FAC Weekly Update

December 17, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

2021 is now in the books for the Fine Arts Center. Thank you to the students, parents, faculty, and staff for making the past four months an incredible experience! Our showcase performances were the perfect present to celebrate a successful start to the school year.

I encourage our students to reflect upon their first assignments of the school year - notice how much more you can accomplish now, how much you have overcome, and all of the growth you have to look forward to. There is so much for us to be proud of and thankful for!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


"Nineteenth-century clergyman Phillips Brooks maintained, 'Character is made in the small moments of our lives.' Anytime you break a moral principle, you create a small crack in the foundation of your integrity, And when times get tough, it becomes harder to act with integrity, not easier. Character isn't created in a crisis; it only comes to light. Everything you have done in the past - and the things you have neglected to do - come to a head when you're under pressure.

Developing and maintaining integrity requires constant attention. What are you doing in the small moments of your life?"

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader - December 19, page 385.

Pelham Foundation Architecture Scholarship

Thanks to a very generous endowment from the Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation, we are proud to announce the Pelham Foundation Architecture Scholarship!

The Pelham Foundation Architecture Scholar’ is a $15,000 a year need-based scholarship for a student enrolled or enrolling in the Clemson University School of Architecture. The student must be a graduate of The Fine Arts Center Architecture Program. To maintain eligibility, students must remain an Architecture major, enroll as a full-time student per semester and earn a 3.0 GPA annually. The scholarship can be renewed for up to three additional years. Consideration for the scholarship is determined by acceptance to the University from a completed admissions application submitted prior to December 31.

National Art Education Association 2022 Juried Exhibition

Congratulations to the following National Arts Honors Society members whose works were selected by the National Art Education Association 2022 Juried exhibition:

Romeja Robinson for In Due Time
Sophie Kutcher for Scapegoat
Maddi Lehde for The Ransom Note

There were 1,665 submissions, and only 200 works were selected for exhibition by jurors from Burren School of Art, College for Creative Studies, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Moore College of Art and Design, and Parsons School of Design. Congratulations, Romeja, Sophie, and Maddi!


On behalf of the Fine Arts Center Faculty and Staff, THANK YOU to our Parents and the FAC Parent Guild for a wonderful Holiday Party. We enjoyed delicious food and amazing cookies from Crumbl. To top it off, all staff members received a gift card. We so appreciate the outpouring of generosity and love from our FAC Family!

Reminder to Re-Apply to the FAC

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2022-2023 School Year is now open via the GCS Student Backpack account.

  • All current FAC students must re-apply for next year - please take care of this now so that it does not fall off your radar.
  • FAC students do not need to re-audition for their current program - we assess their qualifications through their daily class performance, on-time submission of assignments, and demonstration of progress via grades.
  • Should a current FAC student wish to apply for a different area of study, they will need to go through the audition process for that program. A student who is in good standing with their current program does not need to worry about "losing their spot" if they audition for (and accept an offer from) a new program, as long as they make certain to re-apply for their current program.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. We will be placing an order for new items after the new year, so act now to get your merch before the holidays.


Concert Opportunity at the Peace Center

From the Peace Center...

"The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. The ensemble originated from informal chamber music readings at the home of brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen in the early 2000s and has now grown to 36 members. Through vibrant programming, unbridled energy, and collaborative music-making, The Knights bring classical music to life in a way that surprises and inspires both new and longtime listeners.

The Knights are joined by pianist-composer Aaron Diehl, who invites listeners into the chambered whole of his artistry that crosses genre, sound, and identity. The American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter fellow is focusing his attention on his forthcoming solo album and ongoing curation of Black American composers programming with an emphasis on William Grant Still."

For tickets, go to https://secure.peacecenter.org/7721/7927.


Scholarship Opportunities

James F. Brynes Foundation

$4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

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. Details at www.watson-brown.org. Deadline: February 8, 2022.

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. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

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. silverpen-slc.com. Deadline: February 21, 2022.

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/


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

  • December 20-31 - Winter Break
  • January 3 - First day back from Winter Break
  • January 7 - Winter Dance Offerings
  • January 13 - End of Quarter 2
  • January 14 - Student Holiday; Teacher Professional Development
  • January 17 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 18 - Beginning of Quarter 3
  • January 19 - SEL Advisory Session, FAC AM Students
  • January 20 - Deadline to apply to the Fine Arts Center for the 2022-2023 School Year

*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.

Don't Miss the FAC Winter Dance Offerings!

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From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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