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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.  

Registration 

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 info@projectrowhouses.org 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. 

Panelists: 

  • 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.  

Panelists:  

  • Artist Shani Peters, New York based 

  • Artist Nathaniel Donnett, Houston based 

  • Cultural worker Jen Delos Reyes, Chicago based 

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