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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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