Houston Chronicle: Save arts funding

Full article by Houston Chronicle

Houston's vibrant arts scene is among the top reasons people commit to and love our city, and our city has much to lose from cuts in arts-based funding. These cuts will fall hardest on poor and minority communities, who benefit from subsidized programs that broaden access to arts programming.

Project Row Houses, which has helped revitalize the Third Ward community, expects to receive a combined $67,000 from the NEA and the NEH this year. The nonprofit organization is right now in the middle of a unique collaboration to help a significant portion of the Third Ward gain access to better amenities without pricing out residents.

In addition to art spaces, the organization provides housing for young mothers, tutoring and educational support, a community market, a food co-op and the historic Eldorado Ballroom and Dupree Park, which is located across the street from Project Row Houses.

PaperCity: Houston’s Jazz Church Searches for a Home

Full Article by Catherine Anspon

The entire night feels as uplifting as a Sunday service. We have just had an encounter at The Jazz Church of Houston, a temporary museum and performance venue Malone has carved out on his own dime as part of the latest round of art installations, “Local Impact,” at Project Row Houses. The evening, billed as “Jazz and the Word,” is edged with a touch of community and a sense of the sacred.

Malone is a respected mid-career Houston painter known for his nuanced text works, which bear fragments of words that allude to album covers or the remembered refrains of a jazz song. The visual talent also spins vinyl as a DJ with his own radio show, Mondays (9 am to noon) on the Pacifica station KPFT, 90.1 FM. But it’s with this creation for Row Houses that Malone has reached the next level — and his truest calling, bringing seekers to the altar of jazz — through performers, poets, and prized ephemera preserved from the past.

Just Vibe Houston: JooYoung Choi and Her World at Project Row Houses

Full article by Dana Robinson

Now and then, life offers you the chance to meet an entirely unique individual. Someone who’s story you are confident you’ve never heard before, and who’s view of the world is made up of colors that don’t yet have names. JooYoung Choi is one of those people.

Born in Korea and raised by her adoptive parents in New Hampshire, JooYoung Choi began life with her feet in two worlds. As a child, she was known as Stacy and studied music, voice, and performance art. She starred in variety shows with her mother and was the first Asian to ever play the famous role of Dorothy in Concord, New Hampshire.