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.)


Full article by Dana Robinson 

This would probably have come as no surprise to Rick Lowe if he had been watching. Almost 25 years ago Rick had the revolutionary idea that if you expose people to beauty, art, and creativity that you could reach something within the individual spirit and raise the ability to aspire, both for themselves and for others. So, in 1993, along with several other like-minded artists and community activists, he developed Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward. The neighborhood, one of the city’s oldest African American communities, was suffering under the results of high crime and hopelessness at that time.

The Progress-Index: For struggling neighborhoods, "social sculpture" proves a cure

Full article by Sarah Vogelsong

In 1993, the historic and predominantly African-American Third Ward of Houston, Texas, was facing a host of problems that would not be unfamiliar to Petersburg today: a glut of poor housing, a lack of investment, violence and, with the crack cocaine epidemic surging, drugs.

Within that neighborhood, a block and a half of 22 shotgun-style houses was identified by community leaders as the worst of the worst and was targeted for demolition.

Initially, local artist Rick Lowe agreed with them — but as he spent more time in the area, his views began to shift. He started to notice the people who lived there and the subtle architectural details of the houses, the way in which they reminded him of the murals of Hampton University-educated John Biggers, a major figure in the African American art community.

CBCnews: Gentrification expert sees challenges, opportunity in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood

Rick Lowe says he learned a lot from his recent trip to Saskatoon.

Earlier this week, the artist and former MacArthur fellow gave a lecture on gentrification at the Roxy Theatre. Lowe is best known for Project Row Houses, an art/social enterprise project in Houston, Texas that bought and renovated a number of run-down homes and turned them into art exhibition spaces and housing for artists

Now, Lowe has turned his attention to Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood, an area that has seen massive changes as high-income condos have displaced low-income apartment housing.