Photos by Casey Smith

Platinum Party


For twenty years, Forklift has created radically inclusive dance performances that honor workers, share stories, and bring people together. In celebration of the past two decades, guests donned their sparkliest attire and mingled with Forklift collaborators over local bites, signature beverages, and idiosyncratic exploits at stations inspired by past projects. Urban Forestry employees performed a dramatic tree-climbing duet. Mayor Steve Adler and Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison graced the dance floor and proclaimed it Forklift Danceworks Day!

Relive the magic through Sarah Bork Hamilton’s photos from the night:

If you couldn’t join us and still want to contribute to our 20th anniversary, you can make a gift here:

20th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee

Liz Bullock, Co-Chair; Director of Digital and Paid Media, Rackspace

Bill Hopkins, Co-Chair; Health Care Lawyer, Partner at Spencer Fane LLP

Pam Benson Owens, CEO of Six Square—Austin’s Black Cultural District

Ezequiel Calderon, Forklift Board Member; Delivery Lead at Praxent

Kathy Garza Smith, Senior Project Manager at HDR, Umlauf Board Chair

Alejandra Hamlet, Forklift Board Member; Sales and Marketing Manager, Levior Energy

Nathan Idais, Stylist & Opera Guild Member

Callie Langford, Forklift Board Member; Marketing Account Manager, (un)Common Logic

Tobin Levy, Writer, Editor & Event Designer

Judy Matula, Ballet Austin and Austin Chamber Music Board

Ciyadh Wells, Forklift Board Member; Director of Individual Giving; Austin Classical Guitar

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