FAC Weekly Update

October 14, 2022

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

What an amazing week at the FAC! We had a total of seven guests artists working with students this week, inspiring our students to maximize their artistic experience at the FAC. We are so grateful to the Peace Center and the Fine Arts Center Partners for funding artist masterclasses and residencies.

We also hosted our annual Visual Arts Portfolio Day on Thursday. This event offered some of our VA students the opportunity to present their work to representatives from six top-tier collegiate visual arts programs. Many thanks to Katy Cassell and Kelly King for organizing the event, and kudos to our VA faculty and students on the preparation of portfolios!

Coming up - we are beginning our student performances with the 2:25 p.m. Jazz Studio Concert next Friday night. We love a large, supportive audience for our students, so please spread the word and bring your friends to FAC performances. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly back to the students in the form of guest artists, equipment purchases, and field trip fees.

Finally, a reminder - next Monday, October 17, is a teacher work day. No school for students.

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Five Ways to Inspire Change

1. Change what needs to change, not what is easy.
  • Cosmetic changes are easier than cultural changes.
  • Effective change usually begins with an inside-out change rather than an outside-in change.

2. Let go of yesterday so you can go to tomorrow.

3. Activate confidence.
  • A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader.
  • A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.

4. Remove barriers.
  • Job #1 for any leader in times of change is to start removing barriers that will keep your team from executing the plan.

5. Simplify the message.

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple... that’s creativity.” –Charles Mingus

Communication questions:

  • Do I understand what I’m saying?
  • Do they understand what I’m saying?
  • Can they tell others what I’m saying?
  • Can others understand what they are saying?
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The F.A.C.T.S. Podcast

Be sure to check out the Fine Arts Center Talk Show (F.A.C.T.S.) - a podcast started by FAC students Brianna Nicoloff, Hannah James, Braden Anderson, and Jack Higginbotham. You can access episodes on their YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/wBIvDHQZ9_8. They have three episodes recorded thus far:

  1. Episode 1 - Jack Higginbotham
  2. Episode 2 - Peyton Kakouras
  3. Episode 3 - Mr. Popat

Any students who want to be interviewed can sign up at the following link - https://forms.gle/J7LxQFG32KuWE1Pz8).

From the FAC Parent Guild

October Volunteer Opportunities

The FAC Parent Guild has a couple of easy ways for you to get involved this month that will only take an hour (or less) of your time! Scroll down to see the shifts available during October. Currently, we need volunteers to sell FAC merchandise during lunch on Wednesday, Oct 19 and to sell tickets to a student performance the evening of Friday, Oct 21. If you're able to help, the students and teachers at the Fine Arts Center would LOVE to have your support!


Next week, we'll announce new opportunities available during November and December! Please email nikidpeters3@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks!

FAC Merch on Sale Next Wednesday

The Parent Guild will be at the FAC next Wednesday, October 19, before each class session to sell FAC Merch. Please click on the image for more information.

Vita Nova Coffee Truck Next Wednesday Afternoon

The Vita Nova Coffee and Tea company will be back for another FAC Class of 2023 fundraiser! AFTERNOON STUDENTS - this is for you. Sales will begin at 12:00 p.m. and go until 1:15 p.m. Click on the image for more info.
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FAC Students Performing in the Community

Peter Pan Jr. - Greer Children's Theatre

Please come out to support the following FAC students in Greer Children’s Theatre production of Peter Pan, Jr.

  • Ellie Hambrook (Theatre Design & Production)
  • Vittoria Swalm (Theatre Performance)
  • Mallory Webb (Voice)

Performances: October 21-23 & 28-30

Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $20
Students/Seniors/Military: $15
Children 4 & under: $10

Tickets available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/67331

Strange Orchard

Singer/Songwriter/Pianist Hugh McCulloch (FAC Jazz Studies & Voice) and Guitarist Dalton Hix (FAC Jazz Studies) make up 1/2 of the group Strange Orchard. Playing all original music in genres of Prog, Classic, and Jam Rock, you can catch them at several performances this fall including Fall for Greenville, West End Stage, Fri. Oct.14, 1:30pm. Their music is available on all streaming platforms. Upcoming gigs include:

  • OCT 14: Fall for Greenville, West End Stage 1:30-2:30pm
  • NOV 4: Steady Hand Beer Co., Atlanta 7-10 pm
  • NOV 11: Fireforge Crafted Beer, Veterans Day 5:30-7:30pm
  • NOV 18: Inchoate Art Gallery, $10, 8pm (doors open 7 pm)
  • DEC 31: 185 King St. w/Jeff Sipe, Brevard 8pm

Other members of Strange Orchard include FAC Jazz Studies alumnus Andrew Addis (drums) and Keith McCulloch (bass).

Alex Shaffer

FAC Jazz Studies student Alex Shaffer plays guitar in a Christian rock band called Krashkourse 4:13. The band plays at different churches, festivals, and fundraisers around the area. You can hear them perform at the following venues this month.

  • Oct 16 - Waycross Baptist Church in Pelzer
  • Oct 22 - Festival performance at "The Retreat" in Easley.
  • Oct 29 - Fundraiser at New Life Foundation Church on Cedar Lane Rd.

You can follow the band on Facebook if you would like to see where they are playing in the future.

HONK! - Milltown Players, Simpsonville

Come out and support FAC Voice students Sarah Poinsette and Brady Green as they perform in the Milltown Players production of "HONK!" at the Simpsonville Arts Center. Tickets are available at the following link - http://www.milltownplayers.org/simpsonvilleartscenter.

Carolina Ballet Theatre - Ghosts - 10/28 and 10/29

The FAC Dance studio has a number of students who will be performing in CBT's presentation of Ghosts at the Peace Center. Tickets are available at https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/cbt-ghosts-22.

Once on This Island, Jr. - Mauldin Cultural Center - 11/4-11/13

Olivia Marseil from the FAC Theatre Studio is performing in Once on This Island Jr. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The dates for the show are 11/4-11/6 and 11/11-11/13. Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/mauldin-cultural-center/once-on-this-island-jr-69930.

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!

Professional Performances at the FAC

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Greenville Symphony Orchestra - Artists Up Close

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will be holding a series of chamber music concerts at the Fine Arts Center. Please click on the links below for more information.

Purchase tickets: Gratitude, Faith, Courage

Complete concert listings on the Greenville Symphony website:




  • Friday, October 21 - 2:25 p.m. Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28 - Jazz Artist-in-Residence: Mike Stern
  • Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26 - Strings Artists-in-Residence: Paul and Rachel Aguilar
  • Friday, October 28 - Mike Stern Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Tuesday, November 1 - Strings Chamber Music Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, November 2 - Autumn Dance Offerings; 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., FAC Dance Studio
  • Thursday, November 3 - Visual Arts Student Juried Show: Gallery Reception; 6:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery
  • Thursday, November 3 - Winds Chamber Music Recital; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital
  • Wednesday, November 9 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's (Peace Center); 7:30 p.m.
  • November 11, 12, 18, and 19 - FAC Theatre presents Pericles; 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theater

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