FAC Weekly Update

September 24, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! Believe it or not, we've just completed our 6th week of the 21-22 school year. Only three more weeks remain until the end of the 1st Quarter. By now, we are seeing our new students begin to settle into the expectations of the pre-professional school format, and our returning students reestablish their groove in the classrooms. Once we get into the 2nd Quarter of the school year we will begin artist residencies and student performances. It is an exciting time to be a part of the FAC Family!

Before we move into the heart of the Weekly Update, we'd like to congratulate the new inductees and returning members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society! The students had a wonderful ceremony last night at the Wade Hampton HS Auditorium. We look forward to seeing the members of Tri-M serve the community through their passion for the musical arts.

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, FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU PADDLE

"I learned early on in SEAL training the value of teamwork, the need to rely on someone else to help you through the difficult tasks. For those of us who were 'tadpoles' hoping to become Navy frogmen, a ten-foot rubber raft was used to teach us this vital lesson.

During my time in the SEAL Teams, I had numerous setbacks and in each case, someone came forward to help me: someone who had faith in my abilities; someone who saw potential in me where others might not someone who risked their own reputation to advance my career. I have never forgotten those people and I know that anything achieved in my life was a result of others who have helped me along the way.

None of us are immune from life's tragic moments. Like the small rubber boat we had in SEAL training, it takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle the boat alone...never forget that your success depends on others."

Admiral William H. McRaven - Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World; page 13-21.

Mindfulness Program for Students

We are pleased to announce the start of what we hope will become a consistent component of the educational experience at the FAC - a mindfulness program designed to support resilient and compassionate artists. After receiving feedback from students via our Mindfulness Survey and working with community professionals who are trained in the implementation of programs, we have selected an 8-week course that is an option for students who are interested in increasing their ability to be present in the moment and focused with their intent. We will be exploring a curriculum from “Mindful Schools,” and have selected a series of lessons that are focused on understanding, supporting, and steadying attention, with special emphasis on applying mindfulness practices in the arts.

Here are the parameters of the program:

  • This program is optional and open to those who are interested in pursuing mindfulness training.

  • When you sign up for the program, you commit to attending all 8 classes. This is not a drop-in program.

  • We will offer two sessions - one at 8:40 a.m. and one at 12:45 p.m. Students will need to arrive 5 minutes before the start of the session.

  • Each session will have a maximum of 25 participants. Sign-up will occur via a Sign-Up Genius link below.

    • Should there be a high level of interest, we will schedule more sessions in the near future to open this opportunity to more students.

Here is the link to the Sign-Up Genius - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4FAAAE2AA1F94-mindfulness. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.


April Dauscha

Ms. April Dauscha, FAC Fiber Arts Instructor, just returned from serving as a visiting lecturer at Tennessee Tech University in the Appalachian Center for Craft. Ms. Dauscha gave an artist lecture, where the students learned about her work as a practicing artist, and also gave lectures on lacemaking to the TTU art students. Congratulations to Ms. Dauscha!

Ryan Roth

Mr. Ryan Roth, FAC Drawing/Painting/Printmaking Instructor, has his artwork featured in two Upstate SC galleries. The first show, titled Figures in a New World: Symbolism in Contemporary Art, is at the Anderson University Gallery. Mr. Roth is the curator of that show, which also featured four of his paintings and six of his sculptures. He is also part of the new show at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts - Pushing Pop. This show opens at the GCCA on October 1.

Congratulations, Mr. Roth!

Zane Logan

Mr. Zane Logan, FAC Photography Instructor, has 10 portraits on exhibition in Pingyao, China, as part of the 2021 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

The festival is an annual event held in Pingyao - a 2,700-year-old ancient walled city that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival, now in its 20th year, is held in mid-September each year. The exhibition venues range from ancient warehouses and factories to temples and municipal buildings and the festival attracts about 100,000 visitors. Congratulations, Mr. Logan!

Faculty Presenters at National Conferences

We have three of our FAC/ARMES Faculty presenting at national conferences!

  • Ms. Gina Buntz, FAC Dance Department Chair, will be presenting at the 2021 Arts School Network National Conference in Chicago, IL. Her session is titled, "Art Moves," and is focused on cultivating a dance-centric education for dancers and non-dancers in arts and academics.

  • Mrs. Teri Parker Lewis, FAC Theatre Department Chair, will also be presenting at the 2021 Arts School Network National Conference in Chicago, IL. Her session is titled, "Body + Breath + Sound = Calm," and is centered on mindfulness practices.

  • Mrs. Adrienne Burris, ARMES Creative Writing Instructor, will be presenting at the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English Conference. Her session focuses on teaching writing workshops while students are engaged in virtual learning.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Dance Arts Greenville and Carolina Ballet Theatre

Dance Arts Greenville and the Carolina Ballet Theatre will be presenting "Ghosts" at the Peace Center. Shows are 10/22 and 10/23 and feature a number of FAC Dance Students. For more information, please visit https://secure.peacecenter.org/overview/7823.

South Carolina Children's Theatre

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


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!

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.

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:

GCS Financial Aid Workshops

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