FAC Weekly Update

November 19, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a fantastic week! As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, it is important for us to express some sentiments of gratitude for our time together since the start of the school year:

  • Thank you to our students for the dedication you have shown thus far. Your growth as individuals and as a group has been outstanding.
  • Thank you to the parents for your support as we continue to work through some challenging times. Our partnership is critical to the success of our students.
  • Thank you to our Faculty and Staff for creating a warm, structured environment in which our students can learn. Thank you for pushing the students beyond their perceived capabilities, and for always thinking of ways to improve the experience here.
  • Thank you to our staff - Main Office, Counseling, and Custodians - for being the unsung heroes of the school. Without your commitment to excellence and attention to detail, we could not provide our students with the FAC experience.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Commitment Two - Learning Through Curiosity

  • Self-awareness and learning agility are known to create sustained success in leaders - they form the foundation of conscious leadership.
  • At any point, leaders are either above the line (open, curious, and committed to learning) or below the line (defensive, close, and committed to being right).
  • Being "right" doesn't cause drama, but wanting, proving, and fighting to be "right" does.
  • The issue is not whether we will drift astray, but how long we stay in a drift before we shift out of it.

Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp - The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership - A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success; pages 61-79.

Congratulations to Steve Watson!

Congratulations to Fine Arts Center 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Steve Watson! Steve was chosen by a panel of his peers to represent the FAC, and we cannot think of a more deserving educator to receive this honor.

Steve has been the Director of Jazz Studies at The Fine Arts Center since 1990. He graduated from Newberry College with a BA in 1974 and The University of Miami (Coral Gables) with a MM in 1977. Steve has performed all over the world. He was a member of The University of Miami Concert Jazz Band that toured Switzerland, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia. From 1978 through 1984, Steve was a member of The Bruce Hornsby Band. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a studio guitarist for television, movies, and records. His credits include Hill Street Blues, Magnum PI, The A-Team, Hunter, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, Murder She Wrote, LA Law, Big Business, Simon and Simon, Quantum Leap, The Young Riders, Sonny Spoon, The Greatest American Hero, Young Guns, Trains, Planes and Autos, Sixteen Candles, Rhinestone, Dragnet, Dr. Detroit, River Rats, Into the Night and The Dolly Parton variety television show. He has also recorded commercials for Coors, Budweiser, 7-11, Acura, Honda and Toyota. Steve was an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California from 1981-1990 and lecturer at The University of Miami from 1977-1978.

Visual Arts Holiday Sale

The annual FAC Holiday Sale is back in person!

Sign in at the FAC front desk and then visit the FAC lobby to make your purchases of visual art student-made books, pottery, and jewelry! The goal of the sale is for students to learn entrepreneurship skills through art. Students earn 50% of the sale proceeds, while the FAC Visual Art areas earn the other 50%.

Holiday Sale Details:

Dates: Wed., Dec. 1 to Wed., Dec. 15

Daily sale times are 8:45 - 9:15am, 1:00 - 1:30pm, and 3:15 - 3:45 pm

Cash, Venmo, and personal checks accepted.

We also need parents to help sell the art! If you are interested, use the Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949A9AB23A7F85-facvisual

Art Supply Drive

Believe it or not, the winter holidays are already upon us! Although this season brings much joy and fellowship, for children in foster care, separation from loved ones also brings feelings of grief and loss. We all know art - whether it be drawing, writing, or otherwise - can provide a critical outlet for processing complicated emotions. We are working with Greenville County DSS to collect a wide variety of art supplies to support children in foster care not just this winter, but throughout the year.

A box will be available in the FAC lobby from December 6-10 for collection. Click on the picture to view the informational flyer for the event

From the FAC Parent Guild

Dear FAC Families and Friends,

Thank you so much to those who have already donated towards supporting our amazing Fine Arts Center faculty and staff! There's still time for you to help if you would like to do so.

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

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.

Faculty News

Gina Buntz to Guest-Teach in London

Best wishes to FAC Dance Department Chair, Gina Buntz, who will be visiting London over Thanksgiving week and guest-teaching at the University of Roehampton with Dr. Kathleen Klein, Dance Chair at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Good luck and safe travels, Ms. Buntz!


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/

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.


Greenville Ballet - Nutcracker

Be sure to check out the Greenville Ballet's annual production of the Nutcracker! Tickets are now on sale. The cast features FAC and ARMES students in our Dance programs. Reserved seats can be purchased at the Greenville Ballet School, Timmons Arena Box office at Furman University, and through Ticketmaster by phone, online, or at outlet locations. Tickets for the 3:00 pm. performance on Saturday, December 15 are $26, $24, or $22

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 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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