FAC Weekly Update

May 6, 2022

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

We've had a terrific week at the FAC! Congrats to our Strings Chamber Music students and our Advanced Topics in Theatre students on their outstanding performances. Don't forget to come out to Artisphere this weekend to support our Visual Arts, Theatre, Jazz, and Chamber Strings students - the schedule is listed in the "FAC STUDENTS PERFORMING IN THE COMMUNITY" section of the newsletter. Also - next Friday is our first annual downtown showcase, Elevate. Tickets are selling fast, and you still have until Wednesday to grab an event sponsorship. Act now to be a part of an amazing evening!

Here's the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Self-Sabotage: Getting Out of Your Own Way (part 2)

Self-Sabotaging Traits and Remedies:

6. Expecting failure.

  • Remedy - predetermine a positive picture, plan for a positive outcome, eliminate negative options.

7. Being unable to learn from others. This type of person has an "I" problem: infallible, inflexible, insecure.

  • Remedy - hang around smarter people than yourself. Soon, you will either start learning from them or be left behind.

8. Refusing the take a risk.

  • Remedy - Get bigger goals and get around bigger people.

9. Undisciplined living. This is very costly with your time, your energy, your goals, and your mood.

  • Remedy - Set standards that require accountability. Work by the standards, not your moods.

10. Being stopped by failure. People who are stopped by failure see it from a personal perspective; people who are not stopped by failure see it from a process perspective.

  • Remedy - lighten up, don't take everything so personally, focus on the possibilities instead of the liabilities, and never stay down.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Podcast

Thank you - from the FAC Parent Guild

The FAC Parent Guild would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our Staff Appreciation Week festivities! We were able to provide our amazing FAC staff with a muffin & yogurt bar breakfast, all-day snack & drink bar, two luncheons, and a FAC logo cooler containing a meal for their whole family. Best of all, students wrote hundreds of notes of appreciation to the staff. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make all of this possible!

Kristin P. Bailey



Congrats to Emily Allison - "Poetry Ourselves" National Champion

Emily Allison, a sophomore in the FAC Creative Writing Program, has been named National Champion in the National Endowment for the Arts' "Poetry Ourselves" competition! Emily's work, "galatea," was selected as the winner of the Written category. You can view her work here - https://www.arts.gov/initiatives/poetry-out-loud/poetry-ourselves/galatea.

Congratulations, Emily!

Music Club of Greenville Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following Fine Arts Center students who have been named recipients of a scholarship from the Music Club of Greenville!

  • Tom and Edna Hartness Scholarship – Preston Spisak, marimba
  • The Beverly Henderson Music Education/Therapy Scholarship – Andrew Addis, jazz piano
  • The Music Club of Greenville Scholarship – Alexandra Jennings, double bass
  • Tom and Edna Hartness Scholarship - Charlie Sanderson, viola and baritone voice
  • The Richard Kilpatrick Scholarship – Hunter Ballard, Musical Theatre, tenor
  • The Lucille Ward Scholarship (renewable for four years) – Hayley Glenn, soprano

Visual Arts Accolades

We have received good news from a number of adjudicated art shows, and are working to accurate compile and publicize the achievements of our FAC Visual Artists. Stay tuned for more details, coming in the near future!

Visual Arts Senior Exhibition

The 2022 FAC Visual Arts Senior Exhibition is now open! Visitors are welcome to view the show by following these procedures:

  • Call the FAC Main Office to make an appointment to see the show - (864) 355-2550.
  • Gallery hours are Monday through Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Bring your driver's license when you come to the school - our security personnel will provide you a visitor's badge through our computer screening system.
  • Enjoy the show!

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Don't miss the Virtuosic Saxophone Quartet's Recital, featuring:

  • Landon Taylor, soprano saxophone
  • Evan Smith, alto saxophone
  • Thomas Carter, tenor saxophone
  • Zach Sanderson, baritone saxophone

Monday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sutherlin Recital Hall. Admission is Free!


Check Us Out at Artisphere!

The Fine Arts Center has outstanding representation at this year's Artisphere! Please come out to support the following programs:

Visual Arts - https://artisphere.org/exhibit/fine-arts-center-student-teacher-exhibition/

  • Located at the south end of the festival at Main and Wardlaw

Music and Theatre - https://artisphere.org/performing-arts-schedule/

  • Friday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. - FAC Theatre performing at the Furman University Performance Plaza
  • Saturday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. - FAC Jazz performing at the Furman University Performance Plaza
  • Sunday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. - FAC Chamber Strings performing at the Furman University Performance Plaza

Greenville County Youth Orchestras - Spring Concerts


Saturday, May 7, 2022 7:30 PM; Peace Center Gunter Theater


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:00 PM; Peace Center Concert Hall

For more information - https://gcyo.net/season/

Carolina Youth Symphony - May 8, 2022

Carolina Youth Symphony (CYS) Senior Honors Concert

May 8, 2022

3:00 PM

Furman University
McAlister Auditorium
Tickets and audio/video recordings may be purchased at the door (cash/check) or online via Eventbrite.

FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's

Don't miss the final FAC Jazz event of the school year at the Peace Center - the FAC Jazz All-Stars!

Wednesday, May 11

7:30 p.m.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-jazz-all-stars-4

Poetry Readings - May 14 at the Velo Fellow

Come out to support our FAC Creative Writing students at the Velo Fellow in downtown Greenville Saturday, May 14. The event starts at noon, with FAC students reading at around 3:00 p.m.

The Sound of Music - SC Children's Theatre

We have three students and one faculty member as part of the cast of The Sound of Music at the SC Children's Theatre! Running from May 6-May 22, tickets are available at https://scchildrenstheatre.org/the-sound-of-music/. Please be sure to support...

  • Lexi Howard (Grade 11, Voice)
  • Bella Majarais (Grade 9, Theatre)

  • Christiana Negron (Grade 12, Theatre)
  • Claire Shirley (Grade 10, Voice)
  • Hunter Ballard (Grade 11, Voice)
  • Danielle Knox (FAC Voice Instructor and Music Department Chair)



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Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.


Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • May 9 - Saxophone Quartet Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • May 11 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center, 7:30 p.m., Genevieve's
  • May 13 - Elevate Downtown Showcase, 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour, 7:00 p.m. Performance; Gunter Theater (ticketed event)
  • May 16 - Preston Spisak: Senior Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • May 21 - Senior Dance Showcase - Dance Arts Greenville, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 23 - Aidan Wilson: Senior Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • May 24 - Commencement Rehearsal for Seniors, 4:30 p.m., WHHS Auditorium
  • May 25 - FAC Commencement, 6:00 p.m., WHHS Auditorium (ticketed event)
  • May 27 - FAC Film Screening, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall

Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools

Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.

Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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