Meet Maria!

Lead Artist of Victoria Square Project

April 26 - 30, 2018

Meet Maria Papadimitriou! Maria is the native Athenian artist who developed and launched Victoria Square Project with Rick Lowe for documenta 14. As an artist, Maria is known for her ability to examine participatory projects and collective actions that highlight the cross-section of art and social reality. 

Get to know Maria as you tour Victoria Square Project with Founding Director Rick Lowe to see how Athenian artists have applied the PRH model to a community of refugees relocated to Greece. 

We'll also be visiting her project Souzy Tros, a collaborative community space that seeks to weave people together through an open embrace of diverse communities!

Secure your spot today by making a deposit of $1000, and be sure not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Registration includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, exclusive artist engagement opportunities and entrance to cultural institutions.  Air travel is not included.

Vendor Opportunity: March 17 | 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

Free Yoga Near Me: Community Starts with You

Full post by Sweet T

During an event hosted by Project Row Houses titled Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, an art exhibit centered around the health and wellbeing of black women, Letty had the opportunity to share her knowledge of yoga and meditation at no cost. Through this experience, she saw a community in need, and has since partnered up with Project Row Houses to provide free yoga to Houston's 3rd ward on a regular basis. 

"It is the most rewarding experience for me because we are out there on the block for the whole world to see us building community and building community HEALTH! There are people who come from all walks of life, ages, shapes, and backgrounds. It is an honor to bear witness to other peoples practice,  to make new friends, and to see both familiar and new faces at each gathering." -L.C.

Houston Matters: How Gentrification Of Houston’s Third Ward Is Impacting Community Culture

Full panel with Houston Matters

Houston’s Third Ward has undergone an evolution of sorts over the last decade. Development has displaced some of the historically black neighborhood’s longtime residents, leading to a now years-long debate over how to invest in the area without making such sweeping changes that the Third Ward loses its historic identity and culture.

News 88.7 has been following and reporting on this debate over the years, talking with residents, elected officials, developers, and nonprofits about revitalization efforts.

Today, Houston Matters welcomes three guests who understand this ongoing challenge from different perspectives. Eureka Gilkey is the executive director of Project Row Houses, a Third Ward non-profit which combines activism with art. Dr. Jeffrey Lowe is an associate professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University. And Dr. Assata Richards is the director of the Sankofa Research Institute and vice chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Council.

Our conversation is part of Houston Public Media’s Legacies initiative, in partnership with Houston’s historically black universities, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.

Journey with Us to Athens!

Experience the PRH model on a global scale as we set off to Athens, Greece and visit the newly established Victoria Square Project. Guided by 2014 MacArthur Fellow and PRH Founding Director Rick Lowe, we'll see how Athenian artists have applied the PRH model to a community of refugees in need of a catalyst for empowerment.   

In Athens, we will tour Victoria Square, visit the studios of local artists, and participate in unique experiences and workshops that have developed through this social sculpture. Registration for this trip is priced at $2500 per person and includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, exclusive artist engagement opportunities and entrance to cultural institutions.  Air travel is not included.

Registration will increase to $3000 on March 1, 2018. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!   

To hold your space, you may make a nonrefundable deposit of $1000. Full payment must be made by Friday, March 23. For more information, contact McKenzie Watson at 713-526-7662 or by email,  


- What to Expect* -   

Introduction to Victoria Square Project (VSP)

Meals hosted by Athenian artists

Guided tours of museums and art spaces

A visit to community-based art project Souzy Tros
with Maria Papadimitriou

Studio visits with Athenian artists

A visit to the Acropolis

the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion


*This list is subject to change and will be updated as needed.