FAC Weekly Update

February 5, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a terrific week!

We are charging ahead into the month of February. In case you missed our post on social media and our website, please click on the following link to see the good news regarding the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - https://fineartscenter.net/page.asp?titleid=scholastic.

  • Updates from the FAC Partners, including information on the Parent Guild
  • A link to the FAC Mid-Year Student Film Showcase
  • A link to the student-published Crashtest Magazine
  • New scholarships added weekly to the list (look for the word NEW next to the scholarship)
  • We have a permanent spot for the FAC Strategic Arts Plan at the bottom of the newsletter
  • Please be sure to check out our FAC Alumni Spotlight webpage - link at the bottom of the newsletter as well. New alumni profiles have been added!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Make the Leadershift from Directing to Connecting

“If you want to become the best leader you're capable of being, you must learn to connect with people. To do that, you must find ways to overcome the challenges of connecting a finding common ground. This can often be a difficult process, especially with a varied team.

When you direct, it's like building a bridge to others, but the traffic goes one way. When you connect, it is a two-way street. And because of that, everything improves."

John C. Maxwell, Leadershift - The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, p. 147-168.

News from the FAC Partners

Parent Engagement Committee - thank you to all who attended our Zoom meeting last Tuesday! If you missed the meeting but are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, where you can have an active role in supporting our students and school, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

Wish List - FAC Equipment

Based on feedback from the Parent Guild meeting, I am sharing with you a working document that serves as our Wish List. Please click on the following link to access the list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wr_aHAWv3NUTw1e3Oqzb8lUAs6u3zRNXdUPiU24c7Es/edit?usp=sharing.

GCS provides us with a generous budget, but as a pre-professional training ground for aspiring artists, at times we will need to augment what we are given in order to meet professional industry standards. Instead of continuing to ask for donations without stating specific needs, we felt that providing a list would be helpful to our parents who are looking to financially support the school.

This document will be updated regularly. Please reach out to Mr. Popat with any questions. Donations can be made through the following link:


Students Performing in the Greenville Community

  • Two of our Jazz students, Robbie Heyde and Ava Ramsey, are playing a duo gig on Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14th - from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at Maestro's Bistro and Dinner Club. They will be playing in the main restaurant area. Robbie can also be heard performing regularly at Maestro's Bistro, Southern Culture, and Sweet Sippin' (Simpsonville). Please go to their websites for the full music schedule!

Is your child performing at this time? If so, please send me an email so that I can share the event(s) with our FAC Family. Email me at vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

    Andrew Lloyd Webber University Scholarships provide resources and support to high school seniors from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre industry who demonstrate exceptional talent and economic need but have a lack of financial resources to attend college to study theatre. Students can apply for a scholarship to study ANY aspect of theatre from stage management to arts administration, design to performance, and many more. Up to $10,000 renewable for four years. https://alwinitiative.secure-platform.com/a/page/UniversityScholarships Deadline to Apply-February 26, 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

  • NEW - VSA International Young Soloists Award

    Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! Each year outstanding young musicians from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to participate in professional development and performance opportunities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Deadline - March 2, 2021 https://www.kennedy-center.org/.../vsa-international.../

  • 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.

  • NEW - Alice Watkins Scholarship - $10,000 - Must be graduating senior at Wade Hampton High School and must be planning to attend accredited higher education institution in SC. Must declare major in English, Literature or Poetry (preference given to poetry) 3.0 GPA. Apply at www.cfgreenville.org/scholarshipsIf you have questions about the scholarship process or application, please contact Debbie Cooper at 864-331-8414 or email her at dcooper@cfgreenville.org Application opens March 1 and closes April 16

  • NEW - Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    The foundation for a successful career begins with education, but Dolphin Galleries recognizes that attending a college or university may not be feasible for all students and their families. Having been in the Art industry for over 42 years Dolphin Galleries recognizes the importance of the visual arts as a preservation and expression of culture. We would like to give the opportunity to the next generation of artists, designers, sculptures, painters, etc. to continue following their artistic and creative passion. Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university during the upcoming academic year, be in good academic standing, and planning to or currently pursuing an arts-related major or minor. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. Deadline: July 20, 2021. https://dolphingalleries.com/pages/scholarship


Treats for the FAC Staff

Thank you to all of the families that have donated to the Woot Woot wagon - the teachers love having this special treat!

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.



Congratulations - Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the following FAC Strings Chamber Music Students who successfully auditioned for Region Orchestra!

Grades 9-10

Ella Hale, violin

Jessica Amos, violin

Nadia Rhodes, assistant principal viola

Michelle West, principal cello

Carter Saccocio, cello

Bailey Ceurvorst, cello

Braden Anderson, cello (alternate)

Sophia Alakbarova, bass

Grades 11-12

Julia Rhyne, 1st violin

Claire Taylor, 1st violin

Nicole Bedoya, 1st violin

Philip Rawlinson, principal viola

Gabe Boyd, assistant principal viola

Charles Sanderson, viola

Sarah Dixon, viola

Will Rawlinson, principal cello

Chloe Arnold, assistant principal cello

Ali Jennings, principal string bass

Summer Intensive Study - Scholarship Funds Available!

The Fine Arts Center Partners have pledged $10,000 towards financial assistance for our students to participate in Summer Intensive Programs! Many of our students choose to apply to programs hosted by major art institutions - The Juilliard School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Interlochen, and many more upper-echelon programs that provide top-notch training. These programs often involve travel, room, and boarding expenses, and we hope to use these funds to help offset the costs to our students.

An application will be shared in the near future, where students can outline their goals and the accompanying program costs. The priority of funding will be given to students who are P.I.P. status or demonstrate financial need through the application.

Many thanks to our Partners for their generosity!

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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