Houstonia: Project Row Houses Trains Its Lens on the Third Ward

Full article by Shafaq Patel

WHEN BRIAN ELLISON MOVED FROM TULSA TO HOUSTON EIGHT YEARS AGO, he was in search of a community that felt like home—until he got to the Third Ward. That’s where he found a welcoming community where strangers wave at each other, neighbors know one another, and business owners in establishments like NuWaters Co-Op and Crumbville remember their customers. All of this reminded Ellison of what he had back in Oklahoma, and he said he wanted to show the beauty he experienced in the neighborhood. So, he directed A Day in the Tr3.

His seven-minute film follows a young man named Dominique Elam through the gentrifying Third Ward while capturing scenes of everyday beauty like elders playing dominoes on the porch, a woman dancing in church, and the ubiquitous rubble that piled up after Harvey. He shot the film as part of his artist residency program at Project Row Houses, the storied Third Ward organization that’s used its smattering of row homes as a neighborhood center for museum-quality galleries, affordable housing, a small-business incubator, and more for 25 years.

Solange Supports Sending Students to DC


We are excited to share that due in part to a generous donation made by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles, Project Row Houses has met its fundraising goal to send 12 Third Ward students to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We are very grateful to Solange for her generosity as this gift will help support what will be a transformative experience for our Third Ward youth.

Glasstire: Plan a Trip! Project Row Houses to Lead Smithsonian Tour in D.C. This Summer

Full article on Glasstire

Project Row Houses in Houston is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and part of that year-round celebration includes PRH’s trip to Washington D.C. in August to host a tour of the nation’s capital and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened two years ago. PRH is inviting to public to sign up for an all-inclusive tour package.

Vendor Opportunity: July 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 discount

Booth |  $35  
Food Truck | $65
Booth July & August | $50
Food Truck July & August | $100

*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

Culture, History, and PRH in Washington, DC



PRH Visits DC + Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture! 

August 2-5, 2018

Ticket | $1500

Journey with PRH to Washington, D.C. for a special tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which houses a permanent display on Project Row Houses as well as work by founding artist Floyd Newsum. The group will meet with museum staff for special discussions on the development of the museum and its important role in our nation's history.

We will also visit other iconic sites in the capital, including the 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Portrait Gallery. Please join us as we celebrate PRH's 25th Anniversary and our unique footprint in America's cultural landscape! Registration includes airfare, meals, and hotel. 

Sponsor a Student + send them to DC!

Update: We have reached our goal! THANK YOU to everyone who donated! 

PRH is dedicated to igniting important dialogues for groups and individuals. We help people see themselves and others differently, evidencing new ways to bring people together. 

We are raising $10,000 to take 10 lucky high school students from our community to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Your support lets them see themselves, their history, and their culture represented in this historic institution. Please consider donating today!