FAC Weekly Update

April 23, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

Performance season is in full swing at the FAC, and we'd like to recognize the fabulous students of the Studio Jazz Program for their amazing performances on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Though we cannot have a large in-person audience at these events, we hope that our new Livestreaming feature is allowing the FAC Community to enjoy the work of our students from the comfort of home.

Please be sure to read the information on the change to the attendance plan, which was emailed to all FAC students and parents on Wednesday. Reach out with any questions - we are more than happy to help.

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

Change to Attendance Plan

On Wednesday, the South Carolina legislature passed a bill requiring schools to provide parents with an option of full-time in-person school. Beginning Monday, April 26, your student has the option to return to full-time, five-day-a-week in-person instruction OR remain on the 75% plan with eLearning one day each week plus one Friday out of every four. This means there will likely be more students in our classrooms and hallways. The FAC classrooms that have needed to be reconfigured have been modified to accommodate more students. We have been able to maintain social distancing OR plexiglass dividers due to our class sizes. Dance classes will incorporate groupings to ensure social distancing is maintained. Masks are still required when students are moving and whenever students are not at least six feet apart.

In summary:

  • Parents have the option to keep their child/children on the current 75% attendance plan OR send their child/children to school 5 days a week

    • If remaining on the 75% plan, the attendance days stay the same. Students may not choose different days to attend. Please stick to your color day plan.

  • Please have your child communicate with their FAC Instructor regarding which plan they will be choosing. This will be very helpful to us relative to planning and attendance.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

The Battle for Your Heart

"In the battle for your heart, your thoughts are crucial. Every day, you wake up with dreams to be realized and amazing experiences that await. Your mind, with its predisposition toward self-centeredness, will lean toward limitations, be self-conscious and attached to the needs of the ego - unless you train your heart. The good news is that you move towards what you think about, and you can start today orienting your mind and heart towards beauty and great things. Throughout history, people have learned to direct their thoughts, focus their desires, and see the world as it truly is."

Jim Murphy, "Inner Excellence: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible Life," pg. 33.

Congratulations to Luisa Penaflor!

Congratulations to Senior Creative Writing student, Luisa Penaflor, on being named the 2021 recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. This scholarship offers full four-year financial support to one incoming freshman with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise. Luisa will have her tuition, room, board, and class supplies covered by the scholarship, will have regular meetings with authors invited on campus, and will earn a summer stipend starting at $3,000 (and increasing to $5,000 by the end of the four years) that can be used for personal writing projects/study abroad. To learn more about the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, please click on the following link - https://englishcomplit.unc.edu/creative-writing/scholarships-and-awards/the-thomas-wolfe-scholarship/.

Congratulations, Luisa!

FAC Creative Writing - The Momentum Series

Congratulations to the students of the FAC Creative Writing Program and their Instructor, Sarah Blackman, on another successful installment of The Momentum Series. The focus of this program is, "to bring an innovative writer of national reputation to Greenville to do a community reading and teach a class to the creative writing program at FAC." Please click on the following link to read about this year's guest artist, Danez Smith - https://www.scartshub.com/s-c-public-arts-high-school-welcomes-poet-danez-smith/.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week - From Lisa Lyvers

Dear FAC Families and Friends,

Hello! I am sending this message on behalf of the FAC Parent Engagement Committee.

We are honoring our wonderful Fine Arts Center Faculty & Staff May 3 - May 7. The plan is to organize a breakfast, lunch, snacks and extra goodies during this week. To accomplish this plan, we need your help. Please click on the following link and select the button to pitch in by April 30.


Don't hesitate to contact Lisa Lyvers if you have any questions- momlyvers@aol.com.

Thanks so much! Your continued support of our FAC faculty and staff is appreciated!

Stay well! Lisa Lyvers


  • May 4 - FAC Strings Chamber Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 6 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 7 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • FAC Dance Concerts at the Gunter Theatre - 1:30 p.m. Class = May 7, 7:00 p.m.; 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. classes = May 8, 12:00 p.m.

  • May 10 - FAC Winds Chamber Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 11 - FAC Percussion Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. 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!


  • May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week AND FAC Spirit Week
  • May 14 - Last day for Seniors
  • May 17 - FAC Commencement -- 7:00 p.m., Greer HS
  • May 28 - Last Day for Underclassmen


Roy S. Fluhrer Scholarship - Due May 5

Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer served as the Director of Greenville County School District’s Fine Arts Center from 1989 to 2017. Upon his retirement, a scholarship in his name was established and will be awarded to a graduating Senior on an annual basis. This needs-based scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate artistic excellence along with the intent to study the arts at the collegiate/university/conservatory level.

Students may apply via this Google Form - https://forms.gle/JKzR1fyesh9Rj7fD7 - with a deadline of Wednesday, May 5, 2021, to electronically submit the form. A committee will review all applications and the winner will be announced at the Fine Arts Center Commencement on Monday, May 17, 2021.

All applications should include two letters of recommendation - one from a teacher and one from a community member who is familiar with your artistic growth and drive for excellence. Please either email or submit a hard copy of the letters to Mr. Popat by the May 5 deadline.

FAC Commencement - ADA Seating Requests

PARENTS OF SENIORS - please email Mr. Popat if you require ADA seating for anyone attending the FAC Commencement. We need this information by April 30 at the very latest. Thank you!


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award - https://www.daphnemlee.com/scholarship

    Founded in 2019, the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award was established out of the lack of scholarships to women of color pursuing performing arts majors in colleges and universities. As an arts advocate, Lee seeks to have more of a balance in the world of performing arts creatives, believing that the world can heal more through arts. The mission of this scholarship to not only help alleviate the high costs of education but to encourage more people to pursue the arts leading to full-time careers.

  • NEW - Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship - In an effort to help students with the soaring costs of tuition while also contributing to the fine arts establishment, Krylon is awarding 5 scholarships to future fine artists and giving 10 students a gift pack of Krylon art supplies. There are five $1,000 Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships, complete with a gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. In addition, the art program at each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a large gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. https://www.krylon.com/.../krylon-clear-choice-art.../ Deadline May 31, 2021

  • Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. . Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Participants can submit their entry beginning at 12:00 PM EDT on March 31, 2021, through 11:59 PM EDT on June 9, 2021. Final winners will be announced on about July 21, 2021. Details at www.stuckatprom.com

  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to A&F by email at scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

    Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Deadline - June 12, 2021.

  • Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    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


FAC Parent Guild

If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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