Givens Swims

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

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


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In collaboration with this summer’s performances, visual artists Cindy Elizabeth and Ernesto Hernandez are creating temporary installations at Givens Pool. The collaboration is commissioned through Art in Public Places, a program of the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division. The temporary installations will connect My Park, My Pool, My City to a permanent artistic work to be installed at the future renovation of Givens Pool.



Cindy Elizabeth was born and raised in Austin, TX, where she currently resides and makes art. After graduating from Baylor University in 2010, Elizabeth began exploring her desire to create change by documenting the world around her with the camera as her tool. Working through the mediums of photography, film, and mixed media, she explores the beauty in struggle and liberation in the stories of all African-Americans.





Ernesto Hernandez is an Austin resident who is a muralist, digital artist and filmmaker. Many of his works have been created in collaboration with at-risk youth and communities in a form of positive expression that brings pride to the community and its creators. With over 20 years of public work experience, he is incorporating new technology and elements into his work, such as Augmented Reality.




Thank you to the selection panel!
Carre AdamsExhibition Coordinator of the Carver Museum
Tam HawkinsPresident of Greater Austin Black Chamber
Dawn OkoroLocal Visual Artist
Roderick DavisPresident of Hands Full of Cash Car Club