Glasstire: Project Row Houses Announces Summer Studios Residents

Houston’s Project Row Houses (PRH) recently announced the recipients of its 2017 Summer Studiosresidency. The program, which is structured around a six-week-long residency, brings in college and university students and teaches them about the concepts and experiences of PRH. (While this is a great program unto itself, it is also a way to skirt using PRH’s unairconditioned houses as public exhibition spaces during the hot summer months). In this spirit, many of the projects that come out of the Summer Studios program have a community-centered focus. Artists selected for this year’s Summer Studios include:

Colby Deal, University of Houston
Barbara Gamiz, University of St. Thomas
Maureen Lax, University of Houston
LeAirre Morris, Texas Southern University
Luis Parra, Houston Community College
Faith Schwartz, Texas Southern University
Heather Wright, Rice University

Notice: Art Houses on Holman Closed to Public for Summer Studios Residency Period

During the Summer Studios residency period, the Art Houses on Holman Street are not open to the public. We welcome you to visit during our regular hours to walk the PRH site, enjoy our architectural preservation projects, visit our business incubations, or take a tour. Please join us for the opening of Summer Studios installations on Saturday, August 12, after the Art Houses will resume normal hours.

Join us on Thursday, August 10 to hear the artists discuss their installations and on Saturday, August 12 as we open the installations to the public!

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.

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