Project Row Houses – Becky Deihl

I found it interesting how important diversity was to Project Row Houses, but it seemed difficult to achieve. In such a big program about bettering the community, I would expect people from all work of life to take part in this project. In the interview, Rick Lowe say a Mormon Church would come in to help on volunteer day, but wouldn’t have been in before that. Along the same lines, Lowe states how there were smaller African American groups trying to control their identity and didn’t engage as much with the community, supporting the diversity. In a way, it makes sense though, because they’re in their own little groups where people won’t be critical of them and they can be their own community. But that defeats the purpose of Project Row Houses.

Trying to work with the community and make this a project for everyone is amazing. When thinking about a community project, I think of just a small neighborhood, like Mark Stern describe “grandmothers with coloring books in their front yards.” Community art, especially in Project Row Houses goes far beyond just this little neighborhood project. It gets people thinking about the artist and their art after they’ve left the project. It gets them thinking beyond just their neighborhood and connects them to the whole art world. The project just grows on itself as people follow their favorite visiting artist and go out into the world.

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