FAC Weekly Update

October 1, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! Our Weekly Update is full of great information for our FAC Families. Be sure to check out the upcoming performances at the Peace Center, information about our mindfulness program, a new section with college scholarship opportunities, and much more. Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"Human communication involves so much more than what we say. It includes how we speak - our tone of voice, volume, and pace - which transmits a wealth of information about how we're feeling, what we think of one another, how much power we do or don't have, and so on. It's also about why we speak. What do we want? What's our motivation? And, of course, it includes listening: how we listen, why we listen, or if we're even listening at all."

Oren Jay Sofer - Say What You Mean; a Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication; page 16.

Congratulations to Blake Slaughter!

FAC Jazz Studies guitarist Blake Slaughter (Grade 10) has just returned from performing at the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival as a member of the "Next Generation Jazz Orchestra." Blake was the only guitarist in the country selected for this honor. Please check out the video below to see Blake in action on the Main Stage. Way to go, Blake!
Blake at Monterey

Mindfulness Program for Students - Tuesdays from 10/5 to 11/30

As announced in the last Weekly Update, the FAC is proud to offer our students optional training in mindfulness practices. We have selected an 8-week course that is for students who are interested in increasing their ability to be present in the moment and focused with their intent. We will be exploring a curriculum from “Mindful Schools,” and have selected a series of lessons that are focused on understanding, supporting, and steadying attention, with special emphasis on applying mindfulness practices in the arts.

Here are the parameters of the program:

  • This program is optional and open to those who are interested in pursuing mindfulness training.

  • When you sign up for the program, you commit to attending all 8 classes. This is not a drop-in program.

  • Sessions will occur on Tuesdays, beginning October 5 and ending November 30.

  • We will offer two sessions - one at 8:40 a.m. and one at 12:45 p.m. Students will need to arrive 5 minutes before the start of the session.

  • Each session will have a maximum of 25 participants. Sign-up will occur via a Sign-Up Genius link below.

    • Should there be a high level of interest, we will schedule more sessions in the near future to open this opportunity to more students.

Here is the link to the Sign-Up Genius - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4FAAAE2AA1F94-mindfulness. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Popat.


Scholarship Opportunities

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - achievement-based scholarship for graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve as well as their commitment to having an impact on their school and community. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. More information at www.coca-cola scholars.org . Deadline October 31, 2021.

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist junior students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need, good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

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/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: November 18, 2021


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grades 5-12. Details at www.prudential.com/spirit


Dance Arts Greenville and Carolina Ballet Theatre

Dance Arts Greenville and the Carolina Ballet Theatre will be presenting "Ghosts" at the Peace Center. Shows are 10/22 and 10/23 and feature a number of FAC Dance Students. For more information, please visit https://secure.peacecenter.org/overview/7823.

South Carolina Children's Theatre

Don't miss the South Carolina Children's Theatre performances of Spookley the Square Pumpkin - The Musical, running from October 22-31! The cast features FAC 9th Graders Bella Majarais and Ashley Smith, members of the Theatre Program.

Carolina Youth Symphony

A number of our students participate in the Carolina Youth Symphony - a musical organization that has three orchestras and serves over 250 student musicians. Please take a moment to visit their website for the concert performance schedule - https://carolinayouthsymphony.org/ The fall concert is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Furman University's McAlister Auditorium.

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!

"Pink Martini" at the Peace Center

Our friends at the Peace Center would like to make our FAC Families aware of a fabulous concert opportunity - Pink Martini featuring China Forbes is coming to the Peace Center on Monday, November 1.

Part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe, and all fun, Pink Martini is the energetic and enthusiastic "little orchestra." Taking inspiration from cultures around the world, the group easily jumps between old-fashioned pop, jazz (mainly swing) and classical to establish its own unique blend of music. With a dozen musicians, a multilingual repertoire and an enthusiastic cult following, this is one eclectic sound you don't want to miss. But you don't have to take our word for it.

Check out what a few of their fans have to say:

"This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. And it seems to speak to just about everybody... from grade-schoolers to grandmothers to the young and hip and beautiful." - The Washington Post

"Pink Martini's live show conjures a fantasy of ageless glamour. This is formal play, baroque and zany, ritzy but also childlike." - JazzTimes

"Jam-packed with unlikely excavations, inspired collaborations, obscure covers, and lyrics in languages ranging from Japanese to Neapolitan, [Pink Martini] is a gift to music magpies the world over." - Interview Magazine

Get tickets today at peacecenter.org!


April Dauscha

Ms. April Dauscha, FAC Fiber Arts Instructor, just returned from serving as a visiting lecturer at Tennessee Tech University in the Appalachian Center for Craft. Ms. Dauscha gave an artist lecture, where the students learned about her work as a practicing artist, and also gave lectures on lacemaking to the TTU art students. Congratulations to Ms. Dauscha!

Ryan Roth

Mr. Ryan Roth, FAC Drawing/Painting/Printmaking Instructor, has his artwork featured in two Upstate SC galleries. The first show, titled Figures in a New World: Symbolism in Contemporary Art, is at the Anderson University Gallery. Mr. Roth is the curator of that show, which also featured four of his paintings and six of his sculptures. He is also part of the new show at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts - Pushing Pop. This show opens at the GCCA on October 1.

Congratulations, Mr. Roth!

Zane Logan

Mr. Zane Logan, FAC Photography Instructor, has 10 portraits on exhibition in Pingyao, China, as part of the 2021 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

The festival is an annual event held in Pingyao - a 2,700-year-old ancient walled city that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival, now in its 20th year, is held in mid-September each year. The exhibition venues range from ancient warehouses and factories to temples and municipal buildings and the festival attracts about 100,000 visitors. Congratulations, Mr. Logan!

Faculty Presenters at National Conferences

We have three of our FAC/ARMES Faculty presenting at national conferences!

  • Ms. Gina Buntz, FAC Dance Department Chair, will be presenting at the 2021 Arts School Network National Conference in Chicago, IL. Her session is titled, "Art Moves," and is focused on cultivating a dance-centric education for dancers and non-dancers in arts and academics.

  • Mrs. Teri Parker Lewis, FAC Theatre Department Chair, will also be presenting at the 2021 Arts School Network National Conference in Chicago, IL. Her session is titled, "Body + Breath + Sound = Calm," and is centered on mindfulness practices.

  • Mrs. Adrienne Burris, ARMES Creative Writing Instructor, will be presenting at the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English Conference. Her session focuses on teaching writing workshops while students are engaged in virtual learning.

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • October 11-16 - Dance Guest Artist in Residence: Christopher L. Huggins
  • October 25-29 - Chamber Strings Guest Artists in Residence: The Callisto Quartet
  • October 25-29 - Jazz Guest Artists in Residence: The Regions


The FAC Parent Guild Wants YOU

The FAC Parent Guild is looking for volunteers who want to support the FAC in a variety of ways. Please click on the following link to view our informational handout.


If you have any questions, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

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