A Special Message from Our Executive Director

Today is my birthday – and you may or may not know this about me, but I love birthdays.

They provide a chance for each of us to reflect on the past year, celebrate everything we’ve accomplished, and to look forward to the new year we’ve been blessed with.

We started out this year with a distinct focus on showcasing our 25-year history and honoring the seven visionary artists who founded Project Row Houses (PRH). I am so grateful to spend every day building on the legacy of these inspirational, innovative, and creative change agents. They had a vision that art and creativity could be an engine for social transformation in our historic and culturally rich neighborhood, and it’s an honor to continue to carry this work forward. Thank you for joining me on this extraordinary journey!

I want to personally invite you to reflect and celebrate with me. Take an intimate look back through our miraculous 25 years by purchasing your own copy of our first ever publication, Collective Creative Actions: PRH at 25available here on our website. I’d also love for you to join us this Friday in the historic Eldorado Ballroom for our annual holiday membership reception, Cocktails in the Ballroom. You can reserve your spot today at bit.ly/prhholiday.

In solidarity and gratitude,

Eureka Gilkey

Executive Director

See You There!

Snapshots of my Personal Highlights from Our 25th Anniversary Year

Clockwise from upper left:

Img. 1 – People dancing in Holman Street at our Round 48 Opening and Block Party

Img. 2 – Black Girl Magic from the opening panel at our Social Justice.Social Practice Symposium. L – R: Pat Jordan from Kansas City; Irfana Jetha Noorani from DC; Danielle Burns Wilson in Houston; moderated by myself, Eureka Gilkey

Img. 3 – Our incomparable 25th Anniversary Gala Chairs, Roslyn Bazzelle and Derrick Mitchell

Img. 4 –the 16 high schoolers from our community we took to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, visiting the Yard at my alma mater, Howard University

Img. 5 – Yumnah Evans at CommuniTea, where we honored the early champions of our ground-breaking Young Mothers Residential Program

Local Magazine: SCENE | Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala

WHAT: Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala
WHERE: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park

On Thursday, November 1, more than 270 of Project Row Houses’ (PRH) most dedicated supporters gathered for the organization’s 25th Anniversary Gala at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park.

Guests mingled as they enjoyed live music from the Texas Southern University Jazz Quartet and strolled through the art auction, bidding on showcased works from PRH’s community of artists. Soon after, guests were seated for the dinner in the Celebration Garden and were welcomed by Eureka Gilkey, PRH Executive Director. The gracious fall feast featured harvest salad, roasted salmon farro risotto, and lemon custard, specially prepared by Third Ward Chef Shakti Baum of Etta’s Kitchen, with generous support from Levy Convention Centers. PRH also presented a short video highlighting the progress made over the past 25 years with Gilkey expanding upon key moments. The dinner closed with Board Chair Devaron Yates thanking all for their continued support of PRH.

PaperCity: Houston’s Famed Project Row Houses Celebrate a Major Milestone

Full article by Mathew Ramirez and Catherine Anspon

What: Project Row Houses’ 25th Anniversary Gala

Where: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and Celebration Gardens at Hermann Park

PC Moments: Commemorating a quarter-century mixing community development and showcasing cutting-edge and/or emerging talent, Project Row Houses toasted to its 25th anniversary with more than 270 supporters and devotees in attendance. PRH’s innovative concept — co-founded by Rick Lowe  who has been recognized with a MacArthur “Genius” Grant for birthing Row Houses — has seen the nonprofit climb from humble beginnings in the Third Ward to the front of Houston’s art scene, while garnering respect nationally and across the pond. (For more about PRH’s 25-year ascent, read PaperCity‘s exclusive profiles with three women who steer it now, here.)

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.