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How 7 artists transformed Houston’s Third Ward

by The 100 Companies

Almost 30 years ago, seven African American artists bought 22 rundown houses in Houston’s Third Ward, recognizing the potential to turn derelict homes into a positive, transformative space. The artists-turned-activists restored the abandoned block, transforming it into Project Row Houses.

The project revitalized the Third Ward community and provided spaces for art galleries, youth education and community programs, as well as affordable housing for single mothers and small businesses.

Inspired by German artist Joseph Bueys, the original block is considered a “social sculpture” and is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies

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