musical Performances

Monthly Film SCreenings

Poetry & Theology

Vocational IntensiveS

Gotham Fellowship

The Praxis Course

Weekend Workshops


Neighborhood Meetings

Networking Events

Creative Mornings

Author Readings & Signings

Our Team

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Michelle Radford
Director of Programming

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Brannon McAllister
Director of Operations

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Ian Crook
Director of Finance