Art & Community Engagement 

In the Northern Third Ward neighborhood, it is essential to cultivate independent change agents and focus art and creativity as well as the general well-being and wealth building of the residents in our community. Our mission is to empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art & direct action. Generously funded by Houston Endowment, the Strategic Art Plan works to collaborate with organizations based in the Third Ward to present public art engagement opportunities for the community. 

Below are projects and initiatives supported by PRH through the Strategic Art Plan. 

Yoga with Letty

Artist: Leticia Contreras
Two Saturdays a month
Delia's Lounge / Free Market Square 

Yoga with Letty is a series of free yoga classes led by artist and creative practitioner Leticia Contreras held two Saturdays each month. Leticia will host light-hearted beginner lessons to introduce the community to vinyasa flow in a public space. This style of yoga involves synchronizing breath with a continuous flow of poses. Through this flow, participants will learn how to quiet the mind and bring ease to the body during these tumultuous times while connecting with the community. 

Free Market Square

Organized by Cedric Douglas
every 3rd Saturday
2301 Elgin Street 77004

Free Market Square is a community marketplace in the heart of Third Ward that highlights its culture, entrepreneurship and artistic performance throughout the year. The market aims to reignite the historic legacy of our community and add to the strength, vibrancy, and self-determination of the Historic Third Ward. 

Dear Mama

Artist: Ashura Bayyan
Martin Luther King Community Center
June 3, 2018
On view at PRH through August 12

This project brings together a ceremonial acknowledgement to mothers and their children through a one-day exhibition and features Third Ward vendors, haircuts provided by a Third Ward barber, and performances by local creatives.

Beautiful, Still 

Artist: Colby Deal
Mural installed at the Eldorado Building

The photographic project captures and creates a rendition of the Third Ward community and its landscape. The image will be on view at the Eldorado Building and smaller vignettes will be places around the Third Ward for public interaction.

Third Ward Fresh

Organizers: Nathan Keibler + Marilyn Maples
June 9, 16 |  July 14, 21 | August 11, 18
Locations vary, check Calendar

Third Ward Fresh will have cooking lessons and has partnered with “One Seed, One Block,” a project organized by the University of Houston Black Student Union, to host a series of community plotting/ painting sessions at Free Market Square and other locations in Northern Third Ward.

The TrePhonos 

Artists: Jeanette Degollado, Matthew Fries, Julian Luna
Opening September 1, 2018
Locations TBD

This project comprises a series of three payphones that feature the voices of Third Ward recordings. The payphones exist as sculptural works transformed through painting and metalwork. They will be installed on Emancipation Avenue in three different locations.

SIDI, The City of Elders

Artist: Melanie "Meleekah" Villegas
September 22, 2018
Eldorado Ballroom

After a year of conducting a comprehensive needs assessment of the Third Ward, the team found and understood the value of working with the elders to capture their stories and wisdom. The project will be an oral history of their stories. The team will use audio, photography, and video, and the stories will be housed in an online environment that can easily be reached by people who can make a difference @, a Tré Ward Time Capsule.

Emancipation Avenue Bus Stop Tours

Artist: Naomi Carrier

Departs from Eldorado Building
June 19 - August 18, 2018
All tours at 6 pm and 8 pm

These bus stop tours explore African American Texan History through storytelling at 6 points along Emancipation Avenue. 

Third Ward Veteran Appreciation Day

Artist: Phillip Pyle, II
Public art event honoring veterans
November 19, 2018
Emancipation Park

Phillip Pyle II is organizing a wrestling match with a modern twist honoring Veterans. Third Ward is home to the largest number of current and former military veterans, and highlights why the Office of Veteran Affairs chose Third Ward as the area for community engagement.