FAC Weekly Update

May 7, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

We had two wonderful performances this week, with more scheduled for tonight and tomorrow. Congratulations to the Strings Chamber Music Studio and the AM Voice Studios on their outstanding concert performances! And...good luck to the FAC Dance Studio and the PM Voice Studios on their upcoming performances!

FAC SENIORS and PARENTS of SENIORS - keep a close eye on your email next week. I will be sending out an instructional video regarding the FAC Commencement, where I will walk you through all of the details you need to know for the event. We are looking forward to a fantastic celebration on May 17.

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

Thank You - FAC Spirit Week and Staff Appreciation Week!

Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for all of the generous contributions that made our Staff Appreciation Week so very special. Our bellies and hearts are full, and we thank you all for making us feel so loved and appreciated!

Special thanks to Lisa Lyvers, Ms. Erin Poole, and Ms. Kaci Cotter for organizing the daily treats and themes for us. This was a week to remember!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Change Your State, Change Your Life

"In order to be wholehearted and courageous, you must be able to adapt to circumstances you cannot control. If you want to make positive changes that last and live with fullness of life, you must learn to direct how your feel. It begins with understanding that your results come from your behaviors, your behaviors come from your feelings, and your feelings come from your thoughts. "

Jim Murphy, "Inner Excellence: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible Life," pg. 153.

AP Music Theory Test - Wednesday, April 12

The AP Music Theory Exam is set to take place on Wednesday, May 12th at NOON. The following information was communicated by our AP Music Theory Instructors, and is included below as a review for our students and parents:

  • Exam Date: Wednesday, May 12th

  • Transportation: ALL AP Music Theory students must provide their own transportation to and from the Fine Arts Center on exam day: Wednesday, May 12th. Due to the exam start time, we cannot rely on buses to transport students.

  • Arrival Time: Arrive at the Fine Arts Center NO LATER than 11:30 a.m. We will begin general instructions at 11:45am. Please do not arrive late!.

  • Exam Start Time: 12:00 p.m. (Noon) The exam runs approximately 3.5 - 4 hours.

  • Dismissal and Pick-Up: You will be dismissed at the conclusion of the Sight-singing portion of the exam. If you are being picked up by a parent, please have them arrive by 4:00pm. Keep in mind, this pick-up time also coincides with the Wade Hampton HS dismissal.


  • TWO sharpened No. 2 Pencils with erasers

  • TWO pens with black or dark blue ink

  • A watch that does NOT have internet access, does not beep or make noise, and does not have an alarm (This is for students to keep time during the exam. We suggest going to purchase a cheap children’s that only has the hour and minute hands...nothing fancy.)


  • Electronic Equipment including phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, wearable technology, cameras, recording or listening devices, or any other type of electronic or communication device

  • Books, reference guides, notes, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or colored pencils

  • Scratch Paper

  • Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm

  • Reference guides

  • Ear plugs

  • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information

  • Food or drink

  • Clipboards

FAC Spring Showcase

Although we cannot have our annual in-person Showcase performances due to social-distancing restrictions, our Performing Arts students and instructors have worked hard to produce a video showcase for our school. On Friday, May 14 during both morning and afternoon sessions, our students (both in-person and at home on eLearning) will view the showcase performances in their FAC studios. We will be treated to highlight performances from the Dance, Digital Filmmaking, Music, and Theatre Departments.

Our students also have the opportunity to view the FAC Senior Show at any time - it is proudly displayed in and around the FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery.

Visual Arts Accolades

Be sure to click the button above to view the amazing work of our FAC Senior Visual Artists!


Congratulations to Brianna Bruce, Kayla Covington, Jamie Lee, Sophia Lin, and Kayleigh Smith on having their artwork selected for installation inside of a Greenlink bus shelter. As part of a contest run by the Greenville Transit Authority, these students will have their work seen by the Greenville community throughout the year.

Congratulations to the following Visual Arts students on the results of the Brevard College High School Art Competition!

  • 1st PLACE — $500 award - Maddi Lehde, “Campfire“(monotype), 11th grade

  • 2nd PLACE — $300 award - Hayse McGowen, “Untitled” (screenprint), 12th grade

  • 3rd PLACE — $100 award - Ana Pelham, “No. 308” (printmaking), 12th grade

  • BC Art Major’s Choice— $100 award - Hanna Abu-Judom, “Revenge” (printmaking), 12th grade

  • Sophia Cipollone, “Unity” (matte board), 11th grade

  • Lucy Hall, “Dad’s Backyard” (cyanotype), 11th grade

  • Brianna Bruce, “Cell Types” (linoleum block), 12th grade

  • Kayla Covington “Cherries” (colored pencil), 11th grade

  • Brianna Bruce, “Elisa Lam” (screenprint), 12th grade

  • Katherine Wiedemann, “Ceremony” (mixed media),12th grade

  • Maddie Mann, “Aries” (enamel on copper), 11th grade

  • Madison Cantrell, “Processing” (acrylic on canvas), 12th grade


  • FAC Dance Concerts at the Gunter Theatre - 1:30 p.m. Class = May 7, 7:00 p.m.; 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. classes = May 8, 12:00 p.m.

*Please note that all events at the FAC will have reserved seating due to social distancing guidelines. We will send specific details out to the parents of students who are involved in the performance. There will be strict procedures in place relative to mask-wearing and social distancing for all performances, as well as entry and exit procedures for the venue. Again, all of this will be clearly communicated prior to the event. We appreciate your cooperation, and are excited to start performing again!


  • May 14 - Last day for Seniors
  • May 17 - FAC Commencement -- 7:00 p.m., Greer HS
  • May 28 - Last Day for Underclassmen

Students Performing in the Community

Be sure to check out FAC Theatre Students Christiana Negron (Junior - Theatre Performance) and Lauren Bennett (Junior - Theatre Design and Production) in, "Freaky Friday - the Musical." Performances are at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Ticket information can be found here - https://www.onthestage.com/show/mauldin-cultural-center/disneys-freaky-friday-63914.

See the below picture for performance dates and times.

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FAC Commencement - ADA Seating Requests

PARENTS OF SENIORS - please email Mr. Popat if you require ADA seating for anyone attending the FAC Commencement. We need this information by April 30 at the very latest. Thank you!


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award - https://www.daphnemlee.com/scholarship

    Founded in 2019, the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award was established out of the lack of scholarships to women of color pursuing performing arts majors in colleges and universities. As an arts advocate, Lee seeks to have more of a balance in the world of performing arts creatives, believing that the world can heal more through arts. The mission of this scholarship to not only help alleviate the high costs of education but to encourage more people to pursue the arts leading to full-time careers.

  • NEW - Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship - In an effort to help students with the soaring costs of tuition while also contributing to the fine arts establishment, Krylon is awarding 5 scholarships to future fine artists and giving 10 students a gift pack of Krylon art supplies. There are five $1,000 Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships, complete with a gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. In addition, the art program at each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a large gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. https://www.krylon.com/.../krylon-clear-choice-art.../ Deadline May 31, 2021

  • Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. . Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Participants can submit their entry beginning at 12:00 PM EDT on March 31, 2021, through 11:59 PM EDT on June 9, 2021. Final winners will be announced on about July 21, 2021. Details at www.stuckatprom.com

  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to A&F by email at scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

    Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Deadline - June 12, 2021.

  • Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    Having been in the Art industry for over 42 years Dolphin Galleries recognizes the importance of the visual arts as a preservation and expression of culture. We would like to give the opportunity to the next generation of artists, designers, sculptures, painters, etc. to continue following their artistic and creative passion. Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university during the upcoming academic year, be in good academic standing, and planning to or currently pursuing an arts-related major or minor. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. Deadline: July 20, 2021. https://dolphingalleries.com/pages/scholarship


Congratulations to Adelle Pruitt!

Congratulations to Adelle Pruitt - a Senior Visual Arts student - on being awarded the 2021 Archibald Rutledge Visual Arts Scholarship! Adelle is one of 5 recipients statewide to earn this distinction. She will be taking her talents to Winthrop University, where she will major in Art and play on the Womens' Soccer Team.

Way to go, Adelle!

FAC Parent Guild

If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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