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.

Houston Chronicle: The Third Ward's fight to manage gentrification

Full article by Leah Binkovitz

The role these groups could play crystallized for Eureka Gilkey, executive director of Project Row Houses, when the community-based, non-profit arts organization began working with the Emancipation Economic Development Council and a group of architecture and planning students and professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year. The team determined that the churches, non-profits and public entities in the area owned roughly a quarter of the land in Third Ward.

“We’re definitely at a critical point,” Gilkey said, of the large portion of property owned by public entities and nonprofits. “Developers and funders are looking at this and seeing this is a game-changer.” And the community is beginning to see a way to hold on to their neighborhood.

“When we talk to other cities about the work that has already been done,” she said, “they’re amazed.”

Houston Chronicle: Regina Agu gets the drift at Project Row Houses

Full article by Molly Glentzer

Regina Agu's minimal and elegant "Sargassum" installation at Project Row Houses quietly consumes the single-room space at 2511 Holman with an 80-foot curtain that wraps around three walls, containing a panoramic photographic print of a grass-lined beach.

The title hints that this isn't just an inventive way to display a landscape: Sargassum is the genus of brown seaweed that Galveston visitors know all too well.

The image is printed on billboard vinyl, a material that's also used to advertise seaside attractions. It depicts four experimental sand dunes Texas A&M environmental scientists built on East Beach after the massive seaweed invasion of 2014, studying ways to use the invasive plants as a tool for slowing erosion.


Full article by Dana Robinson 

This would probably have come as no surprise to Rick Lowe if he had been watching. Almost 25 years ago Rick had the revolutionary idea that if you expose people to beauty, art, and creativity that you could reach something within the individual spirit and raise the ability to aspire, both for themselves and for others. So, in 1993, along with several other like-minded artists and community activists, he developed Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward. The neighborhood, one of the city’s oldest African American communities, was suffering under the results of high crime and hopelessness at that time.