FAC Weekly Update

May 28, 2021

Good Afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

As we close out the school year at the FAC, I would like to wish all of our FAC Families a safe, happy, and healthy summer. May we all use this time to recharge our batteries and make memories with our loved ones. For artists, the summer break is the time for us to delve deeply into independent artmaking, taking advantage of the extra time to "level up" on our skills. As a saxophonist, I enjoy this opportunity to address weaknesses and build strengths so that I am ready for the next school year. Our School Team will be hard at work in addressing any areas where we found ourselves lacking, and setting our students up for their best school year yet.

Keep an eye on your email for Summer Updates, which should come in early July and again in early August. Our Summer Office Hours begin the week of June 7, and are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

Thank you, Parents!

We would like to once again express our thanks to the FAC Parents for all of your support this year! You "had our back" throughout all of the schedule changes, generously donated to staff appreciation events, and helped us to keep our students motivated and growing. Please accept our sincere gratitude - we look forward to working with you again next year!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"Pressure gives us the opportunity for growth and extraordinary experiences, which is the core of a courageous life. In our affluenza culture of instant gratification, we tend to lose perspective on what gives meaning to life. When we seek mastery, however, we are preparing ourselves for a life of growth and learning that sets that stage for resonance - adversity and all. We can then transcend our day-to-day circumstances and the need to beat our opponents and instead focus on being our best selves. We thereby forge a connection with the performance, which provides incredible experiences. We win more often and are prepared for the unexpected. In a crisis, danger becomes opportunity."

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

Digital Film Screening - TONIGHT! Friday, May 28 - 7:00 p.m.

The final FAC event of the school year is the Digital Film Screening, where our Media Tech and Digital Filmmaking Students will be screening films they’ve produced over the past school year.

This event is limited to Digital Film Studio students and families. Eric Rogers has emailed ticket info. We will publish the web link to all other FAC families so that you can watch the films from home.

FAC T-Shirt Design Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Tomoka Nakamura (AM Design Studio) and Katerina Sanchez (AM Design Studio) for having their entries selected as winners of the first annual FAC t-shirt design contest! A committee comprised of students and faculty had the difficult task of selecting the winners, and we thank all students who entered.

Tomoka's design will be used on the 2021-2022 FAC t-shirt, and Katerina's will be used on the 2021-2022 FAC car magnet. We will have both items for sale at the start of the next school year. Please see below for the winning images.

2021-2022 T-Shirt Design

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2021-2022 Car Magnet Design

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Congratulations - Greenlink Inaugural Bus Shelter Art Contest

Congratulations again to the following FAC Visual Arts Students whose designs were among the 10 winners selected for display at Greenlink Bus Shelters!

· Brianna Bruce

· Kayla Covington

· Jamie Lee

· Sophia Lin

· Kaleigh Smith

Please click on the following link to view the designs - https://www.greenvillesc.gov/1790/Bus-Shelter-Art-Contest.

Coming to the Sheffield Wood Gallery - "Big Body Play" by TSA GVL

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville (TSA GVL) and the Fine Arts Center (FAC) are excited to present their summer exhibition, BIG BODY PLAY, on exhibition from June 7th through September 10th at the FAC’s Sheffield Wood Gallery. Visits to the gallery are by appointment only - Monday - Thursday, 10am -4pm. Sign up for an appointment by using the following link. A closing reception will be held on Friday, September 10th from 6-8pm including artist presentations and performance from 6:30-7.

Click on the following link for full information - https://mailchi.mp/c81eb398b466/big-body-play-opening-june-7?e=fe51be9443.


  • August 16 - Orientation for NEW students (tentative - details to follow)
  • August 17 - First Day of the 2021-2022 School Year!

Students Performing in the Community

Congratulations to the following FAC students for being cast in the South Carolina Children's Theatre production of Miss Nelson is Missing:

  • Andrew Cooter
  • Rusty Daniel
  • Hayley Glenn
  • Lexi Howard

Please click on the following link for tickets - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/missnelson-tickets/


Thank You, Ms. Cotter!

It is with a heart full of gratitude for her dedication to our students, staff, and school that we inform you that our Assistant Director, Ms. Kaci Cotter, has accepted a School Administration position in her hometown school district. Ms. Cotter's energy, meticulous attention to detail, and empathetic nature will be truly missed at the FAC. We are thrilled for her that she can bring her skills back to the place where she was both a student and a teacher.

If you would like to send her well-wishes, please email her at kcotter@greenville.k12.sc.us.

More College Credit Opportunities!

Earlier this school year, I included information on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Clemson University that was renewed for a 5-year period. I am pleased to inform you that we have just signed two additional Memoranda that will go into place for the coming school year and will also have 5-year terms. The following MOAs are now in place for our FAC students:

  • Agreement with Clemson University to earn credit through course completion and portfolio development/passing of a challenge exam in FAC Architecture, Music (Theory and Recording Arts), Theatre, and Visual Arts.
  • Agreement with Coastal Carolina University to earn credit through course completion and portfolio development/passing of a challenge exam in FAC Visual Arts and Music (Theory and Recording Arts) (NEW!). An agreement for Creative Writing should be finalized soon.
  • Agreement with Winthrop University to earn credit through course completion and portfolio development/passing of a challenge exam in FAC Dance, Music (Theory and Recording Arts), Theatre, and Visual Arts.

This agreement is accessible to students who are in the upper-level courses for the aforementioned programs. Please have your child reach out to their Instructor to inquire about any of the above opportunities.

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:

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  • Respect

  • Grit

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