FAC Weekly Update

January 27, 2023

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

We hope that you had a wonderful week! Lots of exciting things are happening at the FAC, and nothing shakes off the "winter doldrums" like receiving the award results from the Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Competition. We are in the process of compiling the names of our Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention winners. You should see an email in the near future with the list of our award-winning Architecture, Creative Writing, and Visual Art students.

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

Tickets Coming Soon For...

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Elevate 2023 - Celebrating the Students of the Fine Arts Center

Friday, March 31, 2023

Peace Center Gunter Theatre

Cocktail Hour prior to the Performance

7:00 p.m. - Performance Start Time


Student work from the FAC Visual Arts and Architecture Programs

Outstanding Student Performers from the following FAC Studios

  • Chamber Strings

  • Creating Writing

  • Dance

  • Digital Filmmaking

  • Jazz Studies

  • Percussion

  • Voice

  • Winds

  • Theatre

Tickets - on sale next week at www.peacecenter.org. We'll make an announcement on Instagram when the sale goes live.

Sponsorships Available

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Includes logo in advertising materials and program

  • Four free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Gold Sponsorship - $500

  • Includes logo in program

  • Two free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Silver Sponsorship - $250

  • Includes name in program

Please email vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us for more information on sponsorship. Scan the QR code or go to https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_9fa4fdba-3be6-11ec-ba47-026d3237139f&WidgetId=35840 to pay for your sponsorship or to donate to the event. Indicate “Elevate Sponsorship” in the comment section.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


The quality of your life and the duration of your success depend on your attitude, and you are the only person in the world with the power to make it better. Dr. William Glasser maintained, "If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part (as well as you can) of the person you would rather be...the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old fearful person will fade away."

Change requires action. Most people wait until they feel like it to change their attitudes. But that only causes them to keep waiting because they have the whole process backward. If you wait until you feel like it to try to change your attitude, you will never change. You have to act yourself into changing. The mind, more than anything, determines how far you go on the success journey.

- Dr. John C. Maxwell; The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 20 (January 28)

Congratulations to Emily Allison

Emily Allison (Junior, Creative Writing) has once again reached the SCAC Poetry Out Loud finals! The SCAC (South Carolina Arts Commission) coordinates Poetry Out Loud in South Carolina, partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the competition to the state’s high school students. The program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance.

Emily is the two-time defending champion for South Carolina, winning the state competition in 2021 and 2022. We wish Emily all the best as she goes for her third title in a row!

360 Videos of FAC Programs

Recently, our Digital Filmmaking program invested in a 360 camera and visited each FAC studio to take footage of our students in action. The end product is a unique perspective of a moment in time at the FAC. To view these videos, please open the following link via the YouTube app on your phone or tablet - the technology does not work well on a regular browser. Enjoy!


A Sudden Spontaneous Event - David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson was a Greenville-based actor, writer, comedian and author, who sadly passed away on 9/24/20 after a courageous battle with stage 4 colon cancer. He was a beloved member of the Fine Arts Center Faculty, teaching our Theatre Foundations and Advanced Topics in Theatre courses. His play, "A Sudden Spontaneous Event," will be performed in the Main Stage Theatre at the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center.

February 16, 17 & 18, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. | February 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets - https://www.uscupstate.edu/academics/college-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/fine-arts-and-communication-studies/theatre-program/now-playing/


Carole’s life is just the way she likes it. Until, that is, she wakes confused and in a strange place. The play is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at what happens when the life you thought you had is over in an instant. This bittersweet comedy explores loss, forgiveness and reconciliation as Carole and her son’s fraught relationship drives the action of the play.

*This production contains strong adult language that may not be suitable for children

Hamlet - Fast and Frenzied

Don't miss Hamlet - Fast and Frenzied, brought to you by the Greenville Shakespeare Company! The cast features FAC Instructors Teri Parker Lewis and David Schwingle (Hamlet), with the ensemble performing Shakespeare's longest work in a fast-paced 90-minute version.

Show Dates - February 9, 10, and 11

For tickets - https://www.tickettailor.com/events/summershakes/r/homepage-ticket-button/

FAC Students Performing in the Community

SC Children's Theatre - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

FAC Theatre Student Claire Quackenbush (grade 9) is working spotlight on the crew for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The production runs from January 27 - February 5. For more information, please click on the following link - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/the-miraculous-journey-of-edward-tulane/.

FAC Jazz All-Stars - February 15 @ Genevieve's

The Peace Center is proud to present the Fine Arts Center Jazz All Stars concerts in Genevieve’s. Now in its fifth year, the Fine Arts Center concert series prepares student musicians for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by giving them a resume-building, professional opportunity to perform in paid settings.

The February 15 show is sold out!

The final Jazz All Stars show for the 22-23 school year is on Wednesday, April 26. Act fast to grab your ticket at - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/fac-jazz-all-stars-4.

Greer Children's Theatre - The Lion King, Jr.

Come out and support the FAC students who are performing in The Lion King, Jr. at the Greer Children's Theatre.

  • Ellie Hambrook - Design and Production
  • Jules Higginbotham - Jazz Studies
  • Ben Turner - Theatre
  • Molly Wareham - Theatre

Show Dates: Feb 24-26 & March 3-5, 2023

Location: The Cannon Centre
​204 Cannon Street, Greer, SC, 29651

Tickets - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/68752

Big River - Greenville Theatre

Vi Hix (Theatre Foundations) will be performing the role of Simon in the Teen Ensemble in Greenville Theatre's production of Big River. The show runs March 2-19. For tickets, go to https://www.greenvilletheatre.org/mainstage.


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Scholarship: National Scholarship selectees (Navy, Nurse and Marine Options) must attend and complete New Student Indoctrination during the summer (during July) prior to reporting to their assigned Unit. The NROTC scholarship is merit based and, once activated, minimum levels of academic, aptitude, and physical fitness performance are required to maintain the scholarship. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements/ Deadline: 1/31/23

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a non-academic cash prize ($1,000) for high school students who have done work to advance racial equity in their high schools or communities. We select a winner from 29 different regions around the country, and in addition to the cash prize, winners attend an all-expenses-paid symposium on racial justice and advocacy at Princeton University in the spring. The application is open now until January 31, 2023. More information can be found here or on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations website: https://pprize.princeton.edu/

James F. Byrnes Foundation - $4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Wofford Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Fine Arts Scholarship, which provides for approximately a third of tuition costs over four years. This substantial scholarship is designed both to recognize the work of serious studio artists and to facilitate their continued artistic and academic growth throughout their Wofford careers. Prospective first-year Studio Art majors planning to matriculate in Fall 2023 may apply to receive this scholarship, which can be combined with any other scholarships they may receive. To apply, please follow this link to find instructions on submitting a portfolio before the February 1st deadline https://www.wofford.edu/admission/scholarships/art-and-art-history-scholarship

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. Details at www.watson-brown.org. February 8, 2022

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 13, 2023

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 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. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20, 2023

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. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2022

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!


  • Wednesday, February 8 - Parrini Trio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, February 15 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m., Peace Center

  • Wednesday, February 22 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall


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