NEA & LISC

  Allison Orr and Krissie Marty were invited to participate in a webinar series on creative placemaking hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Aquatic Maintenance Supervisor and My Park, My Pool, My City collaborator Paul Slutes joined Allison and Krissie to share insights on community collaboration and leadership. […]

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Curbed

Photo by Jonica Moore Taking it outside: How Austin’s Forklift Danceworks taps into a well of creativity in the unseen city July 2018 “Make no mistake, though: Forklift’s work isn’t well-meaning community theater; in combination with a community and its dancers, Orr’s vision and precision transform the authentic and granular details of a group’s work, […]

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Sightlines

Photo by Jonica Moore Everybody into the Pool July 2018 “Forklift shows are free. And the economic, cultural and age diversity of the Forklift audience is radically atypical compared to audiences at established arts institutions that are not culturally specific in origin.”

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Arts + Culture

Photo by Alex Masi Forklift Danceworks Dives into Austin’s Public Pools June 2017 “‘There’s one girl who just learned to swim (in the spring) semester and is now learning to become a lifeguard. How cool is that, that your first job at 15 is to save people’s lives?’ said Marty.”

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Tribeza

Photo by Leah Muse MY PARK, MY POOL, MY CITY: CREATING COMMUNITY CONVERSATION THROUGH CHOREOGRAPHY June 2017 “Orr says, ‘What we hope is that our project both ends up helping the neighbors that participate to have a deeper understanding of the problem and are more hopeful or willing or organized to advocate for themselves, but also […]

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KUT

Photo by Miriam Conner City Employees Make A Splash In ‘My Park, My Pool, My City’ June 2017 “‘I have done nothing like this before,’ said Ortega, a former Austin lifeguard who now oversees the city’s aquatics programs, including swim teams. ‘It’s totally outside of my comfort zone.’” Forklift Danceworks Presents ‘Bartholomew Swims’ June 2017 […]

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Austin Chronicle

Forklift Danceworks’ My Parks, My Pools, My City July 2017 “Even if it was expected, and even though the loss gave the city and residents the opportunity to develop a vision for a new, better, safer, and more sustainable pool facility on the 51st Street site, losing the old Bartholomew hurt.” Forklift Danceworks’ Dove Springs Swims […]

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Survey Data

Photo by Jonica Moore 87% of people surveyed said they had new insights or reflections about Bartholomew Pool or Austin’s public pool system based on the performance. Audience members gained a new understanding of: The sheer number of public pools in Austin, the amount of work to maintain a pool, and the importance of the […]

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