FAC Weekly Update

January 22, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a terrific week!

Our first few days with more students in the building have gone very well, and even though we are masked and socially-distanced, it is starting to feel a bit more "normal" in the building. We are on our way, continuing to work through the challenges and proving that we can make great art, no matter what.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

“If you want to have an amazing impact as a leader, you need to...do many unamazing things as you set the example for your team.

  • Practicing is not amazing.
  • Studying is not amazing.
  • Showing up is not amazing.
  • Working hard is not amazing.
  • Asking questions is not amazing.
  • Changing is not amazing.
  • Trying is not amazing.
  • Failing is not amazing.
  • Trying again is not amazing.

But every one of these things is necessary. They are the price you must pay every day to reach your potential. If you pay that price and do it consistently, the final result can be amazing."

John C. Maxwell, Leadershift - The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, p. 78-79.

Is Your Child Performing in the Greenville Community?

While many live performance event venues are still understandably closed, there are a few locations that are offering safe, socially-distanced performances that feature FAC Students. Is your child performing at this time? If so, please send me an email so that I can share the event(s) with our FAC Family.

Email me at vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us.

Speaking of which - check out these students who are performing!

Two of our Jazz students, Robbie Heyde and Ava Ramsey, are playing a duo gig on Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14th - from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at Maestro's Bistro and Dinner Club. They will be playing in the main restaurant area.

Robbie can also be heard performing regularly at Maestro's Bistro, Southern Culture, and Sweet Sippin' (Simpsonville). Please go to their websites for the full music schedule!

ATTENTION FAC PARENTS! We want your input!

The Fine Arts Center Partners' Parent Engagement Committee is looking for your help with...Parent Engagement! We want to hear from you about the ways you would like to be involved in the FAC. Please mark your calendar for:

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m.

We'll meet via Zoom at the following link - https://greenvilleschools.zoom.us/j/88085308392?pwd=WklObWFLaFc1MkxMVU5KTVJpQ3A1dz09.

The meeting will be recorded in case we have over 250 participants. However, we hope to have as many people attend in person as possible so that we can have a productive conversation. See you soon!

Internet Safety Event - from the Julie Valentine Center

Please join the Julie Valentine Center as they discuss internet safety, sexting and its impact, and talking to your kids in a constructive way about this sometimes sensitive topic. Tonya Stewart, JVC adolescent therapist, will share her experiences with sexting, trauma, supporting your kids through this experience, and talking to other parents about this. They will also discuss internet safety tips and talking points for you and your child. You can join them via zoom or watch live on Facebook.

Summer Intensive Study - Scholarship Funds Available!

The Fine Arts Center Partners have pledged $10,000 towards financial assistance for our students to participate in Summer Intensive Programs! Many of our students choose to apply to programs hosted by major art institutions - The Juilliard School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Interlochen, and many more upper-echelon programs that provide top-notch training. These programs often involve travel, room, and boarding expenses, and we hope to use these funds to help offset the costs to our students.

An application will be shared in the near future, where students can outline their goals and the accompanying program costs. The priority of funding will be given to students who are P.I.P. status or demonstrate financial need through the application.

Many thanks to our Partners for their generosity!

Resources for the New Attendance Plan

Confused about the new attendance plan? Please go to our new webpage that contains resources on the 75% Attendance Plan. We have downloadable calendars and an infographic that should help you and your child manage the new schedule.



Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The 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. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - 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 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 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. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.


Video for Students - from Mr. Popat

Mr. Popat - Students 75%

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



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