Founded by seven African-American artists twenty-five years ago in Houston’s Third Ward, Project Row Houses was a pioneer in the field of socially engaged art long before such a field even existed. Under the guidance of artist and founding director Rick Lowe and the leadership of executive director Eureka Gilkey and curator Ryan Dennis, its influential Public Art Program continues to set the standard for artist-led community engagement around the country; its programs to help under resourced neighbors, young single mothers and small local enterprises extend well beyond the borders of its original five city block site.
“We strive to support institutions that share our artist-centered values. The small grassroots arts organizations as well as the museums that comprise our grantees provide invaluable opportunities for artists to express their unique perspectives on the pressing urgencies of the day. We hope that our grants help to amplify artists’ voices within their communities, in national discussions and debates, and across platforms in the international contemporary art world.”
Joel Wachs, President