WATCH: Video portrait of Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses
Rick Lowe founded Project Row Houses (PRH), a non-proft arts organization that has created a blueprint for using urban renewal practices within an artistic context to enrich lives.
WHY WE LOVE RICK AND PROJECT ROW HOUSES:
- Located in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, PRH is founded on the principle that art and the community it creates can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city neighborhoods (an idea that derives in part from Joseph Beuys’ concept of “social sculpture”).
- At its founding two decades ago, PRH comprised of 22 houses on a block-and-a-half; today it occupies six blocks that are home to 40 properties, including exhibition and residency spaces for artists, office spaces, a community gallery, a park, low-income residential and commercial spaces, and houses in which young mothers can live for a year and receive support as they work to finish school and get their bearings.
- Project Row Houses provides programs that encompass arts, neighborhood revitalization, education, preservation, and community service.