KGMCA-PRH Fellowship Applications Are Open!

Center for Art and Social Engagement and Project Row Houses have created a fellowship program that invites artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Houston's historic Third Ward community and address issues important to them. 

The two fellows will have a year-long mentorship with project administrators Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH's Curator and Programs Director.  Local artists, faculty members, community members and selected leaders will offer their support during this process. The Fellows will present to the public their research–to-date at the end of their fellowship.  

Benefits of the program include: 

  • a stipend of $15,000,

  • $5,000 project/research budget 

  • a community Brain Trust of local artists, community members, and faculty to advise and ground the project in a local discourse, and

  • for non-Houston Fellows local housing at Project Row Houses with $1,000 in travel support

In return, the fellows are asked to engage our communities – Third Ward, university, artistic, and myriad other – in a process that involves:

  • A public presentation of previous work and Fellowship guiding questions at the beginning of the Fellowship, 

  • Present a public talk/project at the end of residency 

  • Co-organizing a Community Conversation with PRH Curator and Programs Director and CASE Director 

  • Monthly meetings with the program directors

Please submit all materials by November 15, 2018. 

Planned notification of fellowship recipients will occur by December 13.

Please address any questions or points of clarification to:

• Sixto Wagan, Director of the Center for Art and Social Engagement, swagan@uh.edu; 713.743.4281 

• Ryan Dennis, Curator and Programs Director at Project Row Houses, rdennis@projectrowhouses.org, 713.526-7662

Houston Press: Project Row Houses Brings Night Bakery, Pics For Prison Moms and Chill House

Full article by Susie Tommaney


Feeling stressed about 24/7 technology or worried about getting hooked on drugs? Stop by artist Lisa Harris's "House of Practice" installation at Project Row Houses to unplug from social media, chill out with some calming colors, and learn how to "just say no" to Big Pharma.

Harris is one of seven artists participating in Round 48: "Beyond Social Practice" at the shotgun-style Art Houses on Holman. An artist from New Orleans, jackie sumell, hopes to call attention to the fact that 80 percent of incarcerated females are mothers by inviting visitors to plant seedlings and share pictures of that plant's transformation with those mothers through a prisoner-support app.

Arts InSight: WATCH: Pay Phones Re-Appear As Third-Ward Time Capsules

Video by Houston Public Media and Troy Schulze


The pay phone has become a kind of urban artifact. Virtually a whole generation has never even used one. But in Houston’s Third Ward, a group of artists with support from Project Row Houses has collaborated to install three decommissioned payphones that have been turned into audio time capsules, which contain snippets of spoken history, music, and ambient field recordings captured at significant locations in the neighborhood. No coins needed, just pick up the receiver and follow the instuctions. The solar-powered phones — collectively called TréPhonos — have been installed indefinitely, and they’re located at Wolf’s Pawnshop on Emancipation Avenue; at Crumbville Tx., at Elgin and Emancipation, and at Shape Community Center on Live Oak.

This segment aired as part of the program Arts InSight, on Friday, September 14, 8:30pm, on Houston Public Media – TV 8.