New Virtual Sensoria Events

The 2020 Sensoria festival had to be canceled, but many Sensoria events have now been adapted for your virtual access and participation. They’re available on the Sensoria website​! Tour the student art show. Watch a student’s short film. Join live “how-to” presentations on civic engagement and goal-setting, even when you have to stay home.

You might even earn extra credit for a relevant class for participating. It doesn’t hurt to ask your instructor. Thanks for checking it out, and stay well.

Spring Book Sale

Need something to read? Central Piedmont’s Central Library will be having its spring book sale during the week of Sensoria!

WHEN: April 8-11, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and April 12, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Central Campus Library, Room 201. (Please note that the library is in a new space this semester. It is the old Advanced Technologies Center building located next to the Citizens Building and the under-construction classroom building.)

Additionally, all other campus libraries will have their book sales going on during regular library hours –

All proceeds from the book sale go to the Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship. To learn more about the scholarship, visit


Central Piedmont Library to Host Variety of Sensoria Events

Central Piedmont Library is sponsoring several events during this year’s Sensoria festival that we would love to have you attend!

Author’s Showcase – “Wicked Charlotte” featuring Stephanie Burt
Stephanie Burt will read from and discuss her book Wicked Charlotte, which delves into the sordid side of the Queen City’s history.

Film Screening – “Night School”
“Night School” is a documentary discussing the daily life and challenges faced by low income Americans in one American city.

Film Screening – “Science Fair”
“Science Fair” documents the attempt by nine high school students to come in first at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Film Screening – “We Are Still Rising”
“We Are Still Rising” tells the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.


Harris Campus to Host Sensoria Events

The Sensoria planning team at Harris Campus wants to highlight three events that are child-friendly and free, with snacks provided.  All great outings and field trip opportunities!

  • Saturday, April 6  “Exploring Theatre with “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” presented by artists from Children’s Theater of Charlotte
    11 a.m.-noon in Harris Campus Auditorium
  • Monday, April 8  Dental Storytime Led by Emily Little of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
    10 a.m. in Central Piedmont Harris Campus Building 1- Student Life Suite
    Hands-on activities related to teeth will occur immediately following the story time
  •  Wednesday, April 10 Explore a Fire Truck and Meet the Fire Fighters – hosted by the Fire Protection Program
    9:30 a.m. A visit from the firefighters
    10 a.m. Barnyard News Puppet Show presented by Troupe 801 of InReach
    * A crowd favorite
    10:45 a.m. Create firefighter and barnyard-themed puppets hosted by the Early Childhood Program

 Sign up for any or all of the events to be entered into a raffle to win a small prize.

Raise Your Hand! 

Do you have a question for your college president, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer? Dialogues with Dr. D on Leadership at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8 (the first weekday of Sensoria!) Dr. D with studentspresents a live opportunity for students in the Halton Theater to hear her interviewed by two Central Piedmont students and to ask her their own questions about her leadership journey. Come if you can!

However, if you can’t be there, please submit a question in advance for consideration.

All submissions will be shared with Dr. Deitemeyer, and some will be read and answered from the stage. Entries won’t be submitted anonymously; we want you to get credit for your great questions! And you can watch the event via live stream (streaming link coming soon).

Audition for the Sensoria Student Showcase

All Central Piedmont students are invited to audition for the 2019 Sensoria Student Showcase.

The Student Showcase will take place on Tuesday, April 9 from 4-6 p.m. (so students should be available for this time).

Interested students must contact Justin Knoll at to sign-up for an audition time on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with auditions available between 2-6 p.m. in Worrell, Room 1112.

Sensoria Comes to CPCC April 6 – 15

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 26th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following highlights:

April 6-8 – CPCC Opera Theatre presents “Elixir of Love”
“L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) will be performed on the Halton stage for the first time in CPCC Opera Theatre’s 20-year history. In this endearing comic opera, a love-sick Nemorino buys the dubious Dr. Dulcamara’s magic potion (it’s really just wine) in order to win the beautiful Adina’s heart.
*ticketed event, visit

April 6-15 – CPCC Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”
“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. This touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years received some of the most powerful critical and popular acclaim of any new playwright’s debut in Broadway history.
*ticketed event, visit

Friday, April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. – Local Music Night at Camp North End
This year’s Sensoria kicks off a new tradition: a spotlight on local music! Come hear the Behailu Band, David Childers and the Serpents, and Patois Counselors in the outdoor Boileryard at Camp North End, CPCC’s partner in this event, which will take place at 1824 Statesville Avenue.

Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – CPCC Dance Theatre presents “Spring Student/Faculty Showcase”
CPCC and Mallard Creek High School dance students perform CPCC faculty works, and a guest aerial artist performs.

Tuesday, April 10,  5 p.m. – CPCC Visual Arts presents “The Annual Juried Student Show”
“The Annual Juried Student Show” showcases top talent among our students at CPCC, highlighting the variety and skill in our Visual Arts program.

Wednesday, April 11, 8 – 9 p.m.  and Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer and she will read from and discuss her work twice, with book signings to follow. Both are free and open to the public, with general admission and no reservations.

Thursday, April 12 – Felicia van Bork presents “color + “color = space”
In collaboration with Jerald Melberg Gallery, CPCC Art Galleries present “color + color = space,” an exhibit of recent collages and paintings by Felicia van Bork.

Friday & Saturday, April 13 and 14 – CPCC and UNC Charlotte Departments of Music Present Britten’s “War Requiem”
Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with performances of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “War Requiem.”
*ticketed event, visit

WHERE: CPCC campuses, including Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte

CONTACT: To see a full calendar of events at all campuses, please visit

Student Life Events

Sex Education Workshop

Thursday, March 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Overcash, Rm 308

Join Student Life and the Mecklenburg County Health Department for a workshop on healthy sex habits, local statistics and other information on how to make safe decisions regarding personal health.


Deaf Jam

Monday, April 3

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1106

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet – creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.


Student Talent Showcase

Tuesday, April 4

7 p.m.

Halton Theater

Come out to see some of CPCC’s best talent at the Sensoria student talent showcase.


HIV/STI Testing

Wednesday, April 5

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Belk, Room 2100

Mecklenburg County Health Department will be on hand for free and confidential HIV and STI testing. Free Condoms and information will also be available.


Read Me Different

Thursday, April 6

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1103

A shock of recognition in social work school leads, award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine, to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships.


Join Us at Sensoria, March 31 – April 9

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history, and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 25th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following events, as listed in the Charlotte Five.

To learn more about the event – including the fact that most events are FREE! – visit the Sensoria website.

Sensoria Performances Are Around the Corner!

2016 Sensoria Banner
Mark your calendars! Sensoria arrives April 8-16, 2016. This year’s festival will feature the following events:
CPCC Theatre
CPCC Theatre is excited to wrap up its 2015-2016 season with Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” April 8 – 17, in Pease Auditorium.

Considered Stoppard’s best-known work, the play follows the duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, a Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy, who finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of “Waiting for Godot” resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

The timing of the production couldn’t be more perfect; April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. As a result, the troupe’s performance of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” is part of a larger, global celebration slated to recognize the Great Bard’s passing.

WHEN: April 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.
April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Individual tickets are $18 and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.
CPCC Opera Theatre

CPCC Opera Theatre will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “The Old Maid and the Thief” and his short, two-act opera “The Medium,” during this year’s Sensoria celebration in the Halton Theater. Both operas have haunting melodies and deal with a common theme of powerful women and their influence, often negative, on the lives of others.

WHEN: April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
April 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $20 and $18, and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.

To view a complete list of Sensoria events, visit

Don’t Just Read a Good Book… Be One!

The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to participate in the Human Library at Harris, a part of Sensoria at Harris! This event takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Harris 1, Room 1235.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library started in Denmark in 2000 as a way to challenge prejudice and stereotypes while fostering understanding among people within a community. As part of the Human Library, readers can borrow a book to learn more about the life experiences faced by the book due to being stereotyped or judged in some way.

What is a book?

Books are people who have volunteered to share their unique experiences or perspective on life—their story. Because of their experiences, books have often been stereotyped by others.

What is a reader?

A reader is a person who is interested in borrowing a book from the Human Library. The reader will spend 30 minutes having a one-on-one conversation with a book about their experiences.

What kind of stories can a book share?

A book can share any experience that they feel comfortable talking about to their readers.

I am interested! How do I sign up?

If you want to share your experiences with a reader, contact Monique Clark at, by phone at 704.330.4618, or stop by the Harris Campus Library (Harris I, Room 2100). Happy reading!

Don’t Just Read a Good Book, Eat It

The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to submit an entry for the Edible Book Fest, a part of Sensoria at Harris!

What is an edible book?

An edible book can be created from anything that can be safely ingested by humans. An edible book can look like a book, be inspired by a book, be a pun on a book’s title, look like a character and more!  Be creative—there’s no limit to the form an edible book can take.

Do I need to be a professional chef to participate?

No! Cooking skills are not required and everyone is encouraged to submit an entry and have fun putting their creativity to the test. You can view examples of edible books at

How do I sign up?

Visit and download the Edible Book Fest entry form (PDF). You can turn in the form in person at the Harris Campus Library, email it to, or send it via snail mail. If you need help, feel free to stop by the Harris Campus Library where our staff members would be happy to assist you. The deadline to submit your entry form is Friday, March 25.

For more details about the Edible Book Fest or to sign up, visit or contact Monique Clark ( Happy reading and eating!

Student Parking Deck #3 to Close April 11

On Saturday, April 11, Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and E. 7th St.) will be closed until around 5 p.m. for maintenance related activities. Students should plan to park in Student Deck 1, ConstructionStudent Deck 2 or one of the surface lots. The deck will re-open in late afternoon and be available for any Sensoria related activities.