FAC Weekly Update

November 12, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a fantastic week! We had some wonderful events this week and would like to congratulate...

  • The students of the FAC Winds Chamber Music Studio on an outstanding recital this past Tuesday evening.
  • The students of the FAC Jazz All-Stars for their phenomenal performance on Wednesday evening at the Peace Center.

More great events are on the schedule for next week, including our Theatre Production (Fashionistas), the 2:25 p.m. Jazz Studio Recital, and our annual Visual Arts Portfolio Day.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Commitment One - Taking Radical Responsibility

  • Taking full responsibility for one's circumstances (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) is the foundation of true personal and relational transformation.
  • Blame, shame, and guilt all come from toxic fear.
  • Toxic fear drives the victim-villain-hero triangle, which keeps leaders and teams from functioning optimally.
  • Conscious leaders and teams take full responsibility - radical responsibility - instead of placing blame.
  • Radical responsibility means locating the cause and control of our lives in ourselves, not in external events.
  • Instead of asking, "Who's to blame?," conscious leaders ask, "What can we learn and how can we grow from this?"
  • Conscious leaders are open to the possibility that instead of controlling and changing the world, perhaps the world is just right the way it is. This creates huge growth opportunities on a personal and organizational level.

Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp - The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership - A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success; pages 45-59.

Congratulations to Caroline Belangia and Grace Gardner!

A play written by FAC senior Caroline Belangia and 2021 graduate Grace Gardner has been selected for Centre Stage’s 19th annual New Play Festival Nov 18-20 at 7:30 pm. The play, Stranger (Dis) Connected, is a one-act that was written and performed at the FAC Spring 2021. As one of the five finalists selected from 100 submissions, the play will be read at the Festival, with FAC student Jamaica Brewster reading one of the characters. The winner will be selected at the end of the festival and will be considered for next year’s Centre Stage season.

From the FAC Parent Guild

Dear FAC Families and Friends,

We have a few upcoming events that we would like to do for our amazing Fine Arts Center faculty and staff!

Holiday Thank You

  • The faculty and staff so enjoyed the coffee truck last December that we’d like to continue the tradition with an upcoming fun holiday teacher surprise.
  • We’d also like to be able to say “thank you” by giving a holiday gift card and having a Holiday Luncheon.

If you’d like to contribute to our wonderful teachers and staff, please click the SignUpGenius Link below. All donations will be accepted through Venmo (@FACParentGuild – it is a business account), or you can drop off a check in the office made out to FAC Parent Guild, and note “Holiday Gift” in the memo line so we can make sure it is used for our December events and any future teacher appreciation activities.

Thank you in advance for your support – please email FACParentGuild@gmail.com with any questions!

Kathy Hennessy – Parent Guild Finances

LAST CHANCE! M. Judson Booksellers - Fine Arts Center Fundraiser

Do you love books? Gifts? Baked goods? Coffee? Shopping local? Supporting the Fine Arts Center?

Now is your opportunity for any and all of the above!

The Fine Arts Center is working in partnership with Greenville's own M. Judson Booksellers. When patrons shopping in the downtown bookstore between Friday, November 5 and Friday, November 12 mention the FAC while checking out, M. Judson shares a portion of the proceeds with us.

Please consider shopping at M. Judson this week and contributing to the Fine Arts Center PARTners.


Thank you so much for your support of the FAC Theatre Department's Fall Production - FASHIONISTAS. All performances are sold out. Good luck to our performers and the design/production crew!

SEL Program - Next Wednesday, November 17

The next Advisory day for our AM students will be Wednesday, November 17. We will continue our discussion on the lessons we can learn when we fail, and will introduce self-efficacy techniques to overcome times when we encounter challenges that seem outside of our reach.

Faculty News

Ryan Roth Featured at Pickens Museum

Congratulations to Fine Arts Center drawing, painting, and printmaking teacher Ryan Roth whose paintings will be included in the Pickens County Museum Annual South Carolina Juried Arts Competition.

Donna Shank to Present at SCAEA Annual Conference

Fine Arts Center visual arts teacher Donna Shank will be presenting three sessions at the South Carolina Art Education Association Annual Conference. This year's theme is "Courageous Creativity," and she will be teaching the state's art teachers the process of book making. https://www.scaea.org/state-art-conference.html


Scholarship Opportunities

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist junior students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need, good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: November 18, 2021


Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts.


Alchemy Comedy Club

Don't miss Finnegan Garity, an 11th-grade student in the Creative Writing program, who performs monthly at Alchemy Comedy Club (Coffee Underground) with his improv team, “Irene”. The next performance with Irene is Thursday, November 18, at 9:00 p.m. Check it out!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Our friends at Centre Stage want to let you know about their upcoming show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Centre Stage is excited to be presenting this fun, comedic show to upstate audiences from Oct 21st-Nov. 7th. Because they are performing all of Shakespeare's plays in one evening, they asked me to reach out to you and let you know about some deals that we currently have running. They are offering a $15 ticket to all students and educators using the discount code - "Shakespeare." Go to http://www.centrestage.org for more info.

Please note that one of our Theatre Performance students, Chaz Haines (grade 12), is serving as Assistant Director for this production. Please consider supporting his efforts by going to see the show!

"Annie" at SCCT

Congratulations to the following FAC students for earning a role in the South Carolina Children's Theatre production of "Annie."

  • 9th Graders Harper Bright (Architecture), Bella Majarais (Theatre), and Ayden Woo (Voice)
  • 10th Grader Claire Shirley (Voice)
  • 11th Grader Lexi Howard (Voice)

For tickets and showtimes, please click here - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/annie/.

CBT's 'The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville'

Don't miss Carolina Ballet Theatre's production of, "The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville." The cast features many students from the FAC Dance Program! Showtimes are as follows:

Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2021, at 2:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-15.

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

  • November 12, 13, 19, 20 - Theatre Fall Production at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • November 17 - 2:25 Jazz Studio Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 18 - Visual Arts Portfolio Day
  • November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1-14 - Visual Arts Holiday Sale
  • December 2 - Voice Studio Recital at FAC; 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. studios perform at 6:00 p.m.; 10:10 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. studios perform at 8:00 p.m.*
  • December 6 - Theatre Winter Presentations at FAC, time TBD
  • December 9 - Strings Chamber Music Recital at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • December 20-31 - Winter Break

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

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:

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