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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!







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

Photos and Video of
Teen Summer Stock creations

A TALE of THREE SISTERS - 2017

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

JACKLYN and the BEANSTALK -2016

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


MUCH ADO ABOUT DIRT -2015
Teens "get the dirt" write their truth. Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters

PROJECT TAP ROOT -2014
Weekly Series showcasing Nine Uptown Youth Performance Companies including Alternatives, Joel Hall, Chicago Syphonic Winds, Kings of Da Culture Rap, Green Scene Teens.

GARDEN GROOVE CAMP 
WELCOMING THE MOON HARVEST FEST-2013

Crafts, Games, African Music and Dance for families.









Green Scene Chicago comes to Chicago Schools 

Green Scene offers in-school arts residencies.
Botany is explored with theater-making using
NGSS, ELA and Illinois Fine Arts core standards alignment.

Nathanael Greene Elementary students perform in their school garden, the culminating event
of a Green Scene residency that cross-pollinates science with 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, Rough Magic,
Gethsemane Garden Center, Lake Street Landscape, and NeighborSpace.



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