THIRD WARD TX - a documentary about community, art, and real estate
How do we bring back a once thriving community--one with a vibrant African American history and culture? What was good and positive and sustaining for the people who lived there? What would this look like now? Once change is in motion--how can we manage gentrification so that it doesn't drive out long-time residents? THIRD WARD TX introduces the artists and neighbors of Project Row Houses who successfully confront their community's decay and reimagine such a place.
In 1993, a step ahead of city of Houston demolition crews, a group of artists and volunteers, led by Rick Lowe, clean up two blocks of abandoned shotgun houses and paint the boarded up doors and windows for a "drive by" exhibit to draw attention to this deteriorating neighborhood. THIRD WARD TX traces how Lowe, a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Award" winner, and Project Row Houses parlay that action into a decades-long transformation of the Third Ward neighborhood with visionary thinking about art, low-income housing, community building and inner-city renewal.
THIRD WARD TX has been used to provoke and focus discussion in classrooms and at international conferences among people concerned with creating equitable, livable and stimulating communities. THIRD WARD TX has been featured at the 2008 Loeb Bruner Forum at Harvard Graduate School of Design; Real Community is Real Art, symposium in Austin, Texas; The 2008 Regional Equity Conference in New Orleans; and Art in the Contested City at Pratt Institute in New York City, among many others.
"...a great story, told with charm and dexterity...these are issues facing every city in America, and 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
"I'm teaching arts and cultural management graduate students in a course called 'Arts & Community Development'...your film helped illuminate all the issues - and in such an engaging way. The students loved it and I most certainly will use it again..." --Tom Borrup, Creative Community Builders
" ... captivating ... required viewing for anyone interested in rebuilding and creating community through the arts." --Sally Young, Loeb Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design
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