Project Row Houses and UH’s Center for Art & Social Engagement Announce 2018 Fellows

Center for Art & Social Engagement_primary-blk.png
PRH logo.PNG

Media Contact
Michael McFadden

Project Row Houses and UH’s Center for Art & Social Engagement
Announce 2018 Fellows

Houston, TX – January 31, 2018 – Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts are proud to announce the artists participating in the 2018 CASE-PRH Fellowship: Houston-based artist Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat, a PhD candidate at the University of Oklahoma.

The CASE-PRH Fellowship was created to invite artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them.

Agu and Gulilat will receive mentorship from project administrators Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art and Social Engagement, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH's Curator and Programs Director.  Local artists, faculty members, community members and selected leaders will offer their support during this process.

"The pilot year of the fellowship was an incredible experience," said Dennis. "It was amazing to watch Carrie and Carol's research and projects develop over the course of 2017, and I'm eager to work with Eyakem and Regina in the year to come."

Upon completion of the fellowship's pilot year, applications were accepted from over 60 local, national, and international artists and collectives. The applications were reviewed by a panel consisting of Dennis and Wagan; Eureka Gilkey, PRH Executive Director; Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, artist and UH lecturer; and Deidre Thomas, Grants + Capacity Building Coordinator at the Houston Arts Alliance.

"The first year of the fellowships and this last round of applications demonstrate a significant investment and excitement toward what artists bring to the equitable growth of our communities," stated Wagan. "We are thrilled that the partnership between PRH and CASE contributes to the growing reputation of Houston as an epicenter of responsive and responsible, community-centered creative practices."

At the conclusion of their fellowships, the two will also present lectures/performances that encapsulate their year of research. We hope you will join us at the Project Row Houses from 11:30 – 1 on February 21 for a pot-luck lunch and for artist talks at 6:30 as we introduce the fellows, their previous work, and questions that will guide their research in the upcoming year.

Full Press Release (PDF)

Project Row Houses commissions Nathaniel Donnett for second iteration of temporary public art initiative Project/Site

Media Contact
Michael McFadden

Project Row Houses commissions Nathaniel Donnett for second iteration of temporary public art initiative Project/Site

Houston, TX – January 23, 2018 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce the second iteration of our commission-based program Project/Site. Project/Site is a public art initiative conceived by Curator and Programs Director Ryan N. Dennis in which PRH interrogates the urban landscape of Third Ward by working with artists who explore the history and culture of the neighborhood while expanding their artistic practice outside of the studio and into the social context.

For the 2018 iteration, PRH has commissioned two issues of What's the New News by artist and organizer Nathaniel Donnett. What’s The New News is a collaboration amongst creatives and the community that speaks to the importance of the neighborhood, artists, writers, and literacy. Through this project, Donnett seeks to interrupt the everyday with the everyday by asking the community to rethink how objects, art, and information are involved in their daily lives.

"At the core of PRH is the belief that art does more than create; it ignites dialogue and allows us to see the world in a new way," said Dennis. "We're ecstatic to have Nathaniel leading the second commission of Project/Site because he consistently asks his audience to reconsider their view of art and its role in their lives."

Artists selected by Donnett will transform newspaper racks into public art to be placed at important valued landmarks in the Third Ward community. Issues of What's The New News available in the racks will take the form of articles, experimental writing, raps, and poetry, penned by creatives active in the Third Ward and Houston arts community.

Participating writers include Julia Brown, Ciaràn Finlayson, Lindsay Gary, John Pluecker, Dr. Andrea Roberts, Jean Sebastien, Charisse Pearlina Weston, and Carol Zou. Donnett will also collaborate with artists Ashura Bayyan, Jeanette Degollado, Brian Ellison, Phillip Pyle II, and Monica Villarreal to construct the newspaper racks.

We hope you will join us at PRH for the release of these issues on Saturday, January 27, 2018 and March 24, 2018 at Noon where Donnett will lead a walking tour of the newsstand locations with the writers and artists.

What's The New News is presented with generous support from the Surdna Foundation.

Issues of What's the New News are available at the following locations:

Project Row Houses
2521 Holman Street

Doshi House
3419 Emancipation Avenue

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center
3815 Live Oak Street

Emancipation Community Center
3018 Emancipation Avenue

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street

About Nathaniel Donnett
Nathaniel Donnett lives and works in Houston, Texas and studied at Texas Southern University. Donnett is the founder of the website "Not That But This". He is the recipient of two Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grants in 2015 and 2011, two Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grants in 2017 and 2011, a 2015 Houston Downtown Vehicular Wayfinding Signs Project public art commission, a 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant, , and a 2010 Artadia Award. He’s exhibited at The Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas, The American Museum in Washington, DC, The Kemper Contemporary Arts Museum in Kansas City, MO, The Theresa Hotel in Harlem, NY, the Harvey B Gantt Art Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC, The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, in Houston, Texas at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and Texas Southern University Museum, The New Museum, New York, NY, The National Museum and The Modern Museum of Peru in Lima, Peru.

About Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. We engage neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities. Learn more at

Programming at Project Row Houses is generously supported by The Brown Foundation; Bruner Foundation Inc.; Chevron; Communities Foundation of Texas; James V. Derrick, Jr.; John R. Eckels, Jr. Foundation; Fareed and Paula Zakaria Foundation; First Unitarian Universalist Church; Houston Endowment Inc.; The Kinder Foundation; The Lewis Family Foundation; Marc Melcher; John P. McGovern Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation; Sara and Bill Morgan; National Endowment for the Arts; Picnic; Louisa S. Sarofim; South Texas Charitable Foundation; Southern Methodist University; Surdna Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; and a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.  

PDF Version

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

For Immediate Release

Project Row Houses Highlights Revitalization and Preservation Efforts of Third Ward's Emancipation Economic Development Council in Round 47

Opening + Free Market Square | Saturday, October 14, 2017 4-7pm
Viewing Period | October 14, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Houston, TX – September 27, 2017 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is proud to present its 47th Round of installations, collectively titled The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward, in the Art Houses of Holman Street. The Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC) was formed in the face of uncertainty. Threatened by gentrification and the loss of their history and culture, a coalition of churches, nonprofits, community development corporations, business owners, artists, and residents joined forces to inspire hope and contribute to the revitalization and preservation of the Third Ward.

"PRH spearheaded the formation of the EEDC because we sensed that the redevelopment of our community was at a tipping point," said Eureka Gilkey, Executive Director of Project Row Houses. "It has been incredible to witness the collective and creative efforts of our residents and community leaders, all working to build an inclusive revitalized community and preserve its historic legacy."

The Act of Doing amplifies the questions posed by the EEDC – questions of place, displacement, ownership, and creative community organizing - while documenting its formation and early impact on the community through a timeline installation and an interactive space capturing the stories ignored in the gentrification process. While these houses are dedicated to the EEDC's journey, several installations will house a poetic exchange between local artists and the vision of the Council.

"The art houses are a beautiful way for us to elevate the conversation around the work happening at a level localized specifically to the Third Ward," said Curator and Programs Director Ryan N. Dennis. "This Round highlights the exchange between artists, the EEDC, and the community as a marriage of poetics and fundamentals, utilized as a means of engagement."

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

PRH hopes that this Round will be seen as an opportunity to raise awareness of community-led revitalization efforts in communities like Third Ward, what it means to truly engage a community in these efforts, and how their history and culture can be preserved in an evolving city like Houston. “The EEDC is determined to prove that the people and institutions that have historically defined a place can be leveraged as assets to build a thriving community,” stated Assata Richards, Vice Chair of the EEDC and Director of Sankofa Research Institute.

Please join PRH and the EEDC on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 4-7pm as we open the installations of Round 47 to the public. 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.

Full Release (PDF)

About Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Learn more at

About Emancipation Economic Development Council

Emancipation Economic Development Council is an organized, informed and engaged collaborative of faith-based organizations, nonprofits, community development corporations, businesses, local government entities and other stakeholders with a mission to inspire hope and contribute to the revitalization and preservation of the historic Third Ward. For more information, visit

Programming at Project Row Houses is generously supported by The Brown Foundation; Bruner Foundation Inc.; Chevron; Communities Foundation of Texas; James V. Derrick, Jr.; John R. Eckels, Jr. Foundation; Fareed and Paula Zakaria Foundation; First Unitarian Universalist Church; Houston Endowment Inc.; Joan Hohlt & Roger Wich Foundation; Hasty Johnson; The Kinder Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; The Lewis Family Foundation; Marc Melcher; John P. McGovern Foundation; the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation; Sara and Bill Morgan; National Endowment for the Arts; Nightingale Code Foundation; Betty Pecore and Howard Hilliard; Picnic; The Simmons Foundation Inc.; Luisa Strode Sarafim; South Texas Charitable Foundation; Southern Methodist University; Surdna Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

The Idea Fund Round Ten

Info Sessions and Jurors
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6
Direct Grants to Artists

Application deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017
Online application portal and information:
Funding levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000)
Geographic eligibility: The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, or Montgomery.

Wednesday, September 6, 6 – 8pm
Rec Room
100 Jackson Street #130C, Houston, TX 77002

Tuesday, October 17, 7 – 9pm
Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett St., Houston, TX 77098 
Monday, October 30, 6 – 8pm
MECA (Multicultural and Education Counseling through the Arts)
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

Wednesday, November 1, 6 – 8 pm
Galveston Artist Residency
2521 Ships Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX 77550

Emanuelee Outspoken Bean, Artist, Round Nine Idea Fund Awardee
Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 11th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken-word in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their region and grabbed the 8th place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI ’08). Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Houston Grand Opera. He also coached Miami’s youth poetry slam team, Tiger-tail WordSpeak. He serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach, and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project under Writers in the Schools (WITS) that work with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance.

Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans
Hamilton, cultural practitioner and serial entrepreneur, has worked at the heart of art, healing, food security and education to help build sustainable communities for the past 20 years. Hamilton, a native New Orleanian, was appointed Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in 2013. She directs the artist-in-residence program, community engagement strategies, public programs, and operational systems. Additionally, Hamilton was the lead director on the ground to implement the re-development at the Joan Mitchell Center that involved historic renovation of six buildings as well as the construction of a new studio building. Hamilton sits on the board of Alliance for Artist Communities, Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Museum, and New Orleans Video Access Center. In addition to her work at the Joan Mitchell Center, she founded Afrofuture Society in 2015, an online platform for the arts community of African descent, which provides opportunities for visibility and communication across disciplines throughout the arts ecosystem.

John Rasmussen, Director, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
Rasmussen is the founder and director of Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis, MN. Throughout the past 16 years he has developed over 100 exhibitions, initiated Midway’s publicly accessible contemporary art research library, and organized public programs including artist lectures, symposiums, screenings, book launches, and performances. He has served as a juror for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia and Artadia in New York, and has participated in panels at institutions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota, and Palais de Tokyo. Rasmussen received an MFA in sculpture from the University of California at Davis.

Liz Rodda, Artist, Associate Professor Texas Sate University, San Marcos
Rodda is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Her work involves investing found materials, primarily video, with meanings unintended by the original maker. She has been invited to screen and exhibit her work at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami; Artpace, San Antonio; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; and the Anthology Film Archives, New York. Since joining the faculty at Texas State University she has initiated and headed Expanded Media, a new area of specialization within the Studio Art Program. Encompassing theory and practice, Expanded Media is an interdisciplinary approach to art making that includes, but is not limited to, video/sound, performance, socially engaged projects, and site-specific installation.

The Idea Fund is part of the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program reaches a sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and supports their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The eleven re-granting programs, developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco provide grants of up to $7,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work. Together this network of programs has funded more than 350 projects over ten years.
Rachel Cook, DiverseWorks Curator / 713.223.8346
Twitter: @theideafund
Instagram: @theideafund

The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.