Friday, August 11, 2017

Magic In The Garden, Saturday Morning at 11AM

"Come and feel connected to your neighbors via the magic of seeds at the Winthrop Heritage Garden!

In a guided interaction, participants will perform a magic illusion in their own hands, using seed paper cards. Participants join together to care for this evolving communal garden, with seeds as the focus as a reminder of how seeds connect all of us. An impossible garden, made possible!

This work is produced with support from:
• DCASE - Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
• High Concept Laboratories
• Uptown United

The Winthrop Heritage Garden was established in 2009 to celebrate the families who helped found Uptown’s rich cultural diversity, while also providing a green space in one of Chicago’s most densely populated neighborhoods.

Chicago’s Uptown is known for its rich, dynamic history and its mingling of cultures and customs. However, pre-World War II land covenants and legal segregation listed the 4600 block of Winthrop Avenue as Uptown’s only block where African Americans could live. Despite this, the neighbors developed tight-knit relationships. Although only one resident from those decades remain, the result was a large extended family that still gathers and refers to themselves as the Winthrop Avenue Family.

In the mid-2000s, the idea of transforming several vacant parcels of land into a community greenspace on the narrow 4600 block of Winthrop took shape and was dedicated in the Fall of 2009."

The Garden is located at 4630 North Winthrop. The show will run from 11am-noon.

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