growing community and creativity in gardens

Green Scene Chicago Mission

          To link community members across generations and cultures by using gardening to inspire story performances and by turning urban school and community gardens into outdoor theaters.

                      growing Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden 
          This site in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood was once an abandoned and trashed-out lot until Green Scene rallied its neighbors to transform it into a "crops and theater-producing venue." 
Today Green Scene engages many groups on site: teenagers learn to grow arts and culture in their community; children (K-8) come with garden clubs from Chinese Mutual Aid, Uptown Ministries, and Vietnamese Association; eleven local families collectively grow food together. 
              community outreach 
                     Since 2013, Green Scene's given seventy one urban teens a summer job. In the last two summers, grant funding has provided the teens with equitable minimum wages. At the garden these young people learn healthy growing practices while unearthing their self-expression through creative writing, storytelling, theater, music and dance. They adapt earth tales and play these to K-8 audiences for free. After planting and tending vegetables to create a theater set, the teens eat recipes from their growing scenery and use these plants as teaching tools when they give garden tours and taste samples to their curious audience members. 

and creativity in gardens  shared with everyone!

The cast of Helianthus  (Left to Right)
Aida Zeleke, Jesus Guerrero, Evelyn Hernandez, Hakim Muhammad, Judith Chima
 A power Flower trots the GLOBE!

  Click here for show flyer
you can print and pass along!Helianthus_Flyer_Poster_6_28.pdf


Join us for this FREE interactive pageant
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Show times: 10 am, 1pm, 3pm, 6:30pm

at the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden
4919 North Winthrop, Chicago, 60640

This production tells the tale of the sunflower and how the seed made its way from early propagation in Mexico all the way to Russia!

It is played on a set of live growing sunflowers and audience members will be invited to help act the tale with the

Green Scene Teens performers:
Judith Chima
Jesus Guerrero
Evelyn Hernandez
Hakim Muhammad
Aida Zeleke

Along with Sullivan High School
Band Club

Our garden is wheel chair accessible!
Groups of 10 or more, please reserve:

Free productions! 
For 1,400 audience and counting! 
Our original teen-generated shows:

Photos and Video of
Teen Summer Stock creations


Corn, Bean, and Squash are sisters in this companion planting method and tale, adapted from an Iroquois legend.


"Fee Fee, Fi Fi, Fo Fo, Fum, Fum! I want a Smartie!  I want a Dum Dum!"
A candy gobbling giantess learns about beans.

Teens "get the dirt" write their truth. Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters

Weekly Series showcasing Nine Uptown Youth Performance Companies including Alternatives, Joel Hall, Chicago Syphonic Winds, Kings of Da Culture Rap, Green Scene Teens.


Crafts, Games, African Music and Dance for families.

Green Scene Chicago comes to Chicago Schools 

Green Scene offers in-school arts residencies 
and is currently serving students at Pathways In Education High School in Brighton Park, until fall 2018.  

Botany is explored with theater-making using
NGSS, ELA and Illinois Fine Arts core standards alignment.

In a past residency, (pictured right) Nathanael Greene Elementary students perform in their school garden, the culminating event of a cross pollination of science, literacy and theater.

Click here: CPS CURRICULUM page

Green Scene Chicago has garnered support from 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman,
The Illinois Arts Council, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events,
After School Matters, Ingenuity, ALDI Corporation, Openlands, Crop Science Society of America,
Whole Kids Foundation, Muhammad Ali Peace Center, The Puffin Foundation,
Latin School of Chicago, The Service Club of Chicago, Rough Magic,
Gethsemane Garden Center, Lake Street Landscape, and NeighborSpace.

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