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Green Scene Chicago's mission . . .

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

a garden as an artistic home . . .

The  Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden was once an abandoned lot in Chicago, but in 2013 Green Scene Chicago rallied a neighborhood to transform it into a community garden. It is now tended collectively by partners that include 7 families, 3 community based organizations and Green Scene Chicago. Each spring Green Scene Chicago recruits and offers teenagers gainful summer employment. They learn healthy growing practices while unearthing healthy self-expression through writing, storytelling, theater, music and dance. These young people produce food and produce free performances for the neighborhood at Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden. Growing Our Community Day launched the garden and the before/after shots are here: http://vimeo.com/114483198

Announcing exciting 2017 job opportunity for teens 15 years and up!
Earn $10/ per hour

Teen wages are made possible by an Individual Artist Grant 
from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

INTERVIEWS are MAY 9, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 pm - plan to be there the whole 90 minutes

step 1 Email Martie@greenscenechicago.org to tell her you are coming to interview
step 2 DOWN LOAD the application by clicking HERE Complete it and bring to audition.
           Incomplete applications not accepted.
step 3 Attend interview at 
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden4919 North Winthrop, Chicago, 60660
   If raining go to Bezazian Library, 1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640    

Six teenagers will be hired to be the theater ensemble that creates and performs a children’s play: “The Three Sisters Tale” Young men and young women are needed to help adapt and perform this Iroquois legend that imparts the wisdom of planting corn, beans, and squash (three sisters) together. 
We will use living plants as the scenery for this show and grow them starting in May at The Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden in Uptown. We will create the play through writing and improvisation. The play will have 6 performances in the garden where we plant and then tour to two other gardens. It will joyfully teach younger children in the audiences about nutrition. With this job, teens participate in the citywide THE YEAR OF PUBLIC ART.

Dates of employment:
Work approximately 68 hours from May to August.

Creating and planting set and show:
Saturdays May 20 - August 5 from 10 am -2 pm

Rehearsal period: 
August 6, 7, 8, and 9 from 3pm -7pm (additional rehearsals may be called)

August 10, 11 and 12 from 10 am to 7pm (three performances each day / exact show times TBA)

created and performed in 2016 by
Green Scene 
Summer Stock Teens 

pictured below with the bean teepee that they grew as a theater set.
Catherine Kannah, Liliane Tran,
Devene Parker, Chisom Chima, Abub
akar Ayuba, and Aida zeleke  

In their adaptation the age old tale,
13-year-old Jacklyn who has a fear of heights must climb a giant beanstalk to save her family. She encounters Giant Baby Ju Ju, who fears dirt and eating fresh foods that grow in it. Ju Ju gobbles only candy as her steady diet!  “Fee-fi-fo-fum. Will I get a Smartie or will I get a Dum Dum?” With the help of the audience, Jacklyn and Ju Ju conquer their fears. Audience members sample fresh beans and learn about good nutrition.  T
hanks to ALDI, each attendee takes home a can of beans!

CLICK HERE -- to see 2 minutes of the performance! Link to VIMEO!

Giant Baby Ju Ju demands candy, while "Jello" the
Golden Cello plays a soothing lullaby.

CLICK here Chicago Sun Times to see great press 

BELOW:   Jacklyn and the Beanstalk ensemble introduces themselves 
to audience members from Chinese Mutual Aid Association.  
Production photographs courtesy of: Hani Moustafa


Green Scene's dynamic arts residency explores botany with theater-making
. 4th and 5th graders at Nathanael Greene Elementary performed in their school garden. This was the culminating event of Green Scene's "Seed to Fruit" cross-pollination of science, literacy and theater arts.
NGSS and ELA core alignment.
Bring Green Scene to your school.
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CPS Curriculum 

  Green Scene Chicago is conceived and created by Martie Sanders,
a Chicago actress,monologist, and Master Gardener.
  Contact: martie@greenscenechicago.org

Green Scene Chicago programming is endorsed by Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward.
Funding awards have come from: The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, After School Matters, Whole Kids Foundation, Muhammad Ali Center, and The Puffin Foundation Ltd.
The garden is protected and supported by a community land trust through NeighborSpace.

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