FAC Weekly Update
December 2, 2023
Good Afternoon, FAC Family
We hope you had a wonderful week! To kick off this week's update, let's start with some shout-outs to our students who had performances this week.
- Congratulations to the students of the Theatre Foundations, Beginning Theatre Ensemble, Advanced Topics in Theatre, and Theatre Design & Production programs for their phenomenal performance last Tuesday evening! Our actors, writers, and designers delighted the sold-out audience with their work.
- Bravo to the students of the FAC Voice Studio on their fall concert last night! What a wonderful way to wrap up our fall concert series.
Here's the latest from the halls of the FAC...
YoungArts National Competition
The results are official and we have SIX students who are YoungArts National Competition Award Winners!
YoungArts Award: “The YoungArts Award 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. YoungArts award winners receive a monetary award of $250.”
- Emily Allison – Writing/Poetry
- William Armstrong – Jazz/Piano
- Blake Slaughter – Jazz/Guitar
YoungArts Award with Distinction: The YoungArts Award With Distinction recognizes work that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong, sophisticated, nuanced, and clear artistic point of view; and a depth of thinking/performance that far exceeds the level of peers at this career stage. Winners at this level are invited to participate in National YoungArts Week and will have their work further evaluated for cash awards of up to $10,000. Award winners with distinction who attend National YoungArts Week and meet the eligibility requirements are also considered for nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
- Sun Clark – Writing/Spoken Word
- Brady Green – Musical Theatre
- Leah Rutherford – Voice/Jazz
Please join me in congratulating these students and their Instructors!
This Week's Student Leadership Lesson
3-2-1 Newsletter, from James Clear
3-2-1: The need for personal responsibility, what makes a brilliant mind, and the value of daily surprises
3. "You are not the cause of everything that happens to you, but you are responsible for how you respond to everything that happens to you."
2."It is not too late to do what you want to do—if you stop waiting for the time to be right."
1."Life is harder when you expect a lot of the world and little of yourself. Life is easier when you expect a lot of yourself and little of the world. High standards, low expectations."
FAC Application is Now Open!
The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2024-2025 school year is now open via Backpack. New and returning students have until Friday, January 26, 2024 to complete their application. Don't wait - get started now!
- Apply through your account (not your parent's account)
- You do not need recommendations - leave this part blank
- You do not need to re-audition - your daily class performance is your audition - unless...
- If you would like to change FAC programs, you do need to audition for that program. Some programs have a pre-screening, so read the audition requirements carefully
- New students must apply and audition, and may have to complete a pre-screening - please check our website for audition requirements.
Please go to https://www.fineartscenter.net/page.asp?titleid=admissions for detailed instructions.
Toys for Tots Collection
FAC Visual Arts Holiday Sale - Volunteers Needed
The Holiday Sale is an annual tradition at the Fine Arts Center that allows Visual Arts students to learn entrepreneurship skills through art. Students use production principles to make the pieces, track their hours and materials, and determine wholesale prices for their work. Students earn 50% of the proceeds and the other 50% goes back to the student's Visual Arts studio.
We welcome parent volunteers from ALL disciplines, not just visual arts parents!! Each shift is only 40 minutes, so it's a great way to pitch in even if you have a busy schedule! The sale is open for three 30-minute time slots each day, and we've added 5 minutes to the beginning and end of each volunteer shift to allow for set-up and closing tasks. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts! When you arrive at the FAC, sign in as a volunteer at the security desk, where you'll be given further instructions. Please check your email prior to your shift for any updates or special instructions.
Here's the link:
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations - SCAEA Awards
Two FAC Visual Arts Instructors and one FAC Visual Arts Alumna were recognized at the South Carolina Arts Educators Association Awards on November 18, 2023. Please join us in congratulating...
Dr. Katy Cassell - FAC Metals Instructor - was named a Mary Whyte Art Educator Award Finalist. This award was established in 2007. The Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to highlight a visual arts teacher who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and craft.
Donna Shank-Major - FAC Design Instructor - won the Mac Arthur Goodwin Distinguished Art Advocate Award, given to an individual who demonstrates advocacy and leadership in advancing the cause of art education and works to support and improve art education.
Callie Gravett - FAC Class of 2020 - was awarded the Liz Smith Cox Art Education Major Scholarship
FAC Students Performing in the Community
SC Children's Theatre - Mary Poppins
Three FAC students are part of the cast of the SC Children's Theatre production of Mary Poppins!
- Vi Hix -Theater
- Ayden Woo - Voice
- Nora Woodward - Voice
Please click on the following link for show details and ticket information.
Ronnie Elliot - Wheel Session Jazz Series
Ronnie Elliot (Grade 9, Jazz Studies) will be headlining a show at Greenville's Wheel Session jazz series on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. His band will feature Kevin Korschgen drums, Phillip Howe piano, and Kevin Kehrberg bass. Ronnie is the youngest musician to ever headline at the series. For tickets, please go to - https://www.wheelsessions.com/next-show.
International Ballet - The Nutcracker
Don't miss International Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker. FAC students performing in this production include Dance Program students Lillian Mozie, Grace Bucci, Marcy Roseveare, Abigail Kate Fowler and Jazz Program student Sam Shoemaker.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm
Is your child performing in the Greenville community?
The "College Corner" is a resource for FAC Seniors and their families that we include in our Weekly Updates. If you have any questions about these or additional college resources, please reach out to our School Counselor, Gloria Collins. mailto:email@example.com
Scholarships for FAC Seniors
In order to streamline our Weekly Update newsletter, we have consolidated all available scholarships into a Google Doc. Please click on the following link to access the doc, and check back often for updates - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OLP88nz2RdKe9rGFvf9FqLZmbhxAiONVT7F7hnu6TiY/edit?usp=sharing
- Saturday, December 2 - All-State Orchestra Workshop at FAC; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 8 - FAC Winter Showcases; in-class performances for students
- Wednesday, December 19 - Half Day; no PM classes for FAC
- Thursday, December 20 - Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - Winter Break
- Wednesday, January 3 - Employee Workday; no school for students
- Thursday, January 4 - First day of Semester 2
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.