PaperCity: Houston’s Most Successful Community Experiment — the Real Story of Project Row Houses And the Three Wonder Women Charged With Keeping the Magic Going

Full article by Catherine Anspon


The Torch is Passed

Meet three women who are propelling Project Row Houses forward. Our Q&A with executive director Eureka Gilkey, curator and programs director Ryan N. Dennis, and 2018 UH CASE + PRH Fellow Regina Agu follows, a PaperCity exclusive.

Houston Matters: Full Show: Early Voting, and Flu Vaccine Effectiveness (Oct. 23, 2018)

Full Story | TrePhonos Story at 22:40

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: More than 63,000 in-person ballots were cast in Harris County on Monday, a reportedly record-setting turnout for the first day of early voting in the midterm election. With mail-in ballots, 115,601 votes have been cast in Harris County so far. A local political scientist weighs in on voter turnout so far.

Also this hour: This year’s flu vaccine should be about 20 percent effective, according to tests from Rice University bioengineer Dr. Michael Deem, who joins us to discuss how the vaccine works and who should get it.

And we learn about an art project that’s bringing pay phones back.

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