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.

Vendor Opportunity: October 13 Block Party!

Round 48 Opening & Block Party 

Project Row Houses
2521 Holman Street 
October 13, 2018 
Noon - 7:00 pm 

In conjunction with the opening of Round 48: Beyond Social Practice and in celebration of PRH's 25th Anniversary, we have partnered with Color Wheel Culture to host a Block Party that spans our site from the art houses to the artist studios at Delia's Lounge and beyond! Join us on October 13, 2018 from Noon to 7:00pm for one of the biggest events in PRH history! Registration for vendors includes 7 hours of activity and access to the PRH site and exposure to a cross-pollinated audience of Houston creatives. 

Vendor Registration 

  • Artist / Non-Food Vendor: $65*

  • Food Vendor: $85**

  • Food Truck: $100**

*Registration includes a $25 non food vendor and $40 food vendor City Concession Fee for a closed street event. 
**All food vendors need a Temporary Food Permit or Food Truck Medallion from CoH Health Department to enter the event.

Vendor Guidelines

Please check-in with the VENDOR COORDINATOR, prior to setting up to receive booth space assignment.

  • Set-up time: 9:00 am to 11:45 am. Vendors should be set-up and ready to sell by 12:00pm.

  • Payment must be received to guarantee a space. NO onsite vendor registration.

  • Booth space is approximately 10’ x 10’. Tents must be no bigger than 10’x10’ Pop-up Tent.

  • Vendors must provide ALL that you need to vend. (change, pop-up tent, tables, chairs, lighting, displays, office supplies, flyers, etc.)

  • Tables, chairs, and other equipment must fit within the 10' x 10' booth space.

  • Electricity is not available.

  • Breakdown completion time: 9 pm

  • Project Row Houses is not responsible for merchandise or other belongings left behind.

  • Food vendors are required to get and provide a Temporary Food Permit and follow City of Houston Health Dept regulations

reClaimed Podcast: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap with Eureka Gilkey

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap with Eureka Gilkey

In part 9 of Redlining & White Noise, Charles Rotramel and Gregg Taylor are on location at Project Row Houses in Houston to talk with Eureka Gilkey about Closing the Racial Wealth Gap. Eureka Gilkey is the Executive Director of Project Row Houses, an innovative organization in the Third Ward, which combines art, community development, and historic cultural representation to offer creative solutions for building economic vibrancy for this redlined neighborhood.

For more information on Project Row Houses, visit

The Rice Thresher: VADA alumnus transforms house into art studio

Full article by Christina Tan

Embedded in Houston’s Third Ward lies Project Row Houses, a group of shotgun houses that includes converted Summer Studios for seven local art students and emerging artists.

This summer, Elizabeth Denton (Duncan ‘18) took on the task of transforming her assigned house into a complete studio and further refining the art skills she developed during her time as a Visual and Dramatic Arts major. Her art, substantial and beautiful, beckons viewers for a closer look when juxtaposed with the repurposed house.

Houstonia: Pay Phones Are About to Make a Third Ward Comeback

Full article by Brittanie Shey

THINK BACK TO THE LAST TIME YOU USED A PAY PHONE. The once-ubiquitous structures have been supplanted by cell phones, but a few remaining booths in the Third Ward will soon find new life as art objects, thanks to Project Row Houses.

Three phone booths, sprinkled across North Third Ward, will feature the voices and sounds of The Tre. The booths have been hacked electronically, and transformed into sculptures through painting and metalwork. Now callers can press buttons 1-9 to hear recordings, or press the star button, zero, or pound sign to record and hear messages from other callers, plus the project’s statement of purpose. The phones create a new kind of connection.