KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Rick Lowe

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses

presented at Outpost Performance Space

516 ARTS and Outpost Performance Space are honored to present special guest keynote speaker Rick Lowe, Founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization. Artist and community activist Rick Lowe spearheaded the pursuit of the vision of a positive, creative presence in this community when he discovered the abandoned one and a half block site of twenty-two shotgun-style houses in Houston's Third Ward. They became the perfect opportunity to pursue the creation of a new form of art. 

Project Row Houses is founded on the principle that art – and the community it creates – can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city neighborhoods. This principle is in part based on the philosophy of German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) who coined the phrase "social sculpture," which transformed the idea of sculpture as an art form into a social activity.

Lowe says, "We are committed to the vision of Project Row Houses as the realization of the social role that art can play in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service and activism and inter-generational education, especially for our youth." Lowe has exhibited and worked with communities nationally and internationally. Recently, Lowe was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Barack Obama.

LOCATION: Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Blvd. SE, www.outpostspace.org 
Tickets: $5 available at Outpost in person, by phone or online


Special thanks to Hotel Andaluz 

Image credit: Trevor Paulhus