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Framed by WDET: Sundays at the Carpet House

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Image credit: Amy Sacka

Just smile, be happy, and the people will treat you just like down south… this is down-up-north hospitality.” - Dianna Lawrence, Carpet House attendee

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Framed by WDET is an audio-visual experience, produced in partnership with 18 artists, who tell the story of moments and spaces where people come together and find belonging in Detroit.

In the feature, Sundays at the Carpet House, WDET producer Laura Herberg and photographer Amy Sacka welcome us to John’s Carpet House, a weekly grassroots music jam on Detroit’s east side.



Conversations with a kaleidoscope of personalities and dynamic black and white photos of blues artists, barbecue, and dancing grandmas, tell the story of the Carpet House, where keeping the peace is supreme and familial, jovial fun is inevitable. In this story from 2015, called “Southern,” attendees describe the southern feels and traditions permeating the weekly gathering.

Framed by WDET continues to evolve, and this year we’re partnering with Grand Circus Magazine to bring this series of stories and photographs to life in a photo book and gallery exhibition. Learn how you can support WDET and back this project at wdet.org/kickstarter.
To hear more about John’s Carpet House, click the audio player above. 

Erin Allen, Content Producer, Framed by WDET

Erin Allen is a Content Producer with Framed by WDET. Allen is a foodie, yogi and world explorer.


Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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