Houston Chronicle: Regina Agu gets the drift at Project Row Houses

Full article by Molly Glentzer


Regina Agu's minimal and elegant "Sargassum" installation at Project Row Houses quietly consumes the single-room space at 2511 Holman with an 80-foot curtain that wraps around three walls, containing a panoramic photographic print of a grass-lined beach.

The title hints that this isn't just an inventive way to display a landscape: Sargassum is the genus of brown seaweed that Galveston visitors know all too well.

The image is printed on billboard vinyl, a material that's also used to advertise seaside attractions. It depicts four experimental sand dunes Texas A&M environmental scientists built on East Beach after the massive seaweed invasion of 2014, studying ways to use the invasive plants as a tool for slowing erosion.

Just Vibe Houston: PROJECT ROW HOUSES: BEAUTY, ART, AND CREATIVITY IN HOUSTON’S THIRD WARD

Full article by Dana Robinson 


This would probably have come as no surprise to Rick Lowe if he had been watching. Almost 25 years ago Rick had the revolutionary idea that if you expose people to beauty, art, and creativity that you could reach something within the individual spirit and raise the ability to aspire, both for themselves and for others. So, in 1993, along with several other like-minded artists and community activists, he developed Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward. The neighborhood, one of the city’s oldest African American communities, was suffering under the results of high crime and hopelessness at that time.

Houston Chronicle: Artists honor music as gateway to expression

Full article by Molly Glentzer


His deliberately informal "Jazz Church" leads visitors on a ramble through several rooms that mix his own work with album covers, concert fliers, news clippings and other ephemera - a riot of information that could provide a pretty rich education, if you had time to absorb it all.

Malone also has organized a few intimate, live performances in the space, limiting the free tickets to 35 seats, "so people can feel like they've won the lottery," he said.

Houstonia: Welcome to Crumbville, Texas

Full article by Katharine Schilcutt


“COME ON IN!” Ella Russell calls out from behind the counter, greeting a visitor to her Third Ward bakery, located just inside the Eldorado Ballroom on Elgin. “Welcome to Crumbville!” Before she knows it, the visitor’s swept in for a smile and a hug. Russell embraces everyone, even strangers—especially strangers—drawing them out of their shells and into discussions, even if they’re just discussions about which cookie they’ll inevitably purchase: her best-selling neon-pink Cookie Minaj (strawberry-oatmeal with white chocolate chips), her vegan Oreo, or a “stuffed cup,” a plump cupcake with a cookie baked inside.

Houstonia: The Jazz Church of Houston Highlights Bayou City Musicians

Full article by Chris Becker


IT’S A CHILLY SUNDAY NIGHT IN DECEMBER, and Project Row Houses—the community-based arts organization in the Third Ward—is hopping, specifically the row house currently christened The Jazz Church of Houston.

On a custom-built stage inside the small shotgun house, Houston bassist Marcos Varela leads his swinging quartet with tunes from his album San Ygnacio. It’s standing-room-only in the 30-seat venue, which is part art installation, part history museum and part juke joint. Varela, a graduate of the city’s celebrated High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is just one of many Houston musicians, poets and activists who have appeared at The Jazz Church of Houston since it opened in September 2016.