Making Space, Preserving Place

A Conversation at the Intersection of Art, Community and Preservation

Space has enormous power to bring people together or keep them apart. What role can historic places and space play in providing spaces for making and exhibiting art? How can we honor the role of history and legacy communities as the use of spaces and places changes in Austin? How can new types of spaces and places for art develop".


  • Miriam Conner, community engagement coordinator, Forklift Danceworks; City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission member. Miriam is working on Forklift's performance project with Givens Pool and its community users, as well as a public art project.

  • Oliver Franklin, site director, Elisabet Ney Museum

  • Kim McKnight, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, PARD

  • Sara Vanderbeek; artist & WEST participant with her South Austin garage gallery, DORF

  • Moderator: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

A program of the West Austin Studio Tour. Co-hosted by Sightlines, Big Medium, Preservation Austin and the Elisabet Ney Museum

Christina Moser