FAC Weekly Update

February 26, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

Believe it or not our Seniors have only 10 weeks of instruction remaining in their FAC career; our underclassmen have 12 weeks of instruction remaining in the school year. We have come so far, and I believe the best is yet to come for the school year. Our Commencement date, time, and location have been announced, and we continue to plan for live performances (done in a safe, socially-distanced manner). I'm looking forward to sharing details with you as soon as we have our plans completed.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Don't Take Things Personally

“This may seem obvious, but I see all the time where people take things personally. Don't take anything personally. It is hard to do this. You have to fight your ego to avoid taking things personally. Even when people ask for critique points, they often get mad when they actually hear them. Don't allow yourself to do that. Don't take criticism personally.

  • Not about the plan you came up with.
  • Not about the idea you had.
  • Not about the presentation you gave.
  • Not about the decision you made.
Even when your biggest rival, the last person you want to hear from, has something to say, listen. Even when someone you don't think is on your level, someone who isn't even close to having the knowledge, position, or authority to give you one iota of feedback wants to speak, even then, do yourself a favor and just listen. Detach and listen to what they have to say and, from an objective mind-set, see if you can learn anything at all from their commentary. Then apply it. And say thank you. I know that stings. Get over yourself. This takes humility, but it will make you better."

Jocko Willink, "Leadership Strategy and Tactics," pgs. 187-188.

Congratulations to Lillian Mozie!

Congratulations to 9th Grader Lillian Mozie (Dance) on being accepted into the prestigious Julliard Dance Online Experience! This summer program features instruction from world-class dance instructors, offered this year through a virtual learning environment. Way to go, Lilly!

Summer Intensive Programs - Request for Financial Support

The FAC Partners have earmarked $10,000 to support 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 April 23, 2021, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wunVFjRdEX72bob69.

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


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Service above Self – Rotary Scholarship – March 1 deadline

    The Rotary Club of Greenville awards the Service Above Self Scholarship that is funded through Rotary Charities Inc., the 501(c)(3) affiliated with the club. This prestigious award is a renewable grant of up to $5,000 per year for 4 years for a total potential award of $20,000. The scholarship will be awarded to a Greenville County graduating high school senior with exceptional community service and academic performance. The recipient will be a student who exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” through his or her contributions to the community and future potential to continue to further the Rotary mission. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


  • 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

  • NEW - VSA International Young Soloists Award

    Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! Each year outstanding young musicians from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to participate in professional development and performance opportunities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Deadline - March 2, 2021 https://www.kennedy-center.org/.../vsa-international.../

  • 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.

  • NEW - Alice Watkins Scholarship - $10,000 - Must be graduating senior at Wade Hampton High School and must be planning to attend accredited higher education institution in SC. Must declare major in English, Literature or Poetry (preference given to poetry) 3.0 GPA. Apply at www.cfgreenville.org/scholarshipsIf you have questions about the scholarship process or application, please contact Debbie Cooper at 864-331-8414 or email her at dcooper@cfgreenville.org Application opens March 1 and closes April 16

  • NEW - Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    The foundation for a successful career begins with education, but Dolphin Galleries recognizes that attending a college or university may not be feasible for all students and their families. Having been in the Art industry for over 42 years Dolphin Galleries recognizes the importance of the visual arts as a preservation and expression of culture. We would like to give the opportunity to the next generation of artists, designers, sculptures, painters, etc. to continue following their artistic and creative passion. Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university during the upcoming academic year, be in good academic standing, and planning to or currently pursuing an arts-related major or minor. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. Deadline: July 20, 2021. https://dolphingalleries.com/pages/scholarship


  • March 25 - FAC Chamber Strings Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

*Please note that all events at the FAC will have reserved seating due to social distancing guidelines. We will send specific details out to the parents of students who are involved in the performance. There will be strict procedures in place relative to mask-wearing and social distancing for all performances, as well as entry and exit procedures for the venue. Again, all of this will be clearly communicated prior to the event. We appreciate your cooperation, and are excited to start performing again!

Students Performing in the Greenville Community

Be sure to check out the Greer Cultural Arts Council’s production of 12 Dancing Princesses. This production includes the following FAC Students:
  • Caroline Belangia
  • Andrew Cooter
  • Bella Lawrence
  • Annabel Poinsette (production team)
  • Erin Poinsette (production team)
  • Ben Turner
  • Vittoria Swalm
Click on the following link for more information - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_O-AN1avmiJCTtiGyvXE7-uQuRktHewf/view?usp=sharing.

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.


Congratulations - FAC Voice Students!

Congratulations to Aaron Forster, Nalla Fisher, Hayley Glenn, and Annabel Poinsette who competed in the SCNATS Classical competition and earned placement into the regional competition!

Hayley Glenn was the highest score in her division and was chosen to sing on the virtual honors recital.

Way to go!

Region Orchestra and Band Honors

Parent Engagement Committee - thank you to all who attended our Zoom meeting on February 2, 2021. If you missed the meeting but are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, where you can have an active role in supporting our students and school, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

Wish List - FAC Equipment

Based on feedback from the Parent Guild meeting, I am sharing with you a working document that serves as our Wish List. Please click on the following link to access the list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wr_aHAWv3NUTw1e3Oqzb8lUAs6u3zRNXdUPiU24c7Es/edit?usp=sharing.

GCS provides us with a generous budget, but as a pre-professional training ground for aspiring artists, at times we will need to augment what we are given in order to meet professional industry standards. Instead of continuing to ask for donations without stating specific needs, we felt that providing a list would be helpful to our parents who are looking to financially support the school.

This document will be updated regularly. Please reach out to Mr. Popat with any questions. Donations can be made through the following link:


Treats for the FAC Staff

Thank you to all of the families that have donated to the Woot Woot wagon - the teachers love having this special treat!

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.



COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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