Mission Statement

PRH was founded in 1993 by artist and community activist Rick Lowe along with James Bettison (1958-1997), Bert Long (1940-2013), Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples, and George Smith. They sought to establish a positive, creative and transformative presence in this historic community. Inspired by both American artist Dr. John Biggers  and the German artist Josef Beuys, PRH is a unique experiment in activating the intersections between art, historic preservation, affordable and innovative housing, community relations and development, neighborhood revitalization, and human empowerment.

The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture.