Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts (KGMCA) at the University of Houston are pleased to announce the 2018 CASE-PRH Fellows:
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The CASE-PRH Fellowship was created to invite artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them.
Agu and Gulilat will receive mentorship from project administrators Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art and Social Engagement, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH's Curator and Programs Director. Local artists, faculty members, community members and selected leaders will offer their support during this process.
"The pilot year of the fellowship was an incredible experience," said Dennis. "It was amazing to watch Carrie and Carol's research and projects develop over the course of 2017, and I'm eager to work with Eyakem and Regina in the year to come."
Upon completion of the fellowship's pilot year, applications were accepted from over 60 local, national, and international artists and collectives. The applications were reviewed by a panel consisting of Dennis and Wagan; Eureka Gilkey, PRH Executive Director; Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, artist and UH lecturer; and Deidre Thomas, Grants + Capacity Building Coordinator at the Houston Arts Alliance.
"The first year of the fellowships and this last round of applications demonstrate a significant investment and excitement toward what artists bring to the equitable growth of our communities," stated Wagan. "We are thrilled that the partnership between PRH and CASE contributes to the growing reputation of Houston as an epicenter of responsive and responsible, community-centered creative practices."
At the conclusion of their fellowships, the two will also present lectures/performances that encapsulate their year of research.
The Fellowship is a multi-year program that builds on PRH’s history of leadership in social practice and community-engaged art projects. The fellowship program brings artists, cultural practitioners, urban planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the PRH process and the greater Houston community. Through the program, it is our hope to educate and empower the next generation of leaders in socially engaged art and activism, disseminate a known successful practice, and seed discourse across the nation.