FAC Weekly Update

March 4, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you have had a wonderful week! Our eyes are on the prize at the FAC...the prize being a calendar full of opportunities for our students. We are hard at work preparing for AP Music Theory, AP Art Portfolios, Performing Arts Events, Art Shows, and so much more. Please remember to mark your calendar with our upcoming events so that all of our students have a large and appreciative audience to support their efforts.

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Failing Backward Versus Failing Forward

"Look at the way any achiever approaches negative experiences, and you can learn a lot about how to fail forward. Read through these two lists and determine which one describes your approach to failure:

Failing Backward

  • Blaming others
  • Repeating the same mistakes
  • Expecting never to fail again
  • Expecting to continually fail
  • Accepting tradition blindly
  • Being limited by past mistakes
  • Thinking, "I am a failure"
  • Quitting

Failing Forward

  • Taking responsibility
  • Learning from each mistake
  • Knowing failure is a part of progress
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Challenging outdated assumptions
  • Taking new risks
  • Believing something didn't work
  • Persevering

Think about a recent setback you experienced. How did you respond? No matter how difficult your problems were, the key to overcoming them doesn't lie in changing your circumstances. It's in changing yourself. That in itself is a process, and it begins with the desire to be teachable. If you're willing to do that, then you'll be able to handle failure. From this moment on, make a commitment to do whatever it takes to fail forward."

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader, p.71 (March 3)

Congratulations to Charles Sanderson!

FAC Senior Charles Sanderson (Voice, Chamber Strings) has been selected as the 2022 Spring Sing Scholarship Winner!

What is the Spring Sing Scholarship?

The Pleasantburg Rotary in partnership with the Greenville Federal Credit Union sponsors a one-time $1,500 scholarship for a graduating senior who plans to be involved in choral music in college and participated in Spring Sing while in elementary or middle school. Applicants selected as semifinalists met with a panel of judges for an in-person interview. The winner of the Spring Sing Scholarship will perform a solo at the 2022 Spring Sing Concert on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Fountain Inn High School.

Congratulations to Emily Esteban!

Congratulations to Fine Arts Center senior dance student Emily Esteban! The piece Emily choreographed, ‘Shrine Out,’ was awarded honorable mention, the third-highest honor, at the Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival in Vancouver, Washington.

‘Shrine Out’ was performed by Fine Arts Center dancers Eliza Hyatt, Jessica Lyons, Marsh Kral, Morgan Thompson, and Zeke Barton.

Workshop for FAC Parents - March 30, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, Mr. Popat will present a workshop for parents titled, "Mind Games: How Boys and Girls Learn, and How Knowing This Helps You as a Parent." The workshop will be held in the FAC Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP using the following link - https://forms.gle/ShP6EvLSPZcQssSj8.

New FAC Merch for Sale!

We will have samples of the new FAC merch in the lobby before and after class. Click on the following link to access a Google Form to place orders - https://forms.gle/Scw3F56rrCgtvpHm6.

Payment must be either via Venmo or a check made out to "FAC Parent Guild." Orders will be processed once payment is received.


Guest Artist - Helen Elliott

The Metals department had the pleasure of hosting visiting artist Helen Elliott this week. Ms. Elliott, originally from Jamaica, was introduced to enameling in England and earned her MFA at Kent State University in Ohio. Ms. Elliott's artwork is featured prominently Material has a Memory, the current exhibition in the FAC's Sheffield Wood Gallery. To see the exhibition online, click here. For more information about Ms. Elliott, click here. Ms. Elliott gave a presentation about enameling, held a gallery talk, and conducted a workshop with metals students using industrial enamel and steel.

Guest Artist - West Hyler

West Hyler is an internationally recognized theatre director (who also taught at the FAC for one year in 2001-02). His recent touring show Air Play, just opened in NYC at the New Victory Theatre. Additionally, West was the Producing Artistic Director of the New York Musical Festival.West is in residency with the FAC Advanced Theatre Ensemble for 4 weeks, teaching clowning of the highest (the non-red nosed or scary makeup-faced) caliber.

For more about West, please go to - westhyler.com.


Callisto Quartet at the Peace Center

On Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., the String Quartet in Residence at the FAC - The Callisto Quartet - will host a special performance at Genevieve's. Please take advantage of this opportunity to see one of the world's finest string quartets in concert performance. Ticket information can be found here - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-callisto-quartet.

The Callisto Quartet's Residency at the Fine Arts Center has been made possible by generous funding from:

The Peace Center

The Elbert W Rogers Foundation

Metropolitan Arts Council

The Fine Arts Center Partners

FAC Jazz All-Stars Return to the Peace Center

Don't miss the first of two jazz concerts at the Peace Center this semester - Wednesday, March 16 at Genevieve's Lounge. This performance will feature Leah Rutherford, Blake Slaughter, Carson Moore, Miles Jernigan, and Patrick Lane. For tickets, click the link below.


Please come out and support these wonderful student musicians!

"The Lost Melody" at the Fine Arts Center

Don't miss the chance to see a world-class jazz trio perform at our very own Sutherlin Recital Hall. Originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, "The Lost Melody" is finally coming to Greenville to share its music with our community. They will perform a FREE concert on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and will spend Thursday, April 7 in the Jazz Studio working with our AM and PM students.

Keep an eye on the Weekly Update for information on how to reserve your seat for the performance.


Scholarship Opportunities

South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program

Since 1997 the South Carolina State Fair has awarded scholarships to students across the state of South Carolina. The 2022 scholarship application and eligibility requirements are now available at www.scstatefair.org. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

AHAM Scholarship

The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following ahamsc.org/scholarship. The deadline is March 19, 2022.

Regions "Riding Foward" Scholarship Contest

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who live in states with Regions Bank full-service branches and will attend an accredited college during the 2022-2023 academic school year. (15 scholarships will be awarded for Written Essay submissions and 15 scholarships will be awarded for Video Essay submissions.). https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-and-inclusion/supporting-our-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline - March 31, 2022.

School Links has a comprehensive scholarship list. Log into your student account. Click on Finances and Scholarship Matching.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


Carolina Youth Symphony - Spring Concert

Don't miss the CYS Spring Concert - this Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Furman University's McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. For more information, please click on the following link - https://carolinayouthsymphony.org/.

"The Cat in the Hat" - SC Children's Theatre

Please consider supporting FAC's own Tesia Hennessey (Grade 9, FAC Theatre) in the SC Children's Theatre production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. For ticket information, please visit https://scchildrenstheatre.org/dr-seusss-the-cat-in-the-hat/.

"The Little Mermaid" - Greer Children's Theatre

Come see FAC students Shamaiah Brown (Theater), Erin Poinsette (Design and Production), Vittoria Swalm (Theater), Ellie Hambrook (Design and Production), Sarah Poinsette (Voice), and Ben Turner (Theater) in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "The Little Mermaid."

Performances are March 4-5 and 11-13.

Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61215.

"Arabian Nights" - Carolina Ballet Theatre

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Arabian Nights - featuring a number of students from our FAC Dance Studio. Performance dates and ticket information are as follows:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 12 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-14

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!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs
  • March 7-11 - Callisto Quartet Residency, FAC Chamber Strings Program
  • March 9 - Callisto Quartet Concert at the Peace Center
  • March 15 - Chamber Strings Recital; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 16 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center; Genevieve's Lounge
  • March 17 - The Next Generation: A Concert of Creative Minds; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 29 - Architecture Gallery Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery


FAC Anti-Prom is Back!

Save the date - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - for the annual FAC Anti-Prom!

What's Anti-Prom, you ask?

  • Anti-Prom is a fun school dance for all FAC Students, Grades 9-12.
  • No fancy dresses or tuxedos - we dress to the theme or just dress casually.
  • No dates required. Come and have a great time with your FAC friends.
  • Students bring food to share - more details to follow.
  • Tickets are very affordable - info to follow.

This will be our first Anti-Prom since 2020. We look forward to a memorable evening together!

Does your child want to be on the Anti-Prom Committee? Please have them email Morgan McClain at mmccla7815@greenvilleschools.us.

Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

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  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

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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.

FAC Class Rings

Class Ring order forms were shared with all FAC Juniors, and are to be turned in next Thursday - March 10. Herff-Jones will be in the FAC lobby next Thursday before each class session to collect forms and answer questions.