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The Fellowship is a multi-year program that builds on Project Row Houses' (PRH) history of leadership in social practice and community-engaged art projects. Founded as a partnership between CASE and PRH, this fellowship program brings artists, cultural practitioners, urban planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the PRH process and the greater Houston community. The CASE-PRH Fellowship will educate and empower the next generation of leaders in socially engaged art and activism, disseminate a known successful practice, and seed discourse across the nation.

The program investigates the juncture of arts and culture, community development, and neighborhood context. The work of the fellowship program serves to elevate social sculpture as a central tool in the community building process to complement other instruments such as architectural design, neighborhood engagement, fundraising, community economic development, affordable housing, social services, and youth and workforce development.

Mutually administered by PRH and CotA’s Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE), these year-long residencies will bring 2 guest fellows to work closely with Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses staff, and local leaders in community-engaged practices. Local artists, faculty members, community members, and selected leaders will offer their support during this process. The partnership will also engage a broader public through lectures, seminars, and symposia around community engaged social arts practice.

THE FELLOWS

The fellows will be active cultural practitioners seeking for mentorship and the chance to focus their research on community engaged creative practices.

To support the Fellows, the partnership will invite local artists, faculty members, community members, and selected leaders to act as the Fellow’s BrainTrust. Members will be invited to provide support to each Fellow’s area of investigation through advice, feedback, networks, and the like. 

The 2017 Fellows are Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship.

RESEARCH AND IMPACT

This partnership will be a national model for collaboration, applied scholarship, and socially engaged art. Contributing to the national discourse on social practice, the program focuses on the Fellows and their development as leading community-engaged artists. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellows will have been immersed in the PRH methodology, have conducted a minimum of two public lectures/programs, and produced a creative/scholarly product that is informed by the work at PRH/UH/Third Ward. 

Each fellowship will be evaluated through a project-based lens. Specific objectives and outcomes related to the criteria will be framed by the content and direction of each Fellow’s chosen area of investigation. To document the collective impact of the projects and the ongoing developments in the Houston community, the partnership will produce a yearly catalogue/report. The report will highlight the iterative process of the program, public events, reports, and responses.

The Fellows’ scholarly and creative research, with the concurrent evaluation of the program, will ultimately lead to transformation in how the University of Houston interfaces with its communities within the neighborhood and in the university. 

SPONSOR

The fellowship is made possible with visionary lead gift of $100,000 from Texas philanthropist Suzanne Deal Booth, which also supports future public programs to promote community engagement. 

Launch Event

On February 16, 2017 CASE and PRH hosted a launch event at the Historic Eldorado Ballroom. Check out photos from the event.

We are grateful to the sponsors of that event: 8th Wonder Brewery, Topo Chico, Oui Banh Mi and Les Givral's Kahve, Radicle Fresh Juices, Crumbville Texas, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, and DJ Keva McNeil. 

ONLINE APPLICATION

Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts (KGMCA) at the University of Houston are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2018 CASE-PRH Fellowship. First developed last year, this is a multi-year program that builds on PRH’s history of leadership in social practice and community-engaged art projects.

As the pilot year comes to a close, PRH and CASE are seeking two new Fellows – one local to Houston and one non-local individual - already engaged in this work whose practice would benefit from a mentorship and year-long engagement with Project Row Houses and UH’s Center for Art & Social Engagement.

The fellowship program brings artists, cultural practitioners, urban planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the PRH process and the greater Houston community. Through the program, it is our hope to educate and empower the next generation of leaders in socially engaged art and activism, disseminate a known successful practice, and seed discourse across the nation.

Benefits of the program include:

  • a stipend of $15,000,
  • $5,000 project/research budget,
  • a community Brain Trust of local artists, community members, and faculty to advise and ground the project in a local discourse, and
  • for non-Houston Fellows local housing at Project Row Houses with $1,000 in travel support

In return, the fellows are asked to engage our communities – Third Ward, university, artistic, and myriad other – in a process that involves:

  • a public presentation of previous work and Fellowship guiding questions at the beginning of the Fellowship,
  • Present a public talk/project at the end of residency
  • Co-organizing a Community Conversation with PRH Public Art Director and CASE Director
  • Monthly meetings with the program directors

The application process for this program consists of a brief narrative, no more than two pages (we need more of a word count for this probably), that addresses the following:

  • What will be the guiding questions for your work in this fellowship?
  • What would this fellowship with UH & PRH allow for that you have not yet investigated/achieved?

In support of the primary questions above, please address these ideas:

  • How does this investigation build upon your history of community engagement?
  • How will the fellowship contribute to the development of your creative career?
  • What are your leadership strengths, and how will the fellowship either complement or enhance those strengths?
  • In what ways can the university community support/enhance your creative investigation?
  • In what ways can PRH support your ongoing practice in the field?
  • For non-resident applicants, please include an ideal timeline for your Fellowship keeping in mind the practicalities of your existing commitments and the Fellowship stipend and travel budget. Would you move to Houston for the entire year, stay for multiple months at a time, or conduct consistent week-long visits? We will take in consideration your commitments and the needs of our communities.

Additionally, applicants will submit a resume/curriculum vitae and samples of previous work for use in contextualizing your work to our stakeholders. The application can be completed online . Please submit all materials by November 21, 2017. Notification of fellowship recipients will occur by December 13.

For more information please contact CASE Director Sixto Wagan - swagan@ uh.edu or 713.743.4281.