“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.”
“Forklift Danceworks put on a big show at Givens Pool for the ‘My Park, My Pool, My City’ project.”
Hear from community collaborators, performers, and Forklift’s Artistic Director Allison Orr in Decibel’s recent profile of 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.”
“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.”
Givens Swims collaborators share stories from the creative process with Arts Eclectic host Michael Lee.
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.
Forklift Danceworks is one of 26 cultural organizations in Austin, TX to have received an unrestricted grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Arts and Innovation in Management Program.
Forklift Danceworks is honored to have been awarded “Special Recognition” in Preservation Austin’s Merit Awards for My Park, My Pool, My City.