FAC Weekly Update

September 25, 2020

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

Fall is upon us, and the cooler weather is certainly most welcome to the folks at the FAC. Our students continue to do a fabulous job in Attendance Plan 2. We must continue to remain diligent in adhering to social distancing guidelines and mask requirements, as what we are doing is working and we are on track to keep progressing towards a full return to school.

Some highlights of this week's update include:

  • Our usual student leadership lesson - be sure to share this with your child
  • Information about the new FAC Partners Board of Directors
  • More good news from our Alumni
  • College Fair Information

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Don't Make Assumptions

We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real. We make assumptions about what others are doing or thinking — we take it personally — then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison with our word. That is why whenever we make assumptions, we're asking for problems.

We make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing. All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally. Take a moment to consider the truth of this statement. The whole world of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally.

-Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

Schedule for Week Six

Week of September 28, 2020

  • Monday, September 28 - Blue and Green Groups (Monday/Wednesday, A-D and L-Q)

  • Tuesday, September 29 - Red and Purple Groups (Tuesday/Thursday, E-K and R-Z)

  • Wednesday, September 30 - Blue and Green Groups (Monday/Wednesday, A-D and L-Q)

  • Thursday, October 1 - Red and Purple Groups (Tuesday/Thursday, E-K and R-Z)

  • Friday, October 2 - All Students eLearning

Please Welcome our New FAC Partners Board of Directors!

The FAC Partners have been the backbone of our external support mechanism since 2012, and we are pleased to announce the formation of an expanded Board of Directors to lead the organization into the future! We are confident that this group will provide us with the relationships, influence, and fundraising capabilities that we need to take the Fine Arts Center to national prominence. Please join me in welcoming...

  • Steve Hairston (Assistant Director, Employer Engagement - Furman University)

  • Qena Jennings (Program Director - Public Education Partners)

  • Stephanie Knobel (Executive Director - YMCA Judson Community Center; FAC Parent)

  • Brock Koonce (Marketing Coordinator at THS Constructors, Inc.; FAC Alumnus)

  • Sidney Locke (Vice President of Human Resources and Communication - Sage Automotive Interiors)

  • Anita Pacylowski-Justo (Co-Artistic Director, DanceArts Greenville; Associate Director - Charlotte Ballet Academy)

  • William Heyward Pelham (President - Pelham Architects, LLC; Co-founder of the FAC Art of Architecture program with Dr. Roy Fluhrer; FAC Parent)

  • Erica Rhodes (MBA, PhD - Corporate Controller; FAC Parent)

  • Joe Rhodes (Greenville County Schools Educator; FAC Parent)

  • Megan Riegel (President and CEO - Peace Center)

  • Mike Sablone (Producing Artistic Director - Warehouse Theatre)

  • Bill Sauerbrey (Pomeroy Greenville, Furman University; FAC Parent)

  • Lindsay Smith (Partner - Womble, Bond, Dickinson Law Firm)

  • Thomas Strange (Vice President and Founding Member - Sigal Music Museum)

  • John Warner (Director - Kroc Center Greenville)

  • Austin White (Co-Founder, GSI Studios; Bass Player and FAC Alumnus)

The Board has chosen the following members to serve as officers:

  • President - Thomas Strange
  • Vice President - Sydney Locke
  • Treasurer - John Warner
  • Secretary - Stephanie Knobel

More information to come about the exciting progress the FAC Partners will be making towards enhancing the educational experiences of our students!


Click Here to Access the FAC Alumni News Page

or read below for the latest news!

Sabrina Kindervater is a 2020 graduate of FAC, attending MICA in Baltimore, MD. Sabrina's beautifully printed and sewn fabric book is a finalist for the Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize (a prestiguious international award for fiber and fashion students). Winner's will be selected on September 30, 2020.


Arts High Schools provide “above and beyond” experiences for our students that often fall outside of the normal school budget. Here are some easy ways to help us on a regular basis. Funds go to Guest Artist experiences, Masterclasses, and much more!



Are You a Follower?

Have you checked out the plethora of Social Media accounts at the FAC? No? Well, time to get on the communication train and follow us!



Many of our teaching studios have their own Instagram account as well, so follow us and you can easily find those pages through our account.

Building Hours

Building Hours - Attendance Plans 1 and 2

8:00 a.m. Classes

Building access at 7:45 a.m.

9:15 a.m. Classes

Building access at 8:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. Classes

Building access at 1:15 p.m.

  • Should these restrictions result in a hardship to your family relative to the parent’s ability to get to work on time, please call our Main Office. Before doing so, we respectfully request that you attempt to work out a resolution with your workplace. If no compromise can be found, we can accept a very limited number of students before the above building access times.

  • If you have not done so, please read the emails and letters that I sent home. Many students who arrived at the wrong time, either in the morning or afternoon, had received my emails but had not read them. Students are sent the emails and therefore should get in the habit of staying informed.

  • Students who attend the FAC in the afternoon and go to Wade Hampton in the morning need to stay at Wade Hampton until 1:15 p.m. Dr. Grant has space for these students to sit, socially distanced, and work on homework. We do not have such a space at the FAC.

  • Studio Time is not available to students while we are under social distancing restrictions.

As always, please call or email with any questions!


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