FAC Weekly Update

December 11, 2020

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a terrific week. 2020 may be winding down, but at the Fine Arts Center, we are charging forward towards a strong finish to the calendar year!

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

Arts in Basic Curriculum

The Fine Arts Center received great news yesterday - we have named an ABC Certified School by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (https://www.abcprojectsc.com/). This honor will offer our school the opportunity to serve as a model educational institution to schools across South Carolina and will allow us access to grant funding that is only available to ABC Certified Schools. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to being part of this prestigious group!

FAC Holiday Sale - Only Three More Days!

Don't miss out on your opportunity to support our FAC Student Artists at the annual Holiday Sale! Head over to https://event.gives/facholidaysale, where you can see the amazing creations by our students. This project not only showcases their creativity but also serves as an education in entrepreneurship. The sale ends on Sunday, December 13 at 11:30 p.m., so act fast.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


“Getting to the top, even once, is arduous. Staying there, many say, is even more difficult. My own experience is that both getting there and staying there present unique and formidable challenges. To do either requires great self-control. Control of self is essential for consistency in leadership and team performance.

The choices you make in your personal life affect your professional life. They are not two separate entities, and leaders who act as if they are will likely bring difficulties upon themselves. To be a true leader requires credibility and consistency in one's actions, and this is hard to achieve when you lack self-control.”

John Wooden (with Steve Jamison), Wooden on Leadership, p. 31-32

Schedule for Week Sixteen

Week of December 14

  • Monday, December 14 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Thursday, December 17 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Friday, December 18 - Half Day for Students - all students eLearning


Scholarship Opportunities

  • J E Sirrine Scholarship: Students may apply for a $2,000 Sirrine Scholarship by visiting the Sirrine Scholarship Application website. Renewable for a maximum of three (3) years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her program of studies. The site will be available in January.

  • Case Western Theater Scholarship -

    Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the full-tuition awards, the student must declare theater as a major by the end of their freshman year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://theater.case.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-scholarships/ Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • Watson-Brown Foundation - Provides need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.


Updated DHEC Regulations - Return to School Procedures

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GCS COVID Response Information - Please Read

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Marcus King - Grammy Nomination!

Last week's Alumni News featured Marcus King, a FAC Alum whose recent album, “El Dorado,” was nominated for Vintage Guitar Magazine’s Readers Choice Award. We received more great news this week when we learned that "El Dorado" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Americana Album." Congratulations, Marcus!


Check out the Marcus King Band at https://marcuskingband.com/.


National YoungArts Winners!

This year, the FAC sent the highest amount of submissions in our school's history to the National YoungArts Competition. We are so proud of all of our students who went through the rigorous application process. The following Fine Arts Center Students were among the 659 students nationwide selected as National YoungArts Winners!

  • Thomas Hicks - Grade 12; Honorable Mention Award, Photography
  • Philip Rawlinson - Grade 12; Merit Award, Classical Music (Viola)

Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



Mask Up GCS

Our FAC Family has done an outstanding job of following health and safety protocols when in the building. GCS has asked that we send the following reminders to our students and parents:

  • Though statistics show individuals are safer from the risk of COVID inside our schools where protocols are strict, we could soon reach a tipping point where the number of employee absences would make it impossible for us to safely supervise students. This would result in a temporary return to eLearning.

  • The community can help us stay on track by following recommended precautions outside of school: wear a mask when in public, avoid large gatherings, frequently wash or sanitize hands and high-touch surfaces, stay home and away from others when sick, and seek medical advice when running a fever, developing a new or worsening cough, experiencing shortness of breath, or losing the sense of taste or smell.

  • Do NOT send students to school who are symptomatic of any contagious disease and follow DHEC instructions on COVID isolations and quarantines.

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