FAC Weekly Update

January 20, 2023

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

Another week is in the books, and we are excited for the opportunities that are ahead of us during the second semester of the school year. The Visual Arts students are adjusting to their new classes, presenting their portfolio of work to their classmates and using this opportunity to celebrate each other's artistic accomplishments. Our Creative Writers are hard at work at the upcoming edition of Crashtest Magazine, and the performing arts programs have begun to learn new material for the multitude of spring concerts on our schedule. It is a great time to be a student at the FAC!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

Tickets Coming Soon For...

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Elevate 2023 - Celebrating the Students of the Fine Arts Center

Friday, March 31, 2023

Peace Center Gunter Theatre

Cocktail Hour prior to the Performance

7:00 p.m. - Performance Start Time


Student work from the FAC Visual Arts and Architecture Programs

Outstanding Student Performers from the following FAC Studios

  • Chamber Strings

  • Creating Writing

  • Dance

  • Digital Filmmaking

  • Jazz Studies

  • Percussion

  • Voice

  • Winds

  • Theatre

Tickets - on sale starting January 27 at www.peacecenter.org

Sponsorships Available

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Includes logo in advertising materials and program

  • Four free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Gold Sponsorship - $500

  • Includes logo in program

  • Two free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Silver Sponsorship - $250

  • Includes name in program

Please email vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us for more information on sponsorship. Scan the QR code or go to https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_9fa4fdba-3be6-11ec-ba47-026d3237139f&WidgetId=35840 to pay for your sponsorship or to donate to the event. Indicate “Elevate Sponsorship” in the comment section.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Quotes from our Student Meeting on "Grit"

FAC Core Value - “Grit” - formed by commitment, hard work, integrity, resilience, and perseverance, which are essential to personal and professional achievement.

Denzel Washington:

  • “Dreams without goals are just dreams.”
  • “The gap between goals and achievement is determined by discipline and consistency.”
  • “You need to control your mind to realize what lies in your heart.”
  • “Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” ⁣
  • “Keep working. Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving, keep growing, keep learning.”

David Goggins:

“People have talent. People have a lot of talent. This is (about) going beyond your talent…

When there is no more talent, what happens to you? Most people quit. Most people only go to the edge of their talent level, and once their talent level is reached, it becomes a mental game. And they realize, ‘why am I always messing up here?’ ‘Why is this my big hurdle?’ It is because you are performing to your talent. And then after that, your mind has nothing for you.”

Kenny Werner:

“Hell on earth is waking up with expectations every morning and going to sleep disappointed in yourself every night.”

Roy Fluhrer

"Excellence is not a single act, but a daily expectation."


Congratulations - Dance Pre-Professional Studio

Congratulations to the students of our Dance Pre-Professional Studio (1:30 p.m. class) for being selected to perform at the Festival Gala for the National High School Dance Festival at Point Park University! The students will be performing the work, "UNALOME," which was choregraphed for the class by guest artist Carlos DeBarros.

Upcoming Guest Artists

Glenis Redmond - Dance Studio - January 24

Glenis Redmond is grounded in many worlds as a Poet, Teaching Artist, and Imagination Activist. She is the recipient of South Carolina’s highest award in the arts, The Governor’s Award. She is a Kennedy Center teaching artist and Cave Canem poet. She is widely published and also a dynamic performer and has presented all around the country and the world for both students and audiences of all ages. In 2022, Glenis was honored as the Poet Laureate for South Carolina.

Glenis' connection to the Fine Arts Center is significant and lasting. She was the Guest Speaker at the 2022 FAC Commencement and was recognized as our school's first Honorary Graduate last summer. She will be the poetic touchstone in text and movement for the dance students, helpful them to craft an original work entitled, "Stardust," for the FAC Dance Spring Concert.

The Parrini Trio - Strings Chamber Music - February 6-10, 2023

As part of our partnership with the Peace Center, the Parrini Trio will be artists-in-residence at the FAC from February 6-10. They will present a concert in the Sutherlin Recital Hall on Wednesday, February 8.

The piano trio consists of piano, violin, and cello, and is an important ensemble throughout the history of strings chamber music. This group is composed of three world-class musicians who are outstanding educators as well.

Fabio Parrini - Piano

Fabio Parrini’s activity includes radio and studio recordings (with solo programs for the Italian National Radio in Rome and the German Swiss Radio in Zurich, and chamber music programs for American public stations), live broadcasts, solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, and collaborations with orchestras, choirs, summer festivals, opera productions, and educational programs, mostly in Italy and the US.

Naho Parrini - Violin

A native of Japan, Naho has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, France and Bulgaria. She received her BM from North Carolina University School of the Arts and her MM and DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers included Kevin Lawrence, Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.

Alberto Parrini - Cello

Alberto is principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and a member of the American Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He performs regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Lighthouse Chamber Players, Richardson Chamber Players, New Jersey Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera. With the Zukofsky Quartet he has given performances of the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago.

Hamilton Altstatt - Recording Arts - February 22, 2023

Professor Hamilton Altstatt will be visiting the FAC on February 22 to present to our Recording Arts students. He is a veteran composer, sound designer, and digital media specialist who teaches in the Clemson Department of Music audio engineering program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a guitar performance degree from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

Formerly the director of audio production for such companies as Disney Interactive and Knowledge Adventure, and more recently director of media services at Idealab, Prof. Altstatt has music and sound credits on over 80 interactive titles, including best sellers such as “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Dinosaur Adventure,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Casper,” “Descent,” and Steven Spielberg’s “MovieMaker.” He has produced music for some of the top music libraries in the entertainment industry, such as APM, Sonoton, and 5 Alarm Music. Prof. Altstatt’s work has been placed in nationally syndicated shows, such as ABC’s “Lost,” The Speed Channel’s “Behind the Wheel,” and G4’s “Tech TV.” He has served as a contributing composer for popular animated TV series, such as “The Sitting Ducks” and “Jimmy Neutron,” and his music is regularly featured on radio and television throughout the world. “Stoned Cold,” “We R Family,” and “Half-Caste” are among the independent films that showcase Prof. Altstatt’s music.

Jennifer Graff - Ceramics - February 23, 2023

Jennifer Graff is currently a Professor of Art at the University of North Georgia where she has been teaching all levels and processes of ceramics for the past 16 years. Recent notable exhibitions include a 2018 solo exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Georgia, and The Emerging National Exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia.

Jennifer attended art school at Alfred University in Alfred, New York where she earned a B.F.A. in ceramics and painting. After graduating, she worked as a production potter’s apprentice in her home state of Pennsylvania. Soon after her apprenticeship, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was hired to manage the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ceramics studio and teach wheel throwing, hand building, and glaze formulation courses.

The pursuit of a graduate degree brought her south to Athens, Georgia where she earned a M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Jen then worked for two years as an assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. For the next several years, she earned a living as a studio potter and taught in various ceramic centers in the region.


FAC Application - ONE More Week!

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2023-2024 School Year is now open via the GCS Student Backpack account. All current FAC students must re-apply for next year - please take care of this now so that it does not fall off your radar.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Carson Moore - Spartanburg Little Theatre

FAC Jazz Studies student Carson Moore (Grade 12) is playing banjo for Spartanburg Little Theatre's production of Bright Star. The show runs January 13-22. For more information, please visit https://spartanburglittletheatre.com/.

SC Children's Theatre - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

FAC Theatre Student Claire Quackenbush (grade 9) is working spotlight on the crew for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. For more information, please click on the following link - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/the-miraculous-journey-of-edward-tulane/.

FAC Jazz All-Stars - February 15 @ Genevieve's

The Peace Center is proud to present the Fine Arts Center Jazz All Stars concerts in Genevieve’s. Now in its fifth year, the Fine Arts Center concert series prepares student musicians for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by giving them a resume-building, professional opportunity to perform in paid settings.

The February 15 show is nearly sold out! Act fast to grab your ticket at - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/fac-jazz-all-stars-3.

Greer Children's Theatre - The Lion King, Jr.

Come out and support the FAC students who are performing in The Lion King, Jr. at the Greer Children's Theatre.

  • Ellie Hambrook - Design and Production
  • Jules Higginbotham - Jazz Studies
  • Ben Turner - Theatre
  • Molly Wareham - Theatre

Show Dates: Feb 24-26 & March 3-5, 2023
Location: The Cannon Centre
​204 Cannon Street, Greer, SC, 29651

Tickets - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/68752


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Scholarship: National Scholarship selectees (Navy, Nurse and Marine Options) must attend and complete New Student Indoctrination during the summer (during July) prior to reporting to their assigned Unit. The NROTC scholarship is merit based and, once activated, minimum levels of academic, aptitude, and physical fitness performance are required to maintain the scholarship. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements/ Deadline: 1/31/23

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a non-academic cash prize ($1,000) for high school students who have done work to advance racial equity in their high schools or communities. We select a winner from 29 different regions around the country, and in addition to the cash prize, winners attend an all-expenses-paid symposium on racial justice and advocacy at Princeton University in the spring. The application is open now until January 31, 2023. More information can be found here or on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations website: https://pprize.princeton.edu/

James F. Byrnes Foundation - $4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Wofford Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Fine Arts Scholarship, which provides for approximately a third of tuition costs over four years. This substantial scholarship is designed both to recognize the work of serious studio artists and to facilitate their continued artistic and academic growth throughout their Wofford careers. Prospective first-year Studio Art majors planning to matriculate in Fall 2023 may apply to receive this scholarship, which can be combined with any other scholarships they may receive. To apply, please follow this link to find instructions on submitting a portfolio before the February 1st deadline https://www.wofford.edu/admission/scholarships/art-and-art-history-scholarship

Watson-Brown Foundation - Provides need and merit based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. February 8, 2022

The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 13, 2023

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20, 2023

Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25 mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2022

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!


  • Wednesday, February 8 - Parrini Trio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, February 15 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m., Peace Center

  • Wednesday, February 22 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital; 7:00 p.m., 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