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Aug 15

My Park, My Pool, My City

Graham Reynolds and Forklift Danceworks collaborate on another civic project — My Park, My Pool, My City.

Centered around one of Austin’s greatest treasures — our public pools — this project will feature the dedicated Aquatics lifeguards and staff who keep Austin swimming. Austin is facing an infrastructure crisis with our city pool system, as many of our pools are leaking and desperately need upgrading. Knowing this, My Park, My Pool, My City has been designed to build appreciation for the folks who steward our Aquatics system and create deeper understanding and connection between city staff, neighborhood residents and citizens from all around Austin who now must address one of the most complex issues facing our city—how to solve our city pool crisis.

Each year for three years, Forklift will be focusing on one East Austin neighborhood and bringing residents and city employees together to tell the story of these vital community gathering places. 3 years, 3 pools, 3 dances. They are beginning this year at Bartholomew Pool, premiering the first of the three dances July 21-22 & 28-29 of 2017.

The dances are accompanied by original music composed and directed by Graham Reynolds, and production and lighting design by Stephen Pruitt.

“My Park, My Pool, My City presents an extraordinary opportunity for residents, artists, and civic and community leaders to work together to explore and address equity and access issues facing Austin’s Eastern Crescent.” —Austin Mayor Steve Adler

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