The Parr Arts & Humanities series brings renowned authors, artists, and performers to Central Piedmont Community College for the benefit of the college, its students, and the Charlotte community. The four annual offerings will inspire and delight audiences, furthering an appreciation for the arts and humanities and the role that those areas play in our lives.

Over the course of each academic year, the series will feature presentations that provoke interesting conversations, provide opportunities for student and community engagement, and explore relevant and timely topics.

All events will take place in the theater in the Parr Center. This state-of-the-art theater seats 450 and includes a full orchestra acoustic shell, dance floor, and video conferencing/streaming capabilities.

Special thanks to our sponsors of this inaugural season.


2023-2024 SEASON

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September 19, 2023 at 7 p.m. • Kate Andersen Brower

"A Tradition of Discretion, Loyalty & Hospitality at the White House"

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of New York Times bestsellers "The Residence" and "First Women", as well as "Team Of Five," "First In Line," and the children's book "Exploring the White House." "The Residence" is being made into a television series produced by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. Her forthcoming book, "Elizabeth Taylor," is the first authorized biography of the icon.

She is a CNN contributor and she covered the Obama administration for Bloomberg News and Businessweek and traveled as part of the White House press corps. She also covered First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. On September 19, 2023, Central Piedmont welcomes Kate to the stage to discuss "A Tradition of Discretion, Loyalty & Hospitality at the White House," a thorough look at contemporary presidents and the people that supported them in the office and at home.
Dancers from Dimensions Dance Theatre pose in contemporary style

October 17, 2023 at 7 p.m. • Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

"Signature Works"

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami (DDTM) is a bold, cutting-edge contemporary ballet company founded in 2016 by former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancers Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra. In three short years, DDTM has continued to earn national recognition thanks to a dazzling repertoire and dynamic world-class dancers hailing from various Hispanic, North, and South American backgrounds. The troupe's profound energy and electricity truly reflect the unique cultural vibrancy and allure of their home city, Miami. Following rave reviews from their 2022 tour, DDTM's "Signature Works" will be tailored especially for Central Piedmont's audiences and will include the exciting world premiere of Voyager, by Choreographer-in-Residence Yanis Eric Pikieris, a former dancer with the Charlotte Ballet.
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February 8, 2024 at 7 p.m. • Kat Vellos

"The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships"

What is "social health" and why is it better for your well-being than eating broccoli and doing pushups? Why do 61% of Americans report feeling lonely on a regular basis, even though they have 15,237 notifications buzzing on their phone? Why is making friends as an adult harder than trying to file your taxes during a heavy metal concert? Kat Vellos, author of We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships will share solutions to these and many more connection conundrums on February 8, 2024, at Central Piedmont Community College. In this engaging, educational, and humorous presentation, you'll learn why connection in the digital age can be so tough (it's not just in your head!) and you'll walk away with clear, exciting action steps for creating more fruitful friendships in your life, no matter your age or life stage.
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April 11, 2024 at 7 p.m. • Matthew Whitaker Quintet

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. He was named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Whitaker has had years of music instruction. He previously studied classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in NYC. He also studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. Whitaker graduated from the BA Jazz Studies program at Juilliard in New York City in May 2023.

2023-2024 Parr Series Sponsors


Brighthouse Financial


SECU State Employee's Credit Union

Hospitality Sponsor

Hampton by Hilton Hilton Garden Inn
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Community Partner

The Charlotte Center for the Humanities & Civic Imagination