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Social Practice.Social Justice

September 7-8, 2018 
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom 
2310 Elgin Street 

Presented by Project Row Houses (PRH), “Social Practice.Social Justice” is a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists and thought leaders to Houston’s Third Ward. The symposium begins Friday evening with a special dinner hosted by Project Row Houses. It continues with Day 2 on Saturday morning with a panel discussion on neighborhood development and the strategies used in communities impacted by disinvestment. This session will be followed by a keynote address from Lisa Dent, thought leader and advocate for cultural workers, living artists and shape-shifters. The afternoon session will conclude the symposium, with a panel centered on utilizing creativity, imagination and engagement.  


Members | $25
Guests | $35 
Students | $10 

Friday, September 7, 2018 

Dine with PRH 

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Ticketholders for the symposium are invited to a special dinner with Project Row Houses. Location TBD. Please RSVP to by Noon on Tuesday, September 4.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 

Neighborhood Development and the Preservation of a Community, Panel moderated by Eureka Gilkey, Executive Director, PRH 

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 

This panel brings together individuals who are pathing a way forward for conscious neighborhood development and work actively to preserve historic buildings in neighborhoods that have been disinvested in. 


  • Irfana Jetha Noorani, 11th Street Bridge Project, Washington DC 

  • Pat Jordan, Gem Cultural and Education Center, Kansas City 

  • Danielle Burns Wilson, The African American Library at the Gregory School  

Lunch and Breakout sessions  

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 

Food trucks will be available on-site along with breakout sessions organized in the Eldorado Building.  

The Romance of Community, Keynote Address by Lisa Dent 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Lisa Dent will present current research on philanthropic and cultural organizations, placing the support of artistic work within a socioeconomic context.  

Beyond Social Practice, Panel moderated by Gia Hamilton, Cultural Producer 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m 

The panelists will present their individual practices and discuss the broad, often vague definition of "social practice" as well as their observed impact of art and creativity on the community.  


  • Artist Shani Peters, New York based 

  • Artist Nathaniel Donnett, Houston based 

  • Cultural worker Jen Delos Reyes, Chicago based 

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