New York Times: In Houston, an Original Juneteenth Celebration Site Reborn

Full article by Michael Hardy

Even before the park reopened, a number of businesses catering to the neighborhood’s newest residents had appeared. Across the street from the park, below the old Eldorado Ballroom, are the Crumbville, TX bakery, which sells vegan cookies and brownies, and the NuWaters food co-op. A few blocks down Emancipation Avenue, Doshi House serves sustainably sourced coffee and vegetarian meals. (Emancipation Avenue used to be called Dowling Street, after a local Confederate officer; the Houston City Council voted in January to change the name.)

Houston Chronicle: Emancipation Avenue a home for economic dreams in Third Ward

Full article by Andrea Rumbaugh

Similarly, the Emancipation Economic Development Council and Project Row Houses announced in January that they received $460,000 from the Kinder Foundation. The money was earmarked for seven projects, including a wealth-building symposium, affordable-housing initiatives and a neighborhood cleanup team ahead of Emancipation Park's grand reopening.

Project Row Houses is a community-based arts and culture nonprofit group. Its Artist Rounds program opens houses for artists to display their work, and a recent round included small business owners. Russell, with Crumbville, teamed up with artist Anthony Suber to create an art installation that was a bakery popup shop. It was open for four months.

That was the first time Russell's business had a physical location. After the event, Project Row Houses asked Russell to join its business incubation program. She opened Crumbville, selling her E-dub-a-licious Treats, on Oct. 8.

Vendor Opportunity with EEDC: Free Market Square

Free Market Square is a temporary outdoor shopping and live entertainment market centrally located in Houston's Historic Third Ward.

From the newly renovated Emancipation Park to the newly renamed Emancipation Avenue - Free Market Square is here to add to the vibrancy and energy of strength and empowerment in Third Ward. We invite you to join us during our weekend concerts and vendor markets as we recreate the legacy that once belonged to the area as a thriving Black business district in Houston. Free Market Square is a free and family-friendly event curated in a space that encourages community, economic development, and growth.

Continue to follow the market at and on Instagram as they provide updates for our Free Market Square Live weekend kick-off happening Friday, June 16th from 4pm-8pm and Saturday, June 17th from 12pm-8pm

Interested in participating at Free Market Square Market? Follow the link below for Vendor FAQs and the vendor application.

Questions? Email

Glasstire: Project Row Houses Receives $85,000 Grant

Full article by Glasstire

Houston’s Project Row Houses has announced that it has been awarded an $85,000 grant from the California-based non-profit Metabolic Studio. Eureka Gilkey, PRH’s executive director, stated:

Project Row Houses has worked diligently to enrich the community of the Historic Third Ward over the past 24 years. We are grateful that the Metabolic Studio recognizes and supports our continued efforts to preserve and foster cultural richness.

The unrestricted grant will go towards maintaining PRH’s general operating costs which sustains programs like the Young Mothers Residential Program and the organization’s Public Art Program. Recent PRH initiatives include the second round of the 2:2:2 residency exchange program, and the organization’s fellowship program in partnership with the University of Houston’s McGovern College of the Arts.

YMRP Applications Re-opened

Download the application here. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017. 

About the Young Mothers Program

The purpose of YMRP is to assist low-income single mothers and their children in achieving independent, self-sufficient lives. Through this program, PRH provides a culturally rich environment in which residents develop healthy, holistic living practices and cultivate a sense of positive energy and self-worth that will guide them in becoming empowered, self-confident, nurturing women, mothers, daughters, companions, and employees. 

YMRP is geared towards young mothers with ambition and goals for themselves and for each member of their family, who believe they will benefit from a structured program. The goals of the program are to strengthen the self in the following key areas:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Career Development
  • Financial Management
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Emotional/Physical/Spiritual Awareness
  • Relationship Building

Program Requirements

To be eligible for YMRP, applicants must:

  • Be a single mother between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • Have physical custody of at least one (1) of their children under the age of 17.
  • Have all children enrolled and regularly attending a public/private school and daycare classes.
  • Be employed either part-time or full-time.
  • Have income documented by independent sources such as Social Security, pay stubs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps award letters, etc. and must be current at the time of admission.
  • Be pursuing their education either part-time or full-time in two or four-year college or university and/or accredited training program (welding, cosmetology, CNA). 
  • Be in good academic standing with the college or university she is currently attending and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 both for the semester and overall.
  • Honor YMRP schedule program commitments, including weekly meetings, programs and volunteer opportunities that support a year-long focus on self, family, and community growth.
  • Be willing to interview with the YMRP Committee members and program staff.
  • Provide a current, official transcript at the time of the interview. 
  • Project Row Houses cannot accept women who are pregnant or suffering from mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction into YMRP.