FAC Weekly Update

February 19, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

We know this year has been a challenge, and we are working hard on providing our students with a bit of normalcy this Spring. Thus far, we have the following performances on our calendar.

  • March 25 - FAC Chamber Strings Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

More to come, for sure!

*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!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Don't Dig In

“Maybe it is ego, maybe it is pride, or maybe it is just that people can see their own perspective better than anyone else's. People tend to think their idea is the best, and then they get hung up arguing about it. Arguing is generally bad. It means wasting time without moving forward - and what is worse, people often argue not for the best idea but for their idea. They aren't going to give any ground. They cannot concede a single inch in admitting theirs is not the best idea of all time. The more they come under attack, the deeper they dig in - they will not change their minds.

When people dig in to defend their ideas, not only can they not advance them, they also cannot maneuver and change their thoughts. When someone had an opposing point of view, I didn't look for ways to prove my idea was better; instead, I looked to see which idea was actually better. If my idea wasn't as good, I conceded and accepted theirs. If the ideas were relatively equal, I would defer to theirs so they had ownership."

Jocko Willink, "Leadership Strategy and Tactics"

Congratulations - FAC Voice Students!

Congratulations to Aaron Forster, Nalla Fisher, Hayley Glenn, and Annabel Poinsette who competed in the SCNATS Classical competition and earned placement into the regional competition!

Hayley Glenn was the highest score in her division and was chosen to sing on the virtual honors recital.

Way to go!

Region Orchestra and Band Honors

Students Performing in the Greenville Community

Be sure to check out the Greer Cultural Arts Council’s production of 12 Dancing Princesses. This production includes the following FAC Students:
  • Caroline Belangia
  • Andrew Cooter
  • Bella Lawrence
  • Annabel Poinsette (production team)
  • Erin Poinsette (production team)
  • Ben Turner
  • Vittoria Swalm
Click on the following link for more information - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_O-AN1avmiJCTtiGyvXE7-uQuRktHewf/view?usp=sharing.

Don't miss the SC Children's Theatre performance of Go Dog Go!, featuring FAC Theatre sophomore Rusty Daniel! The show runs from February 6-21. Go to https://scchildrenstheatre.org/go-dog-go-2/ for more information.

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.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

    Andrew Lloyd Webber University Scholarships provide resources and support to high school seniors from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre industry who demonstrate exceptional talent and economic need but have a lack of financial resources to attend college to study theatre. Students can apply for a scholarship to study ANY aspect of theatre from stage management to arts administration, design to performance, and many more. Up to $10,000 renewable for four years. https://alwinitiative.secure-platform.com/a/page/UniversityScholarships Deadline to Apply-February 26, 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

  • NEW - 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. Deadline - March 2, 2021 https://www.kennedy-center.org/.../vsa-international.../

  • 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.

  • NEW - Alice Watkins Scholarship - $10,000 - Must be graduating senior at Wade Hampton High School and must be planning to attend accredited higher education institution in SC. Must declare major in English, Literature or Poetry (preference given to poetry) 3.0 GPA. Apply at www.cfgreenville.org/scholarshipsIf you have questions about the scholarship process or application, please contact Debbie Cooper at 864-331-8414 or email her at dcooper@cfgreenville.org Application opens March 1 and closes April 16

  • NEW - Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    The foundation for a successful career begins with education, but Dolphin Galleries recognizes that attending a college or university may not be feasible for all students and their families. 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


Crashtest Magazine

Did you know that we have a student-run magazine that features artwork and writing from around the globe? You are in for a treat if you are checking out Crashtest Magazine for the first time. If you are a return reader of Crashtest, you already know that our students consistently create a publication that is both beautiful to look at and read.

Check out the latest issue here - https://readymag.com/u21126619/2471506/

Parent Engagement Committee - thank you to all who attended our Zoom meeting last Tuesday! If you missed the meeting but are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, where you can have an active role in supporting our students and school, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

Wish List - FAC Equipment

Based on feedback from the Parent Guild meeting, I am sharing with you a working document that serves as our Wish List. Please click on the following link to access the list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wr_aHAWv3NUTw1e3Oqzb8lUAs6u3zRNXdUPiU24c7Es/edit?usp=sharing.

GCS provides us with a generous budget, but as a pre-professional training ground for aspiring artists, at times we will need to augment what we are given in order to meet professional industry standards. Instead of continuing to ask for donations without stating specific needs, we felt that providing a list would be helpful to our parents who are looking to financially support the school.

This document will be updated regularly. Please reach out to Mr. Popat with any questions. Donations can be made through the following link:


Treats for the FAC Staff

Thank you to all of the families that have donated to the Woot Woot wagon - the teachers love having this special treat!

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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