FAC Weekly Update

February 25, 2022

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! Lots of exciting goings-on at the FAC right now. We had a wonderful Jazz Concert last night, and have some fantastic events coming up on the event calendar. Plus, an announcement below regarding Anti-Prom that should make our students very happy. :-)

Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming performances. We want students (and parents) from all areas to actively support their fellow FAC students and our guest artists - whether it is in-person or via live stream. Part of a strong school culture is an actively supportive audience for all school-based performances. Hope to see you out at one or more of the numerous events this spring!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don't just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on resistance.

This second, we can sit down and do our work.”

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

Steven Pressfield

FAC Class Rings

On Thursday, March 3, Herff Jones will hold brief informational meetings about FAC Class Rings at the start of the AM and PM class sessions. The meetings will be open to Juniors, but the information will also be available to Seniors who missed the opportunity last year to purchase a ring. Students will be given the option to order a custom FAC Ring, or a Class Ring from their home-base high school that has FAC information on it.

FAC Anti-Prom is Back!

Save the date - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - for the annual FAC Anti-Prom!

What's Anti-Prom, you ask?

  • Anti-Prom is a fun school dance for all FAC Students, Grades 9-12.
  • No fancy dresses or tuxedos - we dress to the theme or just dress casually.
  • No dates required. Come and have a great time with your FAC friends.
  • Students bring food to share - more details to follow.
  • Tickets are very affordable - info to follow.

This will be our first Anti-Prom since 2020. We look forward to a memorable evening together!

Does your child want to be on the Anti-Prom Committee? Please have them email Morgan McClain at mmccla7815@greenvilleschools.us.

Workshop for FAC Parents - March 30, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, Mr. Popat will present a workshop for parents titled, "Mind Games: How Boys and Girls Learn, and How Knowing This Helps You as a Parent." The workshop will be held in the FAC Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP using the following link - https://forms.gle/ShP6EvLSPZcQssSj8.

Congratulations to Ms. Blackman!

FAC Creative Writing Instructor Sarah Blackman will be visiting the University of Utah as part of their Guest Writers Series.

Outside of her job at the FAC, Ms. Blackman is the author of the story collection Mother Box, winner of the 2012 Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize, and the novel Hex, both published by FC2. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM, the online journal of experimental prose, poetry, and schematics, and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high school-age writers, which she edits alongside her students at the FAC.

Congratulations, Sarah!

New FAC Merch for Sale!

We will have samples of the new FAC merch in the lobby before and after class. Students will be able to access a Google Form to place orders, and may pay either via Venmo or a check made out to "FAC Parent Guild." Orders will be processed once payment is received.

Upcoming Performances

Callisto Quartet at the Peace Center

On Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., the String Quartet in Residence at the FAC - The Callisto Quartet - will host a special performance at Genevieve's. Please take advantage of this opportunity to see one of the world's finest string quartets in concert performance. Ticket information can be found here - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-callisto-quartet.

FAC Jazz All-Stars Return to the Peace Center

Don't miss the first of two jazz concerts at the Peace Center this semester - Wednesday, March 16 at Genevieve's Lounge. This performance will feature Leah Rutherford, Blake Slaughter, Carson Moore, Miles Jernigan, and Patrick Lane. For tickets, click the link below.


Please come out and support these wonderful student musicians!

"The Lost Melody" at the Fine Arts Center

Don't miss the chance to see a world-class jazz trio perform at our very own Sutherlin Recital Hall. Originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, "The Lost Melody" is finally coming to Greenville to share its music with our community. They will perform a FREE concert on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and will spend Thursday, April 7 in the Jazz Studio working with our AM and PM students.

Keep an eye on the Weekly Update for information on how to reserve your seat for the performance.

"Leaving Montserrat" - Performed by The Lost Melody

GCS Job Fair - Tuesday, March 1

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Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.


Scholarship Opportunities

South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program

Since 1997 the South Carolina State Fair has awarded scholarships to students across the state of South Carolina. The 2022 scholarship application and eligibility requirements are now available at www.scstatefair.org. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

AHAM Scholarship

The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following ahamsc.org/scholarship. The deadline is March 19, 2022.

Regions "Riding Foward" Scholarship Contest

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who live in states with Regions Bank full-service branches and will attend an accredited college during the 2022-2023 academic school year. (15 scholarships will be awarded for Written Essay submissions and 15 scholarships will be awarded for Video Essay submissions.). https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-and-inclusion/supporting-our-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline - March 31, 2022.

School Links has a comprehensive scholarship list. Log into your student account. Click on Finances and Scholarship Matching.

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 Cat in the Hat" - SC Children's Theatre

Please consider supporting FAC's own Tesia Hennessey (Grade 9, FAC Theatre) in the SC Children's Theatre production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. For ticket information, please visit https://scchildrenstheatre.org/dr-seusss-the-cat-in-the-hat/.

"The Little Mermaid" - Greer Children's Theatre

Come see FAC students Shamaiah Brown (Theater), Erin Poinsette (Design and Production), Vittoria Swalm (Theater), Ellie Hambrook (Design and Production), Sarah Poinsette (Voice), and Ben Turner (Theater) in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "The Little Mermaid."

Performances are March 4-5 and 11-13.

Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61215.

"Arabian Nights" - Carolina Ballet Theatre

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Arabian Nights - featuring a number of students from our FAC Dance Studio. Performance dates and ticket information are as follows:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 12 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-14

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!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs
  • March 7-11 - Callisto Quartet Residency, FAC Chamber Strings Program
  • March 9 - Callisto Quartet Concert at the Peace Center
  • March 15 - Chamber Strings Recital; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 16 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center; Genevieve's Lounge
  • March 17 - The Next Generation: A Concert of Creative Minds; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 29 - Architecture Gallery Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor.

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to 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 Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

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

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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