Round 47 | The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward 

Opening + Free Market Square
October 14, 2017 | 4-7pm 

Viewing Period
October 14, 2017 – February 11, 2018 

Gentrification is reshaping the social and physical landscape of Third Ward, threatening the future of this historic African American community. In the face of uncertainty, an unprecedented coalition of churches, nonprofits, community development corporations, business owners, artists, and residents formed the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC). Since its founding in 2015, the EEDC has developed a rigorous set of strategies for revitalizing and protecting this historic neighborhood while preserving its rich African American culture.  

The Act of Doing documents this community-led effort and amplifies the questions of place, displacement, ownership, and creative community organizing addressed by the EEDC. Through a poetic exchange between artists and the pillars of the EEDC, PRH hopes to host a conversation about what it means to engage a community-led effort through preserving, revitalizing, with the goal of protecting a place so rich in culture and history in an evolving city like Houston. 

Throughout the duration of Round 47, artists, residents, and community organizers will collaborate to host a series of workshops, events, and direct actions. These events will support the EEDC in achieving its vision for Third Ward, as “a resilient, dynamic, and economically prosperous community where people live, work and thrive in a historically and culturally rich African-American neighborhood.”  

In conjunction with the opening of the Round, Free Market Square will organize a family friendly market with vendors and performers from the Third Ward and communities across Houston.  

Participating artists include Right to Stay/Right to Say (Zeinab Bakhiet, Olutomi Subulade, & Melanie Meleekah Villegas); Brian Ellison; Danielle Fanfair, Harrison Guy, Marlon Hall, & Anthony Suber; Nikita Hodge; Sofia Mekonnen; and Marc Newsome. Round 47 also features Timeline House, designed by Adelle Main. 

Summer Studios 2017

*The Summer Studios installations are currently being deinstalled.*

Summer Studios is a 6-week residency program that introduces seven emerging artists from local colleges and universities to the concepts and lessons of Project Row Houses. Under the mentorship of CotA-PRH Fellows Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou, the 2017 residents will create and exhibit work that responds to, engages and/or reflects the Third Ward community.

Through critiques with local artists and curators, guided discussions with the mentors and visits to other local art spaces, the residents learn to blend their practices into a social context that extends outside of the studio to ignite dialogues and help us see ourselves and others differently. Through this program, we hope to share our knowledge and continue PRH's tradition of fostering a positive, creative environment within the neighborhood that enriches lives and honors culture and history.

2017 Residents
Colby Deal, University of Houston
Barbara Gamiz, University of St. Thomas
Maureen Lax, University of Houston
LeAirre Morris, Texas Southern University
Luis Parra, Houston Community College
Faith Schwartz, Texas Southern University
Heather Wright, Rice University

A community market will be held in conjunction with the opening on August 12. Join us as we unveil the artists' installations and peruse goods from our community of vendors!

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2017 residents on the porch of 2509 Holman, Top (L-R): Luis Parra, Maureen Lax, Barbara Gamiz, Colby Deal; Bottom (L-R): Faith Schwartz, LeAirre Morris, Heather Wright; Photo by Alex Barber