Givens Swims

July 20, 21, 27, & 28 2019 at Givens Neighborhood Pool

Givens Swims featured the everyday movement of the people who maintain and swim at the pool. From neighborhood teens to community elders, the story of Givens Pool was told by the people who have long lived, worked, and played around this historic place.

Learn more about the rich history surrounding Givens Pool on our project website.

photos by jonica moore
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As part of Givens Swims, artists Cindy Elizabeth and Ernesto Hernandez created temporary installations at Givens Pool. In collaboration with the Forklift Danceworks performances, their art work brought in additional community stories. Commissioned through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program, this collaboration and creative research connects My Park, My Pool, My City to a permanent artistic work at the future renovated Givens Pool.


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Forklift Danceworks is proud to announce that this project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Research and public art commissioned through Art in Public Places.

For more sponsorship information about My Park, My Pool, My City, click HERE.

Special Thanks to our Community Partners:

PARD | Aquatics Division

Givens Recreation Center | Jump On It

Hands Full of Cash Car Club | MLK Neighborhood Association

KAZI 88.7 FM | Austin History Center African American Community Archives

Austin Parks Foundation | GO collaborative