FAC Weekly Update

January 29, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a terrific week!

We always try to add new information to the Weekly Update so that our FAC Family stays engaged and inspired. Be sure to check out...

  • Information on our Strategic Arts Plan
  • The start of our recognitions for the Class of 2021
  • The upcoming Zoom meeting with the FAC Partners' Parent Engagement Committee
  • New scholarships added weekly to the list (look for the word NEW next to the scholarship)

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

Congratulations - Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the following FAC Strings Chamber Music Students who successfully auditioned for Region Orchestra!

Grades 9-10

Ella Hale, violin

Jessica Amos, violin

Nadia Rhodes, assistant principal viola

Michelle West, principal cello

Carter Saccocio, cello

Bailey Ceurvorst, cello

Braden Anderson, cello (alternate)

Sophia Alakbarova, bass

Grades 11-12

Julia Rhyne, 1st violin

Claire Taylor, 1st violin

Nicole Bedoya, 1st violin

Philip Rawlinson, principal viola

Gabe Boyd, assistant principal viola

Charles Sanderson, viola

Sarah Dixon, viola

Will Rawlinson, principal cello

Chloe Arnold, assistant principal cello

Ali Jennings, principal string bass

Fine Arts Center - Strategic Arts Plan

The Strategic Arts Plan for the Fine Arts Center was created by a team of Instructors and Administrators during the summer of 2020. Using input from students, parents, and faculty that was collected throughout the 2019-2020 School Year, research of best practices of high-performing arts high schools, and historical data from the 40-plus years of the Fine Arts Center, the plan sets a compass for the growth of the school over a 5-year period. It is important to note that this is a working document that will change as conditions change and as progress is made. While this sets a course for us, the course can evolve in order to meet the ever-changing environment that we live in.

Please take a moment to click on the link above, or go to the following website to learn more - https://www.fineartscenter.net/page.asp?titleid=strategy.

Spotlight on Our Seniors!

FAC Seniors (and Parents):

The Fine Arts Center Partners would like to spotlight and celebrate the members of the Senior class! We are interested in hearing about the experiences you've had and the valuable lessons you've learned through the years at FAC. The spotlights are an opportunity to share your voice and perspective with the community, to let folks know about what's most rewarding about being a student at FAC, and to highlight your awesome accomplishments. Please take a minute to complete the following Google Form - https://forms.gle/wkQRiU5YAZsCHhec7. We've included space for you to upload a short video testimonial (60-90 seconds) and to upload your favorite headshot.

You can find our Senior Spotlights on Instagram beginning next month!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


“If you desire to be successful and to be the best leader you can possibly be, you cannot settle for the familiar. You cannot live in your comfort zone. You need to be willing to be uncomfortable. You need to embrace the words of American Giant, the manufacturer of what they call the greatest sweatshirt ever made. In an ad highlighting their own willingness to be uncomfortable in order to achieve excellence, they say:

  • Comfortable isn't comfortable.
  • Comfortable never got up before dawn.
  • Comfortable won't get its hands dirty.
  • Comfortable has nothing to prove.
  • Comfortable can't get the job done.
  • Comfortable doesn't have new ideas.
  • Comfortable won't dive in head first.
  • Comfortable has no guts.
  • Comfortable never dares to be great.
  • Comfortable falls apart at the seams.
  • Don't get comfortable.

Don't ever get comfortable. Make the shift to abundance. Get out on the edge. Break new ground. Seize opportunity. Get creative."

John C. Maxwell, Leadershift - The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, p. 125-126.

Students Performing in the Greenville Community

  • Two of our Jazz students, Robbie Heyde and Ava Ramsey, are playing a duo gig on Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14th - from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at Maestro's Bistro and Dinner Club. They will be playing in the main restaurant area. Robbie can also be heard performing regularly at Maestro's Bistro, Southern Culture, and Sweet Sippin' (Simpsonville). Please go to their websites for the full music schedule!

Is your child performing at this time? If so, please send me an email so that I can share the event(s) with our FAC Family. Email me at vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us.


The Fine Arts Center Partners' Parent Engagement Committee is looking for your help with...Parent Engagement! We want to hear from you about the ways you would like to be involved in the FAC. Please mark your calendar for:

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m.

We'll meet via Zoom at the following link - https://greenvilleschools.zoom.us/j/88085308392?pwd=WklObWFLaFc1MkxMVU5KTVJpQ3A1dz09.

The meeting will be recorded in case we have over 250 participants. However, we hope to have as many people attend in person as possible so that we can have a productive conversation. See you soon!

Summer Intensive Study - Scholarship Funds Available!

The Fine Arts Center Partners have pledged $10,000 towards financial assistance for our students to participate in Summer Intensive Programs! Many of our students choose to apply to programs hosted by major art institutions - The Juilliard School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Interlochen, and many more upper-echelon programs that provide top-notch training. These programs often involve travel, room, and boarding expenses, and we hope to use these funds to help offset the costs to our students.

An application will be shared in the near future, where students can outline their goals and the accompanying program costs. The priority of funding will be given to students who are P.I.P. status or demonstrate financial need through the application.

Many thanks to our Partners for their generosity!


Scholarship Opportunities

  • NEW - James F. Brynes 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, 2021

  • 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. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The 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. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - 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 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 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. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • NEW - Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

    Andrew Lloyd Webber University Scholarships provide resources and support to high school seniors from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre industry who demonstrate exceptional talent and economic need but have a lack of financial resources to attend college to study theatre. Students can apply for a scholarship to study ANY aspect of theatre from stage management to arts administration, design to performance, and many more. Up to $10,000 renewable for four years. https://alwinitiative.secure-platform.com/a/page/UniversityScholarships Deadline to Apply-February 26, 2021

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.


Resources for the New Attendance Plan

Confused about the new attendance plan? Please go to our new webpage that contains resources on the 75% Attendance Plan. We have downloadable calendars and an infographic that should help you and your child manage the new schedule.


COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



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