FAC Weekly Update

September 17, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

What a great week! The energy in the building was high, and you can see our students immersed in their studio work. What does that look like, you might ask? Well, follow us on Instagram to find out! You can check us out here - https://www.instagram.com/fac_greenville/.

Also - be sure to bookmark the new website for the FAC Partners - the 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the Fine Arts Center. Go to https://facpartners.org/ and check back often, as we are adding content to the website over the coming weeks and months.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

If you want to change the world, START OFF BY MAKING YOUR BED

"If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task complete will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right."

Admiral William H. McRaven - Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World; page

ABC Advancement Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Fine Arts Center has been awarded a $12,500 ABC Advancement Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission! ABC stands for Arts in Basic Curriculum, and during the 2020-2021 school year, the FAC earned the title of "Certified School" with a rating of "Distinguished." Funds from this grant will be used to purchase a state-of-the-art Livestream setup in our Recital Hall, fund Guest Artists for FAC Programs, and provide professional development opportunities at national conferences for our Faculty.

Application and Audition Timeline

Mark your calendar! Please note our Application and Audition Timeline.

The audition process listed below is for new students and current students who wish to move to a different FAC program. However, all current FAC Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors must re-apply each year. For students who would like to stay in their program - your audition is your daily performance in the studio.

  • Recruiting and Information Sessions at GCS Middle and High SchoolsSeptember through the end of November
  • Application Opens in BackpackDecember 1, 2021
  • Application Closes in Backpack, Pre-Screening Material DueJanuary 20, 2022
  • Notification of First Round Results, Invitations to In-Person AuditionsFebruary 11, 2022
  • In-Person Audition WindowFebruary 26 - March 12, 2022
  • Notification to students of results in BackpackMarch 28, 2022

More information to follow!

SEL - Social-Emotional Learning - at the FAC

As mentioned in last week's update, our 9:15 a.m. students will engage with our Faculty in 20-minute Social-Emotional discussions on the following dates. Topics of discussion are listed as well.

  • 9/22 - Establishing connections to build relationships
  • 9/29 - Physical and Mental health for the artist
  • October 20 and 27 – Growth mindset and the gift of failure

  • November 17 – Goal-setting and grit

  • January 19 and February 16 – Mindfulness practices in the arts

  • March 2 and 16 – Giving and receiving feedback

  • April 20 – Cultural competence

  • May 4 – Resolving conflicts with empathy

All students in our 9:15 a.m. classes have been emailed their group assignments and locations. Please remind your child to check their email and make note of the meeting time and location. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Popat at vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Don't miss the South Carolina Children's Theatre performances of Spookley the Square Pumpkin - The Musical, running from October 22-31! The cast features FAC 9th Graders Bella Majarais and Ashley Smith, members of the Theatre Program.


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

  • October 11-16 - Dance Guest Artist in Residence: Christopher L. Huggins
  • October 25-29 - Chamber Strings Guest Artists in Residence: The Callisto Quartet
  • October 25-29 - Jazz Guest Artists in Residence: The Regions


FAC Alumnus Marcus King Featured by NASCAR

Marcus King, a graduate of the FAC Jazz Studies program, and his band have had one of their hit songs selected as the theme song for the NASCAR playoffs! You can hear the song via the Marcus King Band Facebook page - https://fb.watch/7Wk_aONqJe/.

The FAC Parent Guild Wants YOU

The FAC Parent Guild is looking for volunteers who want to support the FAC in a variety of ways. Please click on the following link to view our informational handout.


If you have any questions, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

Early Release from Quarantine for Students

GCS students who have been quarantined due to COVID will soon be able to return to school three days earlier if they are symptom-free and follow DHEC guidelines for an early release. Please click on the following link to learn more - https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/News/main.asp?titleid=2109early

GCS Financial Aid Workshops

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FYI - COVID Reporting Process

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FYI - Vaccination Impact on Quarantine/Isolation

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Core Values

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  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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