Winthrop Harmony ARts Garden

   May 2013                                          August 2017 
   4919 N Winthrop, 60640                 Now 4919 N Winthrop is 
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden
Prior to its transformation             Below is 1 of 7 p
erformances of "A Tale of Three Sisters"
     Performed by Green Scene Teen Summer Stock

Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden in the making -
Click Here to see -- (7 mins)

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JUNE 2013
Green Scene Chicago recruits Uptown youth, neighborhood schools and Root Riot mentors to launch the transformation of
4919 North Winthrop with: 

Growing Our Community Day
Green Scene Chicago links with After School Matters and hires 15 teenage apprentices to tend the  garden and rally new community partners as garden teams.  ASM teens design and build garden beds for eight new partners and welcome them in with a Garden Bed Dedication Ceremony.
The ceremony honors newly recruited partners:

McCutcheon Elementary Mid-America Senior Care
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Uplift Community High
Uptown Ministries
St Thomas of Canterbury Church
Vietnamese Association
48th Ward Offices
Green Scene Chicago starts Garden Groove.
campers learn organic gardening and create garden-inspired music.  Prince Malonga teaches African dance.  Camp ends with a dance jam for family and friends. Click here for DNA Info's second press coverage.
Green Scene Chicago hosts Welcoming the Moon Harvest Festival at the newly named Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden. Families enjoy free live music, moon lantern crafting, face painting, theater games, an African dance workshop and harvesting. A harvest donation is made to Saint Thomas of Canterbury's Soup Kitchen.
APRIL 2014
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden now opens with new garden partners joining Green Scene Chicago to plant their garden beds. 
Green Scene Chicago recruits and hires another crew of 17 teen apprentices through After School Matters.  They learn organic gardening and theater techniques in the garden. Project Tap Root starts on Saturdays and brings nine young performing arts companies from Uptown to perform free for the public, including the ASM teens.
Green Scene Chicago's teen apprentices perform original works for a final show in Project Tap Root.  Their production title: "Grow! Sow! What up Bruh?"
To see photos of the other participating Project Tap Root artists click to Young People Create page
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden closes with a final harvest and a performance from Chinese Mutual Aid's young fan dancers. A harvest donation is made to Saint Thomas of Canterbury's Soup Kitchen.
AUGUST 2015 -a  third group of teen apprentices to grow and learn at Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden.   They take an abundant harvest to the Argyle Night Market and create a final showcase in the garden:
"Much Ado About Dirt"


This year funding from DCASE gives the Teen Summer Stock Ensemble minimum wages for 100 hours of work! As a result, they join the garden earlier in May, getting a more robust education in urban gardening practices and planting their bean teepee, used in the set for "Jacklyn and the Beanstalk." The photo of the gardener/actors on the right won a contest for the Crop Society of America!
Below is the team in costume in August 
Click here for Sun Times Article


Again, the Summer Stock teens score a minimum wage and more hours in the garden with funding coming from DCASE!  Early May, this ensemble begins to plant the corn, bean, and squash that will make up the set and the teaching garden for their production of " A Tale of Three Sisters."  To the right, corn will grow on the trellis and gardener/actress waters the beans. Below, gardener/actors perform in front of their corn in August. 
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