Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Founded in 1993 as a result of the vision of local African-American artists wanting a positive creative presence in their own community, PRH shifts the view of art from traditional studio practice to a more conceptual base of transforming the social environment.

Central to the vision of PRH is the social role of art as seen in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service, and youth education. The programs of PRH are built around Five Pillars inspired by the work of internationally renowned artist John Biggers and his principles concerning the components of row house communities: 

  • Art and Creativity
  • Education
  • Social Safety Nets
  • Architecture
  • Sustainability


PRH Board

Executive Committee

Aarti Garehgrat, Assistant Treasurer
Nina Oakes, Secretary
James V Derrick Jr., Assistant Secretary

Andrew Speckhard, President
Jonas Chin, Vice President
Devaron Yates, Treasurer

Board Members

Hasty Johnson
Elwyn C. Lee, J.D.
Theola Petteway
Bert Samples
Emily Todd

Regina Agu
Bert Bertonaschi
Jamal Cyrus
Deepak Doshi
Edwin Harrison, Ex Officio