I have been living in Houston most of my life and I had never heard of Project Row Houses until a few weeks ago. 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.
Located in Houston’s Third Ward community, Project Row Houses is literally a row or houses with different exhibits in each house. I knew immediately I wanted to go and check it out and take my kids!
Each house is done by a different artist. The artists and collectives from across the U.S. are socially-engaged artists whose work shapes and frames socio-political issues while demonstrating their ties to various social justice movements and strategies.
The next house we visited was done by artist Jackie Sumell “Grow House”, which is a space with flowers chosen by incarcerated mothers from prisons across the U.S. The installation, which recognizes that 80% of incarcerated women and girls are mothers, invites visitors to plant the seedlings chosen by the women, document their transformation, and share the images with the moms through a prisoner-support app called Flikshop.
Next house is by artist Dawn Weleski : Weleski’s “Noon at Night” is a pay-what-you-can bakery serving international baked goods, while connecting customers in real-time to other cafés and patrons around the world. “Noon at Night” opens when the sun sets and doesn’t close until sunset the next day, allowing customers in Houston to converse via video conferencing with customers in cafés half a world away where their hour is noon.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Brooklyn, NY): Fazlalizadeh’s installation “The Personal as Political” creates a space for people to talk candidly about their experiences being black, women, and/or queer. Their personal stories will then be used to create political art that disrupts the common narrative and forces a new perspective on identity and activism.
PROJECT ROW HOUSES IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WEDNESDAYS – SUNDAYS FROM 12:00 P.M. TIL 5:00 P.M.