Art at PeoplesHub: Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.’s Covid Stories

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Join us for the next installment of Art at PeoplesHub as we present Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.’s Covid Stories. A Zoom production created during the first 16 months of COVID-19 through collected community stories. This play illustrates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Black people in Knoxville, TN. This production will be followed by a discussion on Blackness and disability justice, as well as things we can do to create communities and cultures of care as the pandemic continues.

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc’s original production is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project and an outpouring of stories and first-hand accounts from Black residents of Knoxville, TN.

Through a series of stories, monologues, and conversations with some of our most beloved friends, neighbors and family members, this show gives audience members a glimpse into the lives of Black Knoxvillians navigating a global pandemic while simultaneously dealing with issues of racism and classism, calling attention to how the first 16 months were doubly difficult for those of African descent in East Tennessee.

This production will be followed by a discussion that investigates art-making during a global pandemic that addresses the challenges of our time. We will also discuss the intersections of Blackness and disability in an ongoing pandemic and ways that we can create cultures of care.

Length, Dates and Times Offered

2 Hours

October 26th, 2022, 4:00pm-6:00pm PT
October 26th, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm CT
October 26th, 2022, 7:00pm-9:00pm ET


By the end of this Circle, participants will leave with...

  • An understanding of how art can be in service of social justice.
  • An understanding about disability justice and its intersections with Blackness

This Circle is ideal for:

  • Artists and cultural organizers who work at the intersections of art and social justice.
  • People who work in disability justice.


Access requests, including interpretation and captioners, can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at  Requests for interpreters and captioners that are made less than 48 hours before the event typically are more difficult to meet. We will try and notify you if we cannot secure requested access. 



Free! Though we appreciate donations from those who can afford to do so.

At PeoplesHub we are committed to communication access, radical hospitality, supporting facilitators, and making our offerings financially accessible. Donations allow us to continue offering programs like this one and pay speakers, tech support leads, interpreters, captioners, and other support staff a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, those who support our trainings work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

October 26th, 2022 from  7:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Free (or Donation)