Project Row Houses (PRH) is a nonprofit based out of one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods, the Third Ward. Recently, Houston native Solange Knowles significantly helped PRH reach a fundraising goal to send a group of Third Ward students to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
PRH’s mission is to "empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art, and direct action." The organization celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and set a goal to send 12 high school students to visit the Smithsonian’s newest museum dedicated to the celebration and preservation of African American history and culture. “Seeing their community represented at this level will provide the students with a more profound understanding of themselves, their history, and their culture,” said PRH's executive director, Eureka Gilkey.
Due in part to a special donation made by @solangeknowles, PRH has met its fundraising goal to send Third Ward students to the @NMAAHC. We’re very grateful to Solange for her generosity as this gift will help support what will be a transformative experience for them. pic.twitter.com/0GrZwoRAc2— Project Row Houses (@PRH_Houston) July 2, 2018
The NMAAHC actually features a permanent display on the history of PRH and some of the work of one of its founding artists, Floyd Newsum. The artist collective that founded PRH were active supporters of their community’s artistic relevance and significance over the years. As a product of Houston’s rich cultural experiences and having performed as a child during PRH block parties and events, it became a full circle moment for Solange to step up to ensure that the organization met their anniversary goal this year. Her generosity may very well inspire a new generation of beautiful Black artists who will continue to pay forward her effort as she has.
In addition to visiting the museum, the trip will also explore other nearby attractions, including viewing the official portraits of former President and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery.