Mission Statement

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.


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.