Keynotes and Presentations

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Creative Placemaking Webinar with LISC & the NEA 

On December 12, 2018, Forklift Artists Allison Orr, Krissie Marty, and Aquatic Maintenance Supervisor Paul Slutes were featured on “Digging Deep: Community Engagement Methods & Techniques” at the invitation of  the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The second in a series of webinars on creative placemaking, the discussion focused on the collaboration and community leadership exemplified in My Park, My Pool, My City, Forklift’s partnership with Austin Aquatics. Watch a recording of the webinar here!

Residency at Wesleyan University – November 2018

Middletown, CT
November 28-30, 2018

Allison Orr and Gretchen LaMotte visited Wesleyan University to support creative presentations by students and partnering Physical Plant employees who had been working together throughout the semester.  Read about the presentations here!

Residency at Wesleyan University – September 2018

Middletown, CT
September 10-12, 2018

Allison Orr visited Wesleyan University to visit classes and prepare a small group of students to embed with Physical Plant staff. Allison presented on Forklift’s process of community-based art making with Intro to Dance and Intro to Environmental Studies students with Forklift artist and Wesleyan alumna Gretchen LaMotte. A small cohort of students prepared to dive into the process by job shadowing Physical Plant staff throughout the semester.

Keep Texas Beautiful 2018 Conference

Georgetown, TX
June 11 – 13th, 2018

Allison Orr was the keynote speaker at the 51st annual Keep Texas Beautiful conference. Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. KTB equips local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling, and youth engagement efforts. Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. At the 2018 conference, KTB examined how strengthening the connection between people and the places they share helps communities large and small shape their public realm in order to maximize the value of the places they work and play, together.

ICAF Summer School 2018

Barcelona, Spain
July 22 – 27, 2018

Allison Orr and Krissie Marty were featured artist-facilitators at the International Community Arts Festival’s 2018 Summer School in Barcelona! The Summer School took place under the umbrella of Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona and was part of Obrador d’estiu of sala Béckett. It was a week of exciting encounters, hands-on experience and in-depth dialogue between colleagues from all over the world, all centered on the theme of Changing Perspectives. Experienced professionals and young artists alike had the opportunity to develop their skills and reflect on their work.

Dance | USA 2018 Dance Forum at APAP

New York Hilton Midtown
Friday, January 12th, 2018 from 9a-12p

Allison Orr and Krissie Marty were panelists at the 2018 Dance Forum (a pre-conference event at APAP), presented by Dance/USA. The event brought together a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to explore concepts of relevance, community, place-based work, and truth telling – creating dance in and for today’s society. The event was presented workshop-style with opportunities to dialogue with peers and speakers from across the country in both large and small group conversations. Dance Forum was free and open to the entire dance community; APAP registration was not required. Multi-disciplinary presenters were encouraged to attend!

Residency at Wesleyan University – September 2017

Allison Orr visited Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT to teach, lead a workshop, and screen Trash Dance from Sept. 13-17th. Along with Forklift artist and Wesleyan alumna Clara Pinsky, Allison lead a workshop entitled “How to Pull Off the Impossible—a workshop for artists, activists, and artist-activists” in Forklift’s process of community-based art making.

Artists in residence at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

You can learn more about the International Community Arts Festival HERE!
You can see photos & video from the trip HERE!

From March 29 – April 2, 2017, Forklift artists Krissie Marty and Allison Orr traveled to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the International Community Arts Festival. Together Krissie and Allison worked with the local trash collectors on a short performance, screened Trash Dance, and lead a workshop on “Community Dance US Style.”

APAP | NYC Annual Global Performing Arts Conference 

The Creative Team: Finding the Flow Together

Watch the video of this panel HERE!

New York Hilton Midtown
Sunday, January 8th from 11a-12:30p

Artistic Director Allison Orr spoke alongside artists Jonah Bokaer, Eddie Cota, Hadi Eldebek, Jawole Will Jo Zollar in a plenary session moderated by Will Power.

The development, production, presentation and promotion of work is a collaborative effort – more so now than ever – in the presenting field today. What are key factors that are shifting the making, producing and presenting of work to more effectively connect with contemporary audiences while meeting the financial and other objectives of all who have invested in the process?

Art Across the City: Community-Based Collaborations in Austin

National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Austin, TX
Austin Hilton Hotel
Mon, Novemeber 14th from 8:30-9:30am

Artistic Director Allison Orr with Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty hosted a panel conversation with Forklift performers Don Anderson and Allen Small along with Lynn Osgood of GoCollaborative and artist Michael Garcia of Drawing Lines.

Austin arts leaders talked with city employees and local artists who have worked on some of Austin’s most recognized creative placemaking projects. This discussion addressed how these cross-sector partnerships built morale, changed citizen’s perceptions, and created new audiences. It involved short clips, the nuts and bolts of how these projects happened, and conversations between organizers, artists, and city staff on how to support successful collaborations and create effective engagement strategies in your community.

Idea Forum: Art-Making In and With Community

Watch the video of this panel HERE!

Annual meeting of the National Performance Network in Austin, TX
Austin Sheraton at the Capitol Hotel
Fri., December 2nd from 2-4 pm

Forklift Danceworks choreographers lead a discussion on community-based social practice with a panel of city employees who have performed in the company’s large-scale civic spectacles. Topics included collaboration, the creative process and the impact these projects have had on them personally and on their work environments. Artists and city workers offered insights and advice on about art making that addresses issues of race, class, culture and “artistic privilege” (who gets to make art and where). Panelists included a former sanitation worker, a City of Austin forestry tech and utility employee. Facilitated by Forklift choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty.