Third Ward TXby Andrew Garrison and Nancy Bless and Noland Walker
When Community Development is also Art, a Neighborhood Comes Back to Life....Watch Trailer
Project Row Houses was a successful public art program founded by local artists in inner-city Houston. Starting from boarding up abandoned houses and creating a “drive-by” exhibit to providing free refurbished houses for single mothers in college and an after-school programs for local kids, they had helped to revive their section of Third Ward, a historically African-American neighborhood.
THIRD WARD TX is the story of how Project Row Houses used the tools of design, art and architecture to transform two blocks of “shotgun” houses reminiscent of New Orleans and other Black communities across the South into exhibition space, classrooms, gardens, and residential space. But their success in reducing crime, and making their “campus” a magnet for art enthusiasts, families, and local residents, also attracts deep-pocket real estate developers.
Their bold response is to include community planning and new housing as a part of their art practice. If they can shape an area in Third Ward for the residents, there’s a chance they can keep the neighborhood intact.
"A GREAT STORY TOLD WITH CHARM AND DEXTERITY...our country needs more innovative ideas like Project Row Houses. A first step is for people to see Third Ward, TX."
Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Rooftop Films
The Rooftop Films Blog
" MOVING, FUNNY, BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH, INSPIRING...It did the best thing a documentary can do: let you know about something you had no idea existed."
Go Like Water Blog
"...You really need to screen this film...words can't do it justice..I was moved to tears. Thank you so much..for capturing this project so well on film and for sharing it."
Hatch, the DesinPublic Blog
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