Project Row Houses Hosting Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23

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Project Row Houses Hosting Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23

Part of the PRH 25th Anniversary Celebration, bus tour offers an inside look at several public art works created by PRH founders

Project Row Houses (PRH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities through engagement, art and direct action, is hosting a series of Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23 as part of its year-long 25th anniversary celebration.

The tour, led by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director, and Jeanette Degollado, Public Art Coordinator, will take participants on a journey to view works that build upon the backdrop of iconic sites across Houston. Stops include the University of Houston-Downtown, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Hermann Park and more.

Joining the tour are some of the legendary founding artists themselves, including Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples and George Smith. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and reflect on the founding artists' rich artistic practices through a compelling discussion.

Now in its 25th year, PRH was a thought experiment conceived by an extraordinary group of artists who have been active in the Houston community, especially the Third Ward, for decades. The bus tours are a part of PRH’s year-long celebration for this milestone anniversary.

To learn more about the remainder of the special events and activities planned, please visit: https://projectrowhouses.org/press-releases/project-row-houses-celebrates-its- 25th-anniversary

WHERE:
Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004

WHEN:
Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018
Arrive by 11:45 a.m.
Tour from 12 – 3 p.m.

TICKETS: Member tickets are $20 and guest tickets are $30. To purchase your tickets, please visit: https://projectrowhouses.org/news/founders-bus-tours-this-june

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ABOUT PROJECT ROW HOUSES (PRH)

PRH is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. It engages neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.

PRH occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African- American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The PRH model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.

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Project Row Houses celebrates its 25th Anniversary 

PRH Turns 25
Project Row Houses celebrates its 25th Anniversary 

Houston, TX - February 5, 2018 - Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce that 2018 is its 25th Anniversary. Project Row Houses was founded with a mission to be the catalyst for the transformation of community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture. While the heart of this mission remains at the core of our work, Project Row Houses has always been adaptive and responsive to our ever-changing neighborhood. PRH’s roots remain deeply planted in the Historic Third Ward community. 

“We have so much to celebrate as we continue our work in this historic community,” said Eureka Gilkey, executive director. “We also see this milestone as an important opportunity to pause, take stock, and renew our vision for the future.”

Over the past two decades, PRH has become an international model for artists and communities to address their needs for historic preservation and community enrichment. PRH is excited and proud to share its new mission statement: We empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art, & direct action. 

Going forward, PRH has also embraced a new look - one that aligns with the vision and direction of the organization while paying homage to its founding principles. With the development of projects like Trans.Lation: Vickery Meadow in Dallas, TX, and Victoria Square Project in Athens, Greece, the PRH model is tested and active, empowering individuals and communities through collective creativity and establishing sustainable opportunities. 

Join Project Row Houses as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a series of events that highlights the history and culture of the organization as well as the individuals who have made the past 25 years possible. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit projectrowhouses.org/anniversary. 

25th Anniversary Activities

Athens Tour | April 26-30

Experience the PRH model on a global scale as we set off to Athens, Greece and visit the newly established Victoria Square Project. Guided by 2014 MacArthur Fellow and PRH Founding Director Rick Lowe, we'll see how Athenian artists have applied the PRH model to a community of refugees in need of a catalyst for empowerment.  

CommuniTea with YMRP | May 6

To celebrate and commemorate the women of PRH - the legacy of female leadership, contributions, and community - don your hat, sandals, sundresses, and seersucker suits for an afternoon of fun, celebration, and treats! Purchase tickets at bit.ly/teawithymrp

Founders Bus Tours | June 2, 9, 16, 22

Join us for a tour of public art created by the founding artists of PRH. Led by the PRH staff, this tour will feature discussions with founders Jesse Lott, Bert Samples, and George Smith as participants explore and reflect on their rich artistic practices. 

Screenings with MFAH | July 13-15

PRH will collaborate with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to showcase filmmakers of color as we screen works that act as extensions of Black Life, explore various means of building community, and illustrate how art is subtly interweaved into everyday life. 

 

DC Trip | August 2-5

Journey with PRH to the US capital for a special tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which houses a permanent display on Project Row Houses as well as work by founding artist Floyd Newsum. We will also be bringing 10 students from the neighborhood so that they can experience the museum and see themselves in the history. 

Symposium | September 7-8

This thought-provoking symposium examines the intersection of art and community as well as the founding principles of Project Row Houses and the practices of socially engaged artists. Artists, curators, and organizers will come together to explore the issues that face contemporary art, the Third Ward and other, similarly marginalized communities. 

Round 48 Opening + Block Party | October 13 

Round 48 will investigate the storied connection between artists and activism within contemporary art. In conjunction with the opening, we'll be hosting a block party that spans our expansive site with fun games, great food, and amazing performances.

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

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Michael McFadden
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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.

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

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Michael McFadden
mmcfadden@projectrowhouses.org
713-526-7662


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 projectrowhouses.org.

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.  

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