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Architecture talk April 9: How art revitalized a neighborhood

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The executive director of Project Row House, which for 25 years has worked to restore community in what was once the impoverished Third Ward of Houston, will give a talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Eureka Gilkey's talk, "Collective Creative Actions: Project Row Houses at 25," is sponsored by the Architecture and Design Network as part of its June Freeman Lecture Series. Project Row House was the creation of seven African-American artists decided to transform derelict row houses and their neighborhood into art spaces that celebrated the neighborhood's culture. The seven artists — James Bettison (1958-1997), Bert Long Jr. (1940-2013), Jesse Lott, Rick Lowe, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples and George Smith — were inspired by German artist Joseph Beuys and Houston-based artist Dr. John Biggers, who were interested in the symbolism and history of the shotgun houses.

The most recent annual report of Project Row House details the work of the nonprofit over the past 25 years, work that includes renovation, new housing, its work with Rice University architecture students and the transformational power of public art and artist involvement in communities.

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