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Project Row Houses: Solving Affordable Housing Issues with Art

You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents. Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It […]

You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents.

Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It comes with some $600,000 in grant money for the organization to continue its work.

Lowe recently talked with Houston Public Media about making art that also serves a practical purpose, about the importance of listening to the people of the Third Ward to determine what kind of project would best serve them, and about how preserving architecture can help preserve a community’s culture.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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