FAC Weekly Update

December 9, 2022

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! It is a busy time at the FAC - we are wrapping up our annual Visual Arts Holiday Sale, preparing for juries and portfolio reviews, rehearsing for showcase, and getting ready for a well-earned break. Our application for the 2023-2024 school year is open, and we have already completed over 40 visitations to schools and tours of the FAC for GCS middle and high school students. Full speed ahead to the Holiday Break!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


If you want to lead, you must always lead yourself first. If you can't, you have no credibility. I've found the following to be true:

  • If I can't lead myself, others won't follow me.
  • If I can't lead myself, others won't respect me.
  • If I can't lead myself, others won't partner with me.

That applies whether the influence you desire to exert is on the people above you, beside you, or below you. The better you are at making sure you're doing what you should be doing, the better chance you have for making an impact on others.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader; Page 375 (December 9)

Update Regarding December 16 Class Schedule

Please note that the last day of classes in 2022 is Friday, December 16. That day is a half-day for students.

We have been informed that GCS will only be able to provide bus transportation from the home base high school to the FAC. Due to the elementary dismissal time of 10:45 a.m., buses will not be available to return students to their home base high school from the FAC. We apologize for this inconvenience. Here is what this means for you and your child…

  • FAC morning students who attend Wade Hampton High School should plan to attend the Fine Arts Center as normal.
  • All other FAC students should plan to attend their morning classes at the FAC only if they can have their parent pick them up from the FAC and transport them back to their home base high school after our morning session.
    • *Note – some GCS high schools are working on sending a bus driven by one of their staff members. If this can be arranged by a particular school, I will reach out to those students and parents immediately upon receiving confirmation from the school.
    • If they are unable to secure transportation home from the FAC, the student should plan to attend their home base high school for the duration of the half-day session.
    • Students will not be penalized on their attendance record at the FAC if they cannot attend due to a transportation hardship.

If you are unable to provide transportation home from the FAC for your child, please complete the absence form that is linked on the following web page - https://www.fineartscenter.net/page.asp?titleid=absences. Input the date of December 16, 2022 and give the reason of “transportation hardship – half day” in the appropriate location on the form.

The 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. classes will not meet on December 16.

Holiday Break begins on Monday, December 18 and ends on January 2, 2023. The first day of class in the new year is Tuesday, January 3.

YoungArts Award Winners

Last week's update featured a section on Lillian Mozie - a student in the FAC Dance studio who has been named as a YoungArts finalist in the category of Ballet.

We have two FAC students who earned Honorable Mention awards from YoungArts:

  • Emily Allison, Writing (Poetry)
  • Ava Ramsey, Voice (Jazz)

The YoungArts Honorable Mention award level recognizes work that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong sense of artistry; and a depth of thinking/performance that exceeds the level of peers at this career stage. Honorable Mention winners receive a monetary award of $250.

Congratulations to Lillian, Emily, and Ava!

FAC Application - Now Open!

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2023-2024 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.


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Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family), good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships Opens: December 1, 2022

Lyceum Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for students who will be entering Clemson University in Fall 2023. Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to the Lyceum Scholars Program and separately to Clemson University. All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University. https://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/capitalism/lyceum/scholars.html Deadline: December 11, 2022

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is a $1000 award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. https://www.derricklawfirm.com/library/scholarship.cfm Deadline: December 15, 2022

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars earn a $10,000 renewable scholarship - up to $40,000 total - for tuition, school fees, books, supplies, and on-campus room and board. They also attend an exclusive, all-expenses-paid Scholars Retreat in California. Candidates must

  • Demonstrate the attributes of leadership, integrity, drive, and citizenship within their communities, schools, and workplaces
  • Display strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent)
  • Be citizens of the United States of America
  • Be current high school seniors attending high school within the United States, (including any U.S. territories or commonwealths), and graduating in winter 2022 or spring 2023. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible.
  • Plan to enroll in a full‑time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four‑year college or university in the United States for the entire 2023-2024 academic school year https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
  • Deadline 1/5/23

Kitty Moss Fairey Trust Fund Scholarship – Must attend SC college or university. GPA 3.0. Based on financial need. Income not to exceed $40,000. https://www.csascholars.org/incapp/indexcss_std.php# Deadline: January 9, 2023

RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM Amount: $10,000/year, renewable. Requirements: African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need, must plan to attend a 4-year University. https://ronbrown.org/about/about-rbsp/ Deadline: January 9, 2023

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.https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/vsa-international-young-musicians/ Deadline: January 18, 2023

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Scholarship: National Scholarship selectees (Navy, Nurse and Marine Options) must attend and complete New Student Indoctrination during the summer (during July) prior to reporting to their assigned Unit. The NROTC scholarship is merit based and, once activated, minimum levels of academic, aptitude, and physical fitness performance are required to maintain the scholarship. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements/ Deadline: 1/31/23

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a non-academic cash prize ($1,000) for high school students who have done work to advance racial equity in their high schools or communities. We select a winner from 29 different regions around the country, and in addition to the cash prize, winners attend an all-expenses-paid symposium on racial justice and advocacy at Princeton University in the spring. The application is open now until January 31, 2023. More information can be found here or on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations website: https://pprize.princeton.edu/

James F. Byrnes 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, 2023

The Wofford Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Fine Arts Scholarship, which provides for approximately a third of tuition costs over four years. This substantial scholarship is designed both to recognize the work of serious studio artists and to facilitate their continued artistic and academic growth throughout their Wofford careers. Prospective first-year Studio Art majors planning to matriculate in Fall 2023 may apply to receive this scholarship, which can be combined with any other scholarships they may receive. To apply, please follow this link to find instructions on submitting a portfolio before the February 1st deadline https://www.wofford.edu/admission/scholarships/art-and-art-history-scholarship

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. February 8, 2022

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 13, 2023

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 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. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20. 2023

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

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Milltown Players - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

FAC Voice students Brady Green and Mallory Webb are featured in the cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Performances are at the Simpsonville Arts Center on Dec 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3pm. For tickets, please go to -


Harvey - TRHS Theatre

Travelers Rest HS Theatre will be performing Harvey at TRHS Auditorium on December 10, 2022 at 2PM & 7PM. The cast is led by FAC Voice student Lucas Bowers, and includes FAC Art student Aiden Tribble whose artwork and acting skills will be on display. For more information check out this link: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/trtheatre/auditions-performances/harvey

Mauldin Cultural Center - A Christmas Carol

Come out and support Samuel Hendricks (Grade 10, FAC Dance) as he performs in A Christmas Carol at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Shows run from December 2 through December 11. For tickets - https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/mauldin-cultural-center/a-christmas-carol-85382.

International Ballet - The Nutcracker

The beloved holiday classic returns to the Peace Concert Hall featuring principal guest artists accompanied by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

  • December 9, 2022 | 7:30PM
  • December 10, 2022 | 7:30PM
  • December 11, 2022 | 3:00PM
  • Peace Concert Hall - BUY TICKETS

Greenville Ballet - The Nutcracker

Andrew Kuharsky's annual production of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic has been a mainstay of the community for over 30 years. Guest dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem join local dancers and children in this beautiful production.

  • Friday, December 16, 2022; 7:00 p.m. – McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
  • Tickets are $31 and are sold through Greenville Ballet School

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!



  • Thursday, December 15 - FAC Winter Showcases; during school classes, for students only
  • Friday, December 16 - Half Day for Students
  • December 18 through January 2 (2023) - Holiday Break
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - First day of school after Holiday Break

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