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
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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.

Summer Studios 2017

Project Row Houses Announces
Summer Studios 2017 Residency and Exhibition

Opening + Community Market | August 12, 2017 | 4-7pm
Viewing Period | August 12 - September 17, 2017

Houston, TX – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce the selected residents and mentor artists of Summer Studios 2017. 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. 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. 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.

“It’s so inspiring to see the creative practices of students from the Houston area,” said Schneider. “I look forward to working with all the students, and I'm really excited to work with Carol and Ryan [N. Dennis] on the mentorship and curriculum program as they develop their work further in Summer Studios.” 

Through critiques with local artists and curators, discussions with the mentors and visits to other local art spaces, the residents will 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. 

“I am excited to work with our Summer Studios artists, whose work exhibits a range of responding to the architectural and social context of Project Row Houses,” Zou added. “Throughout its history, Project Row Houses has been a vital platform for mentoring and showcasing the work of emerging artists and artists of color. I am confident that Summer Studios will be a pivotal experience for the selected artists, who have demonstrated a commitment to challenging and growing their practice.” 

Our 2017 Summer Studios residents are 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), and Heather Wright (Rice University).

The residency will culminate in the exhibition of installations the residents develop. In conjunction with the opening, we will host a community market featuring food and other goods from our community of artists and entrepreneurs. Join us Saturday, August 12 from 4-7pm as we unveil the installations of the seven residents!

Portraits of the 2017 Residents are available here. (All photos by Michael McFadden, Courtesy of Project Row Houses.)

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Project Row Houses Receives $85,000 Grant from the Metabolic Studio

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Project Row Houses Receives $85,000 Grant from the Metabolic Studio

Houston, TX – May 30, 2017 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a grant of $85,000 from the Metabolic Studio.

“Project Row Houses has worked diligently to enrich the community of the Historic Third Ward over the past 24 years,” said Eureka Gilkey, Executive Director of Project Row Houses. “We are grateful that the Metabolic Studio recognizes and supports our continued efforts to preserve and foster cultural richness.”

This unrestricted contribution will be used to provide general operating support that will aid PRH in furthering its mission to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Project Row Houses works to fulfill its mission through programs and initiatives that engage individuals and ideas in a unique, artistic process. These include the Young Mothers Residential Program, which empowers single mothers to achieve independent, self-sufficient lives, and a Public Art Program that provides opportunities for artists to take risks and experiment in their practice while exploring new ways of working outside of the studio.

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 PRH is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Learn more at

About Metabolic Studio
Derived from the Greek word for change, "metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes. Learn more at

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Edra Soto and Gabriel Martinez to Be Part of 2:2:2 Exchange

Presented by Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center

Houston, TX and Chicago, IL – Project Row Houses (PRH) and Hyde Park Art Center are pleased to announce the second iteration of their artist residency exchange program. The initiative, titled 2:2:2 Exchange, features an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. 

The 2:2:2 Exchange sends Chicago-based artist Edra Soto to Project Row Houses in Houston from April 10 - May 26, 2017 and will conclude with Houston-based artist Gabriel Martinez participating in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago from July 13 – August 30, 2017. Additional programming announcements to follow. 

“2:2:2 Exchange offers a transformative opportunity for artists and community-focused institutions in different cities to work together to advance the field of social practice,” said Megha Ralapati, Residency Manager at Hyde Park Art Center. “The empowering, community-based work taking place in Houston is both sympathetic and distinct from what we are doing in Chicago and we believe that each artist will benefit from experiencing these different perspectives.”

This collaboration brings artists who work directly inside communities in socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in the context of a new city. Both Houston and Chicago provide a dynamic, diverse urban space that is rich with artistic engagement. Through the second iteration of this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.

“Creating environments that foster resilient artist networks is central to the mission of both Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center. Through 2:2:2 Exchange, Edra and Gabriel are given the opportunity to diversify their networks and deepen the ways in which they work and collaborate,” said Ryan N. Dennis, Public Art Director at Project Row Houses. “I am excited to see how the artists work together throughout their time in each city.”

Artist Bios:

Gabriel Martinez lives and works in Houston. He graduated with an MFA from Columbia University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program before moving to Houston as a Core Fellow and artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses. He is the director of Alabama Song and a Friend of Angela Davis Park.

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, and most recently the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

About the Organizations:

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.

Hyde Park Art Center

Founded in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities across the city’s diverse landscape in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. 

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