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Harvard Business Review

“The show, called ‘From the Ground Up,‘ was as colorful as it was unusual: Folks who do some of the least glamorous work (and least visible) on campus showcased their skills, creativity, and humor to the delight of the community.”

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Winston-Salem Monthly on From the Ground Up

“Synchronized mowing and a sweepers’ quintet are among the planned segments of the October performance on Hearn Plaza, and Orr expects an audience of more than 1,000 people to attend. And while the public performance is the grand finale of a yearlong project, Orr returns to the long-term impact of dance as a conversation starter and community builder.”

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Sightlines: Givens Swims Dives Deep Into a Community

“A faint violet crown rose in the east and the pool glimmered in blue light as Austin rap artist Nook Turner kicked things off straight into high gear with his anthem, ‘The A.’ The program swung between pounding energy and thoughtful reminiscence as the story of Givens unfolded. Turner is himself a community activist, engaged with reclaiming public space in East Austin.”

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KVUE on Givens Swims

“Forklift Danceworks put on a big show at Givens Pool for the ‘My Park, My Pool, My City’ project.”

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Decibel: A Pool Party for the People

Hear from community collaborators, performers, and Forklift’s Artistic Director Allison Orr in Decibel’s recent profile of Givens Swims.

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SoulCiti on Givens Swims

“Grooving in Givens Pool with [Jonathan] Tapscott and his fellow aquatics division crew during the performances you’ll see, and hopefully meet, people who have been helping shape the image of East Austin for decades. ‘This is necessary to showcase not only the need for the repair of the pools, but it’s also a chance to showcase the beauty of East Austin—what was, what is, and what can be’ says lap swimmer and local business and communications consultant Arlene Youngblood.”

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Spectrum News: Show Celebrates History of Givens District Pool

“Local performance group Forklift Danceworks and members of the East Austin community are celebrating the history of the Givens District Pool with a special performance. ‘This pool has a lot of history and a lot of great stories.’ – Pearl Cox, East Austin native and performer.”

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KUT Arts Eclectic on Givens Swims

Givens Swims collaborators share stories from the creative process with Arts Eclectic host Michael Lee.

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Wesleyan Students Partner with Employees

This Fall, Forklift artists supported six students at Wesleyan University to embed with Physical Plant employees, working alongside plumbers, movers, HVAC mechanics, and energy managers. The semester culminated in shared creative presentations for the students’ Environmental Studies class.

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Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll 2018

Forklift Danceworks is thrilled to receive Best Choreographer for the third year running, as well as a Critics Pick Award for Best Efforts to Save Our Pools alongside our friends at Love Austin Pools!  Thank you to the Austin Chronicle, readers, and all our fans — we love you!