Project Row Houses Turns 25

2018 marks a historic moment for Project Row Houses, our 25th Anniversary! We have much to celebrate during this milestone year and so much to look forward to as we begin our next 25 years. 

Project Row Houses was founded with a mission to be the catalyst for the transformation of community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture. While the heart of this mission remains at the core of our work, Project Row Houses has always been adaptive and responsive to our ever-changing neighborhood. Our roots remain deeply planted in the Historic Third Ward community. As the community grows and changes, so do we.  

We spent much of last year reflecting on our past, how we've grown over the years and how this historic community has grown around us, and thinking to our future. Over the past two decades, PRH has become an international model for artists and communities to address their needs for historic preservation and community enrichment. We are excited and proud to share with you our new mission statement:  


With the development of projects like Trans.Lation: Vickery Meadow in Dallas, TX, and Victoria Square Project in Athens, Greece, the PRH model is tested and active, empowering individuals and communities through collective creativity and establishing sustainable opportunities. This new mission will guide us as we establish the PRH model as something that can be shared with diverse communities at a global scale. Our work in the Third Ward and Houston remain the same. We work to support people and ideas of our community so that they may go on to do the same for others.  

As we move forward, we hope you will join us as we celebrate our anniversary with events that highlight our history as well as that of the Third Ward and the culture of our shared community!  

Thank you for your continued support. 

With Gratitude, 

Eureka Gilkey
Executive Director

25th Anniversary Activities

Athens Tour | April 26-30

Experience the PRH model on a global scale as we set off to Athens, Greece and visit the newly established Victoria Square Project. Guided by 2014 MacArthur Fellow and PRH Founding Director Rick Lowe, we'll see how Athenian artists have applied the PRH model to a community of refugees in need of a catalyst for empowerment.  

In Athens, we will tour Victoria Square, visit the studios of local artists, and participate in unique experiences and workshops that have developed through this social sculpture. Registration for this trip is priced at $2500 per person and includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, exclusive artist engagement opportunities and entrance to cultural institutions.  Air travel is not included. Registration will increase to $3000 on March 1, 2018. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!  

CommuniTea with YMRP | May 6

Sunday Afternoon, May 6, 2018 | 2 – 4:30 pm
Project Row Houses Courtyard | 2521 Holman

Please join Project Row Houses & the YMRP Advisory Committee as we celebrate PRH's 25th Anniversary and highlight the Young Mothers Residential Program!

CommuniTea with YMRP will honor the program and commemorate the legacy of women's leadership, contributions, and community at PRH. Come celebrate by donning your hat, sandals, sundresses, and seersucker suits for an afternoon of Fun, Great Company, and Treats!

Founding Artist Tours | June 2, 9, 16, 23

Join us for a tour of public art created by the founding artists of PRH. Led by the PRH staff, this tour will feature discussions with founders Jesse Lott, Bert Samples, and George Smith as participants explore and reflect on their rich artistic practices. 

Screenings with MFAH | July 13-15

PRH will collaborate with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to showcase filmmakers of color as we screen works that act as extensions of Black Life, explore various means of building community, and illustrate how art is subtly interweaved into everyday life. 

DC Trip | August 2-5

Ticket | $1500, Registration closes July 5 at 5 pm

Journey with PRH to Washington, D.C. for a special tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which houses a permanent display on Project Row Houses as well as work by founding artist Floyd Newsum. The group will meet with museum staff for special discussions on the development of the museum and its important role in the national conversation. We will also visit other iconic sites in the capital, including the 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Portrait Gallery. Please join us as we celebrate PRH's 25th Anniversary and important footprint in this nation's history! 

Registration includes airfare, meals, and hotel. 

Symposium | September 7-8

Presented by Project Row Houses (PRH), “Social Practice.Social Justice” is a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists and thought leaders to Houston’s Third Ward. The symposium begins Friday evening with a special dinner hosted by Project Row Houses. It continues with Day 2 on Saturday morning with a panel discussion on neighborhood development and the strategies used in communities impacted by disinvestment. This session will be followed by a keynote address from Lisa Dent, thought leader and advocate for cultural workers, living artists and shape-shifters. The afternoon session will conclude the symposium, with a panel centered on utilizing creativity, imagination and engagement.  

Round 48 Opening + Block Party | October 13

Round 48 will investigate the storied connection between artists and activism within contemporary art. In conjunction with the opening, we'll be hosting a block party that spans our expansive site with fun games, great food, and amazing performances.

25th Anniversary Gala | November 1

Hosted by Co-Chairs Roslyn Bazzelle & Derrick Mitchell
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park

Join the Project Row Houses community of supporters as we close out the celebration of our 25th year! Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available now, and sponsors will receive an early release of our 25th Anniversary Book, organized by Curator Ryan N. Dennis!