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Amanda Lovelee,
Call and Answer Project
  • Photograph courtesy the artists
  • Photograph courtesy the artists
  • Photograph courtesy the artists
  • Photograph courtesy the artists
  • Photograph courtesy the artists
  • Photograph courtesy the artists

As a society that faces the collapse of communities how do we continue to form visceral, face-to-face connections? This complex problem inspired The Call and Answer Project, which addresses the need for human connection, the value of touch and the pleasure involved in community-oriented folk dance. As part of Northern Spark, The Call and Answer Project will be hosting an all night Square Dance and book making marathon at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The goal is to print 2000 booklets on four presses with the help of volunteers while also keeping an all night square dance going. We will have unlimited fiddle music, coffee and homemade pie! Be there and be square!

Schedule of Events:

9 pm – 1 am

  • Square Dancing- Caller- Ann Carter, Live Band, Be there be square!
  • Book Printing- Four letter presses will be running all night with the help of volunteers! Come help us reach our 2000 book goal!

1 am – 2 am

  • Listen to Poets read text about connection, community, coffee and pie!
  • Book Printing with unlimited coffee and homemade pie for all the hard working printers! Printmaking never tasted so good!

2 am – 4 am

  • Dance Movie Marathon! Starting off with “Bluegrass Roots”- the 1st TV Special (1964) shot documentary style in the Mountains of North Carolina.
  • Book Printing with live fiddle music serenading the printers and more coffee!

4 am – 5:28 am

  • PUMP IT UP! Let the day begin with your best dance moves! We will have a DJ mixing the best of the best group dance songs yes that includes the chicken dance!
  • Printing, Folding and Celebrating the production of 2000 books in one night! Go team work!

The dancing, movies, and poetry will be happening in the gallery on the first floor of MCBA. The printing will be happening on both the first floor as well as in the basement.

Amanda Lovelee

Amanda is a gatherer, an organizer, and a collector of stories and objects. Her work is about the search for connections between people and the search for a utopic social structure where genuine connections thrive. A holder of degrees from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MFA-Visual Studies) and the University of Hartford (BFA-Photography), she has shown her work at galleries in Minneapolis, Montana, Los Angeles, Connecticut, and Florence, Italy. For more about her work, see her website:

Presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts with support from Forecast Public Art, Jerome Foundation, and MN State Arts Board