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Spring Educator Workshop | Harold Green for Flowers for the Living Foundation presents Black Roses and Black Oak

April 22, 202310:30 am - 12:00 pm

This program is free of charge for teachers, but an RSVP is required.

Educators gather for a workshop at the MCA. Education Teacher Institute, August 2, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

About the Event

The content of this event, based on Harold Green’s Black Roses and Black Oak poetry series with curriculum developed by Joshua Wiggins, is appropriate for learners of all ages. This curriculum provides space for children, teens, and adults alike to reflect on personal heroes and pay tribute through writing and art.

Carefully curated into titled groupings including advocates, curators, innovators, luminaries, trailblazers, brave hearts, champions, dreamers, guardians, and humanitarians, Harold Green III has poured a solid foundation of poetry and artwork for educators to guide students to be inspired in verbal, artistic, and written expressions.

By using these resources in the classroom, teachers gain unlimited freedom to tailor lessons to include rich wordsmanship, positivity and gratitude, representation and diversity, the elements of poetry, creative art pieces, speaking and performing opportunities, and reflections.

The curriculum for this event is available free of charge to educators. Those in attendance will be entered into a raffle to receive a classroom set of the Black Roses and Black Oak poetry series books.

This program is free of charge, but RSVP is required.

Illinois educators will receive ISBE credit for attending.

About the Speakers

Image provided by Harold Green.

Harold Green is an ever-evolving artist whose vibrant storytelling and passionate, lyrical delivery captivate audiences domestically and internationally. Using poetry as his central art form, Green is a highly sought-after speaker, bandleader, and event producer.

Image provided by Joshua Wiggins.

Joshua Wiggins is currently the Director of Curriculum & Educational Programs at LINK Unlimited Scholars where he designs liberatory curricula for more than 250 scholars in the program and leads the logistical and operational planning of various scholar and external partner programs.


Major support for Learning Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein and Anonymous.

Additional generous support is provided by the Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, Friends of Edwin A. Bergman Fund, the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Diane Kahan, The Marshall Frankel Foundation, D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies, Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundations.