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Square Dance-a-thon

Free First Saturday

Part of Walker Open Field

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

No one’s too old or too young to join in a good old-fashioned square dance! Artist Amanda Lovelee set up the Call and Answer Project to encourage the kind of face-to-face connection, hand-holding, and pure pleasure that come from community-oriented folk dance. For the last outdoor Free First Saturday and the final Open Field event of the season, Lovelee and her cohorts take all comers as they host this raucous event with a live band and the best caller in all the land.

Art-Making for the Entire Family: Objects of Utopic Structure

10 am–3 pm, Open Field
There are many objects that make collaboration, community, and connections happen. Draw your favorite object that brings people together and make a carbon copy to help assemble a giant accordion book.

Film: Call to Answer

10 am–3 pm
This short documentary premier is about human connection and Minneapolis’ square dancing nightlife.

Photobooth: Making Friends

10 am–3 pm, Vineland Plaza
Learning to meet new people is an important lesson in life. This photobooth is designed to help you get to know some new people at the Walker. And for your bravery you will be awarded a handmade letterpress book designed especially for this project.

Holding Hands

1 pm–3 pm, Open Field
Today’s featured artist, Amanda Lovelee, is passionate about preserving and constructing a space for face-to-face connections, especially through traditional dance. Join in a square dance with a live band and local caller Ann Carter who will teach you everything you need to know. No experience required, only a willingness to have fun and meet your neighbor!


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

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