Founding Director and Executive Director

Photo courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Photo courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Photo courtesy Project Row Houses.

Photo courtesy Project Row Houses.

Project Row Houses Announces Eureka Gilkey as Executive Director and Rick Lowe’s New Role as Founding Director

Houston, TX – April 14, 2015 – Project Row Houses (PRH), a community-based nonprofit arts organization that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is excited to announce the naming of Founder Rick Lowe as Founding Director. After 20 years of working tirelessly with PRH and community arts organizations across the globe, Lowe threw his hat in the ring to officially lead the organization that he started with six other artists in 1993. This shift into organizational leadership comes on the heels of Lowe’s appointment by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts and his subsequent entrance into the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows, otherwise deemed the “MacArthur Genius Grant.”

“Rick feels, and the Board of Directors agrees, that he is well-poised in his career to really use his recognition and reputation to take PRH into the next chapter of its history,” said Board President Andrew Speckhard. 

To assist Lowe in this new role, PRH has also named Eureka Gilkey, who is leaving her expansive career in Washington, D.C, where she served in the Obama Administration, to join PRH in Houston’s Third Ward, as Executive Director. With her, Gilkey brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization, including over a decade of experience in development, activism, outreach and community relations. “Eureka has been engaged in many impressive projects throughout her career,” Speckhard stated. “She is a quick study, and this opportunity will help push Project Row Houses to the next level.”

 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.

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