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growing community and creativity in gardens

Mission . . .

To link community members across generations and cultures by using organic gardening lessons to inspire story performances and by using garden sites as theater venues.

a garden as an artistic home . . .

Once a trashed out lot, the  Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden is now  gardened by 7 neighborhood families, 4 community based organizations and Green Scene Chicago's  performance ensembles made up of local teenagers. The garden hosts free family entertainment and summer camps, where children learn healthy growing practices while unearthing healthy self expression through writing, storytelling, theater, music and dance. The garden produces food and performances every summer! 
The garden's transformation
: http://vimeo.com/114483198

Come and see
August 11 & 12, 2016
Free live theater presented in a garden!
Created and performed by Green Scene Summer Stock Teen Ensemble

This ensemble started growing the scenery for the play back in May when this photo was taken.
Playing at:
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden
4919 N. Winthrop, Chicago, 60640.

Performance times
Aug 11: 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
Aug 12: 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 6 pm
Groups - please reserve!  martie@greenscenechicago.org

Teens summer wages are partially funded by
Whole Kids Foundation, Puffin Foundation and
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. See past youth performances: Teenagers

Check out this link to a story that the
Sun Times published!


Do you think Millennium Park has the only Bean? Check us out! This is a bean teepee and a set piece for the show! July photo.

Please feel free to upload the flyer to your left, print it out,  and pass it around. Spread the word! Here is the link JACKLYN FLYER

About the show:

When 13-year-old Jacklyn, who has a fear of heights, climbs a giant beanstalk, she encounters Giant Baby Ju Ju, whose fear of eating anything fresh causes her to gobble only sugary Smarties and Dum Dum lollipops as a steady diet!  “Fee-fi-fo-fum. Will I get a Smartie or will I get a Dum Dum?” With the help of the audience, these two conquer their phobias in this interactive play for children. The show is staged in an outdoor community garden and the scenery is grown from pole beans. Audience members will get to pick and sample fresh beans as they learn about protein and good nutrition. And they will get to take home a free can of beans too, thanks to ALDI Corporation.

  If you think Millennium Park has the only BEAN – you need to check out this show!


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.
Check out:

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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