Founders Bus Tours This June!

 Public Art Installation by Jesse Lott at Hermann Park Lake Plaza

Public Art Installation by Jesse Lott at Hermann Park Lake Plaza

June 2, 9, 16, 23
Noon - 3 pm | Departing from 2521 Holman St

$20 | Members
$30 | Non-members

Join Project Row Houses for a bus tour of public art created by the founding artists of PRH. Led by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director, and Jeanette Degollado, Public Art Coordinator, participants will have the opportunity to view works that build upon the backdrop of iconic sites across Houston, including the University of Houston Downtown, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Hermann Park, and more! The tour will feature discussions with Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples, and George Smith, allowing participants to explore and reflect on the founding artists' rich artistic practices.

Please arrive by 11:45am as the tour will begin promptly at Noon. 

LOCAL: Onward and Upward: Strengthening Families at Project Row Houses

 Photography by Collin Kelly

Photography by Collin Kelly

Full article by Beth Levine

The past year has been monumental for the empowerment of women. Can you tell us a little bit about what empowerment means to Project Row Houses (PRH)? Empowerment at Project Row Houses takes many forms. In many cases we are seeking sustainability and creating new ways for people to see themselves and others differently, whether they are artists, young mothers, the residents in our community or small business owners. We support people and their ideas so that they can go on to do the same.

PRH is also responsible for the Young Mothers Residential Program (YMRP), a section of group houses dedicated to single low-income mothers and their children. What led to this much-needed program? Like many of our programs, YMRP developed in response to the needs of the community. The program was designed to foster both independence and interdependence. While we want the mothers and their children to achieve self-sufficiency, we also want them to know that they are part of a community, that they have people there to lean on and that they are there for others to lean on. We all go through hardship, but we don’t have to go through it alone.

How Housing Matters: No One Left Behind: How Placemaking Can Promote Equitable Development

Full article by by Janae Ladet and Kimberly Burrowes

Affordable housing as a strategy

When planning processes include local artists and residents and redevelopment plans reflect an area’s culture and history, displacement is less likely to occur. Several organizations practice placemaking with an emphasis on community engagement, inclusion, and equitable outcomes. One example is Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward. The organization works at the intersection of art and community development.

Displacement and gentrification are about more than housing. Specific groups and longtime residents must be supported and empowered. Project Row Houses saw a need to support single mothers through the Young Mothers Residential Program, which provides housing and other social services to single mothers. Tamika Evans, director of strategic partnerships at Project Row Houses, noted the following: “We learned that there were single mothers in our neighborhood who needed not only housing but a safe space for them and their children to grow—as individuals and as a family…. Through YMRP, we help to foster both independence and interdependence because being part of a community means that you have someone to lean on and that you’re there for others. Women from the program have gone on to pursue doctorates and law degrees or become business owners and community leaders, and some of the greatest success stories are still being told.”

Vendor Opportunity: April 21 | Free Market Square

Free Market Square
every 3rd Saturday
2301 Elgin Street 77004

Free Market Square is a community marketplace in the heart of Third Ward that highlights its culture, entrepreneurship and artistic performance throughout the year.  Free Market Square aims to reignite the historic legacy of our community and add to the strength, vibrancy, and self-determination of the Historic Third Ward.  Our market is free and family-friendly hosting local vendors, arts interactive for children and adults, and live performances by established and up-and-coming performers in music and dance. This market is focused on the sale of local farmers produce, food/drinks, designer products, original goods that are handmade, customized, fair-trade, and vintage resellers.

Vendor Fees

Limited time 35% discount 

Booth | $32
Food Truck | $65

*Registration closes the Friday before the market at 5pm. 

Vendor Guidelines

Please check-in with the VENDOR COORDINATOR, prior to setting up to receive booth space assignment.

  1. Set-up time: 8:00 to 9:45 am. Vendors should be set-up and ready to sell by 10:00 am.
  2. Payment must be received to guarantee a space. Vendors who have not pre-paid can check on space availability on the day of the Market.
  3. Booth space is approximately 10’ x 10’. Tents must be no bigger than 10’x10’ Pop-up Tent.
  4. Vendors must provide ALL that you need to vend. (change, pop-up tent, tables, chairs, lighting, displays, office supplies, flyers, etc.)
  5. Tables, chairs, and other equipment must fit within the 10' x 10' booth space.
  6. Electricity is not available.
  7. Breakdown completion time: 5 pm
  8. FMS is not responsible for merchandise or other belongings left behind.
  9. Food vendors are required to get and provide a Temporary Food Permit and follow City of Houston Health Dept regulations see