This evening, March 14, and Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30-8pm, Project Row Houses (PRH) will host two Wikipedia edit-a-thons. The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart which, in its 10-year existence, has sought to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. BLT invites the the public to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists of the African Diaspora.
Along the same vein, PRH and BLT are also holding Black Lunch Table Recording Sessions on Tuesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 17 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The BLT Recording Sessions take “the lunchroom phenomenon as its starting point” (refreshments provided) for dialogue and conversations. Session 1 is open to visual artists and art workers of African descent and will focus on the gathering of collective histories. Session 2 is open to the all and will focus on “the divisions and connections that exist within our community, while also laying out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism.” RSVP for the BLT events here.
Since 1993, Project Row Houses (PRH) has been presenting its groundbreaking and sustainable combination of art, activism, and community (inspired by the curious and brilliant combo of American artist John Biggers and the German artist Josef Beuys). Now, Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis has conceived a new commissioned-based program called Project/Site, working with artists who explore the history and culture of the neighborhood while expanding their practices beyond the studio, into the streets. This has happened before in the Third Ward, both within and without the support of PRH, but if this truly turns out to be an ongoing program, it is set in a community very rich in history and culture.
The inaugural commission of Project/Site will see Houston-based art collective Otabenga Jones & Associates realize OJBKFM Radio, a temporary outdoor community radio station broadcasted from the back of 1959 pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville originally commissioned by Creative Time in 2014. The mobile station will energize the Dowling Street Corridor. Once the booming and beating heart of Third Ward, Dowling Street was the concourse of successful businesses and social clubs, Black Nationalists and pan-Africanists, churches, and community centers.