A Message from Shannette Prince, YMRP Graduate

I was a 19-year old sophomore at Texas Southern University when I became pregnant with my son, Isaiah. He was born in May 2002. I attended summer school in July and was living in the Young Mothers Residential Program (YMRP) at Project Row Houses (PRH) in October. During that time of my life, things were moving quickly, and I was determined not to allow a teenage pregnancy to define me.

My experience with YMRP changed the trajectory of my life. My son and I were nurtured in a loving community and exposed to arts and culture like never before - from the Black Parenting Classes taught by Dr. Nelda Lewis to my home - my little house on Holman. I can still remember my mentor mom, Ms. Yvonne, taking me to Target to go shopping for MY house. I gained a level of knowledge about myself and my capabilities that I had not explored in the past. I took great pride in my home and the YMRP.

The full circle moments come when Isaiah and I look back at photos of our time at PRH. He’s a sophomore in high school and his little brother a 5th grader. Once you connect to YMRP and Project Row Houses, the spirit of the founders and the ancestors whose space we share are forever a part of your being. I encourage you to consider supporting YMRP and Project Row Houses by joining the PRH family as a member. When you click here to become a member, you not only change the lives of young mothers, you are also shoring up the success of the next generation.

Thank you,

Shannette Prince
Founder, Africa On My Back

A Special Message from Our Executive Director

Today is my birthday – and you may or may not know this about me, but I love birthdays.

They provide a chance for each of us to reflect on the past year, celebrate everything we’ve accomplished, and to look forward to the new year we’ve been blessed with.

We started out this year with a distinct focus on showcasing our 25-year history and honoring the seven visionary artists who founded Project Row Houses (PRH). I am so grateful to spend every day building on the legacy of these inspirational, innovative, and creative change agents. They had a vision that art and creativity could be an engine for social transformation in our historic and culturally rich neighborhood, and it’s an honor to continue to carry this work forward. Thank you for joining me on this extraordinary journey!

I want to personally invite you to reflect and celebrate with me. Take an intimate look back through our miraculous 25 years by purchasing your own copy of our first ever publication, Collective Creative Actions: PRH at 25available here on our website. I’d also love for you to join us this Friday in the historic Eldorado Ballroom for our annual holiday membership reception, Cocktails in the Ballroom. You can reserve your spot today at bit.ly/prhholiday.

In solidarity and gratitude,

Eureka Gilkey

Executive Director

See You There!

Snapshots of my Personal Highlights from Our 25th Anniversary Year

Clockwise from upper left:

Img. 1 – People dancing in Holman Street at our Round 48 Opening and Block Party

Img. 2 – Black Girl Magic from the opening panel at our Social Justice.Social Practice Symposium. L – R: Pat Jordan from Kansas City; Irfana Jetha Noorani from DC; Danielle Burns Wilson in Houston; moderated by myself, Eureka Gilkey

Img. 3 – Our incomparable 25th Anniversary Gala Chairs, Roslyn Bazzelle and Derrick Mitchell

Img. 4 –the 16 high schoolers from our community we took to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, visiting the Yard at my alma mater, Howard University

Img. 5 – Yumnah Evans at CommuniTea, where we honored the early champions of our ground-breaking Young Mothers Residential Program

Local Magazine: SCENE | Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala

WHAT: Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala
WHERE: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park

On Thursday, November 1, more than 270 of Project Row Houses’ (PRH) most dedicated supporters gathered for the organization’s 25th Anniversary Gala at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park.

Guests mingled as they enjoyed live music from the Texas Southern University Jazz Quartet and strolled through the art auction, bidding on showcased works from PRH’s community of artists. Soon after, guests were seated for the dinner in the Celebration Garden and were welcomed by Eureka Gilkey, PRH Executive Director. The gracious fall feast featured harvest salad, roasted salmon farro risotto, and lemon custard, specially prepared by Third Ward Chef Shakti Baum of Etta’s Kitchen, with generous support from Levy Convention Centers. PRH also presented a short video highlighting the progress made over the past 25 years with Gilkey expanding upon key moments. The dinner closed with Board Chair Devaron Yates thanking all for their continued support of PRH.

PaperCity: Houston’s Famed Project Row Houses Celebrate a Major Milestone

Full article by Mathew Ramirez and Catherine Anspon

What: Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala

Where: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park

PC Moments: Commemorating a quarter-century mixing community development and showcasing cutting-edge and/or emerging talent, Project Row Houses toasted to its 25th anniversary with more than 270 supporters and devotees in attendance. PRH’s innovative concept — co-founded by Rick Lowe  who has been recognized with a MacArthur “Genius” Grant for birthing Row Houses — has seen the nonprofit climb from humble beginnings in the Third Ward to the front of Houston’s art scene, while garnering respect nationally and across the pond. (For more about PRH’s 25-year ascent, read PaperCity‘s exclusive profiles with three women who steer it now, here.)