FAC Weekly Update

May 14, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

Today is the last day for our FAC Seniors, and while we will honor them at Monday evening's Commencement ceremony, I feel it is appropriate to recognize this amazing group of students in this newsletter. The Class of 2021 has been through some tough times, and despite it all, they have persevered and created truly beautiful art. These students have earned a record amount of scholarship funding, helped to earn the highest number of 2021 Scholastic Awards in the state, participated in professional learning experiences in the community, and collaborated for some truly stunning performances. Bravo to our FAC graduates, and best wishes towards what surely will be a bright future!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"Here are ten new empowering presuppositions that should form the basis of your mindset:

  1. Every circumstance and every person you encounter is here to teach you and help you -- it's all working for your good.
  2. Your life is a reflection of your beliefs.
  3. Self-centeredness is the root cause of fear.
  4. We all have the same deep needs and same deep desires.
  5. Everyone does the best they can with what they have (in their hearts).
  6. The map is not the territory. The world you see and interact with isn't reality; it's the one your mind created based on the way you've interpreted and processed the events in your life so far.
  7. You are not your mind. Your mind is part of you that you need to train.
  8. The problem is not the problem, the problem is the way you're thinking about it.
  9. There's no failure, only feedback.
  10. The person with the most control of their inner world has the most power."

Jim Murphy, "Inner Excellence: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible Life.".

Congratulations to David Jones!

Senior FAC Creative Writing student David Jones has been awarded the Herman Lay scholarship from Furman University! This scholarship is considered to be one of, if not the most prestigious scholarship the school awards. David has earned financial support in the form of a full cost of attendance scholarship for four years, totaling close to $300,000.

Congrats, David!

Congratulations to Norah Bailey!

FAC Sophomore Voice student Norah Bailey has been accepted to the Juilliard Summer Voice Program! Norah will have the opportunity to work closely with the prestigious faculty of the Juilliard School and will collaborate with other voice students from around the world.

Congrats, Norah!


  • May 14 - Last day for Seniors
  • May 17 - FAC Commencement -- 7:00 p.m., Greer HS
  • May 28 - Last Day for Underclassmen

Removal of Mask Mandate

Per the email I sent on Wednesday evening...

You are most likely aware that Governor McMaster has issued an Executive Order to provide a mask opt-out process for families. This action has the effect of law, and DHEC has, in turn, published a form allowing parents to opt-out of the Greenville County Schools’ facial mask mandate. You can find this form posted to our district website - https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/News/main.asp?titleid=2105masks.

I have also included direct links to the form below.

DHEC Opt-Out Form--English

DHEC Opt-Out Form--Spanish

The Fine Arts Center, along with all GCS High Schools, will follow these procedures:

  1. Social-distancing requirements are still in place.
  2. If you wish to opt-out of the requirement that your child wear a mask, complete the DHEC opt-out form and either email it to me or have your child drop off a hard copy to our Main Office. Please be sure to email or send in hard copies to both your home base high school and the Fine Arts Center.
  3. Once we receive the form, we (or your child's home base school - whichever location sees your child first) will issue your child a customized sticker to be placed on their school ID. This will allow school personnel to know which students have submitted their form.
  4. Because we can no longer maintain recommended public health protocols, we will also allow parents to opt for their students to work from home for the remainder of this year. This may be a challenge relative to certain disciplines at the FAC, where specialized equipment is only accessible in our studios. We will do our best to provide as similar an experience as possible for those students who are working from home. If you wish for your student to transition to eLearning for the rest of the year, please submit the request in writing (email or hard copy) to me by Monday, May 17. Students will be marked absent, but those absences will be coded as administratively excused.

Additional information is posted at www.greenville.k12.sc.us

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns by emailing me directly - vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us. Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's education, and for entrusting us with the care of your child during the school day.

Students Performing in the Community

Be sure to check out FAC Theatre Students Christiana Negron (Junior - Theatre Performance) and Lauren Bennett (Junior - Theatre Design and Production) in, "Freaky Friday - the Musical." Performances are at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Ticket information can be found here - https://www.onthestage.com/show/mauldin-cultural-center/disneys-freaky-friday-63914.

See the below picture for performance dates and times.

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award - https://www.daphnemlee.com/scholarship

    Founded in 2019, the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award was established out of the lack of scholarships to women of color pursuing performing arts majors in colleges and universities. As an arts advocate, Lee seeks to have more of a balance in the world of performing arts creatives, believing that the world can heal more through arts. The mission of this scholarship to not only help alleviate the high costs of education but to encourage more people to pursue the arts leading to full-time careers.

  • NEW - Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship - In an effort to help students with the soaring costs of tuition while also contributing to the fine arts establishment, Krylon is awarding 5 scholarships to future fine artists and giving 10 students a gift pack of Krylon art supplies. There are five $1,000 Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships, complete with a gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. In addition, the art program at each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a large gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. https://www.krylon.com/.../krylon-clear-choice-art.../ Deadline May 31, 2021

  • Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. . Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Participants can submit their entry beginning at 12:00 PM EDT on March 31, 2021, through 11:59 PM EDT on June 9, 2021. Final winners will be announced on about July 21, 2021. Details at www.stuckatprom.com

  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to A&F by email at scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

    Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Deadline - June 12, 2021.

  • Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    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


FAC Parent Guild

If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.

Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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