FAC Weekly Update

March 11, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! We are racing towards Spring Break, but first...we have three fantastic performances next week that you MUST see. We are able to have larger audiences in the Recital Hall, so please come out and support our students! And don't forget our Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's next Wednesday.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Making the Most of Our Mistakes

How to make the most of our mistakes:

First, stop fearing mistakes. Elbert Hubbard once said, 'the greatest mistake one can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.' What are mistakes?

Messages that give us feedback about life.

Interruptions that should cause us to reflect and think.

Signposts that direct us to the right path, if we allow them.

Tests that are designed to make us mature.

Awakenings that keep us mentally in the game.

Keys that we try when unlocking the next door of opportunity.

Explorers that allow us to journey where we have never been before.

Statements about our development and progress.

Tallulah Bankhead may have said it best - 'If I had to live my life over, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.'

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Podcast

SC Poetry Out Loud

For the second year in a row, Emily Allison from the Fine Arts Center has won the S.C. Poetry Out Loud competition! Emily, a sophomore in the FAC Creative Writing program, will represent South Carolina in the national finals on June 1.

Fine Arts Center was also represented by the first runner-up, Harper Scott. Harper is a senior in our Theatre Performance program.

Congratulations to Emily and Harper!

Grand Jete SC Ballet Competition

Congratulations to the following FAC Dance Students on placing at the annual Grand Jete SC ballet competition at the SC Governor's School:

  • Lillian Mozie -1st place in the junior division for contemporary dance and 2nd place in classical ballet, junior division
  • Jonimarie Purtle - 3rd place in classical ballet, senior division
  • Genevieve Grunenwald - 3rd place in classical and contemporary categories in the junior division

Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.

Workshop for FAC Parents - March 30, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, Mr. Popat will present a workshop for parents titled, "Mind Games: How Boys and Girls Learn, and How Knowing This Helps You as a Parent." The workshop will be held in the FAC Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP using the following link - https://forms.gle/ShP6EvLSPZcQssSj8.


The Callisto Quartet

The Callisto Quartet just wrapped up the second week of their two-week residency at the Fine Arts Center. We are grateful to this group of world-class musicians for their approach to working with our students. The feedback they provided was detailed, constructive, and meaningful. The concert at the Peace Center was extraordinary. Thank you to the Peace Center, Metropolitan Arts Council, the Elbert W Rogers Foundation, and the FAC Partners for funding the residency!

FAC Merch - Sale Ends Thursday, March 17

This week is the last chance to order the new line of merchandise from the FAC Parent Guild. We will have samples of the new FAC merch in the lobby before and after class. Click on the following link to access a Google Form to place orders - https://forms.gle/Scw3F56rrCgtvpHm6.

Payment must be either via Venmo or a check made out to "FAC Parent Guild." Orders will be processed once payment is received.


FAC Jazz All-Stars Return to the Peace Center

Don't miss the first of two jazz concerts at the Peace Center this semester - Wednesday, March 16 at Genevieve's Lounge. This performance will feature Leah Rutherford, Blake Slaughter, Carson Moore, Miles Jernigan, and Patrick Lane. For tickets, click the link below.


Please come out and support these wonderful student musicians!

"The Lost Melody" at the Fine Arts Center

Don't miss the chance to see a world-class jazz trio perform at our very own Sutherlin Recital Hall. Originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, "The Lost Melody" is finally coming to Greenville to share its music with our community. They will perform a FREE concert on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and will spend Thursday, April 7 in the Jazz Studio working with our AM and PM students.

Please RSVP to the concert by completing this form - https://forms.gle/f9asUpycrqwb1g1y5

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Scholarship Opportunities

South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program

Since 1997 the South Carolina State Fair has awarded scholarships to students across the state of South Carolina. The 2022 scholarship application and eligibility requirements are now available at www.scstatefair.org. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

AHAM Scholarship

The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following ahamsc.org/scholarship. The deadline is March 19, 2022.

Regions "Riding Foward" Scholarship Contest

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who live in states with Regions Bank full-service branches and will attend an accredited college during the 2022-2023 academic school year. (15 scholarships will be awarded for Written Essay submissions and 15 scholarships will be awarded for Video Essay submissions.). https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-and-inclusion/supporting-our-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline - March 31, 2022.

School Links has a comprehensive scholarship list. Log into your student account. Click on Finances and Scholarship Matching.

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/


"The Cat in the Hat" - SC Children's Theatre

Please consider supporting FAC's own Tesia Hennessey (Grade 9, FAC Theatre) in the SC Children's Theatre production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. For ticket information, please visit https://scchildrenstheatre.org/dr-seusss-the-cat-in-the-hat/.

"The Little Mermaid" - Greer Children's Theatre

Come see FAC students Shamaiah Brown (Theater), Erin Poinsette (Design and Production), Vittoria Swalm (Theater), Ellie Hambrook (Design and Production), Sarah Poinsette (Voice), and Ben Turner (Theater) in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "The Little Mermaid."

Performances are March 4-5 and 11-13.

Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61215.

"Arabian Nights" - Carolina Ballet Theatre

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Arabian Nights - featuring a number of students from our FAC Dance Studio. Performance dates and ticket information are as follows:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 12 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-14

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

  • March 15 - Chamber Strings Recital; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 16 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center; Genevieve's Lounge
  • March 17 - The Next Generation: A Concert of Creative Minds; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 29 - Architecture Gallery Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

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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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Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.

FAC Class Rings

Class Ring order forms were shared with all FAC Juniors, and are to be turned in next Thursday - March 10. Herff-Jones will be in the FAC lobby next Thursday before each class session to collect forms and answer questions.