FAC Weekly Update

March 9, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

This update includes some new performance dates, as well as the first gallery show of the year that will include guest attendance (Architecture parents - see below for important details). We are slowly moving towards a more "normal" experience, finding ways to get things done while continuing to adhere to health and safety guidelines. I am so proud of our students and faculty for their determination throughout this school year. We'll look back on this time as a period when we truly exemplified our Core Values of Creativity, Respect, Grit, Identity, and Connection.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Tactfully Delivering the Truth

“When delivering criticism, it is important to do it with consideration and delicacy. If you punch someone in the face with criticism, they will become defensive and are unlikely to take the criticism on board, so a more indirect approach is needed. First: care about your people. If you truly care about them, they will know that and they will accept your criticism more easily. Next: take ownership of the problem. Of course, Extreme Ownership* should be the fundamental principle utilized by any leader, and there are tactics of employing Extreme Ownership when trying to critique someone."

  • If a leader follows up with the team members and makes sure they have all the support and assets needed to complete the job on time, then it will be done on time.

  • If a leader correctly explains the mission in a simple, clear, concise manner and then ensures it is understood by the team, then the team will accomplish the mission.

  • If a leader fails to emphasize the importance of professionalism, then it should come as no surprise that subordinates fail to act professionally.

Jocko Willink, "Leadership Strategy and Tactics," pgs. 271-273

*Extreme Ownership is a book written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. The book is a New York Times Bestseller and is highly regarded in the business leadership world.


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

  • April 20 - FAC Jazz at Genevieve's (Peace Center). Ticket information to follow.

  • April 22 - FAC Jazz Spring Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • April 27 - FAC Palissandro Quartet and Yujo Quintet at Genevieve's (Peace Center). Ticket information to follow.

  • May 4 - FAC Strings Chamber Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 6 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 7 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 10 - FAC Winds Chamber Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 11 - FAC Percussion Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

*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!

Architecture Show - March 12-April 15

The work of our FAC Architecture Students will be featured in the FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery from March 12 through April 15. In order to maintain social distancing requirements, parents of students whose work is in the show will be offered the opportunity to view their child's work via appointment. We will accommodate up to 6 guests at a time, with facemasks, to ensure that we are in compliance with health and safety regulations.


Thank you for your flexibility as we find ways to give our students the opportunity to showcase their projects!

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RSVP to FAC Commencement

Reminder to our FAC Seniors - please be sure to communicate with your parents and complete the Commencement RSVP that was emailed to you earlier this week. We need this information no later than March 18 in order to ensure that we have seating accommodations for all guests.

Thank you!


Visual and Performing Arts College Fair – March 16

NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) with support from Common App is hosting a Visual and Performing Arts College Fair on March 16th from 4:00 pm -8:00 pm. 156 colleges are represented with 331 live sessions. Students can register for free. Click the link below to see the colleges and register for the event.



Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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

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.

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.


Online Embedded Course Offerings - For the 2021-2022 School Year

Fine Arts Center students may have room in their schedule to take one or more of the below courses through the Greenville County Virtual Program (not to be mistaken with GCS Virtual, which is in place of in-person instruction at the GCS High School). These courses are held in the FAC Virtual Classroom, which is monitored by our Instructional Facilitator, Kathryn Rhyne.

  • World Geography (1 semester)
  • U.S. History (Yearlong)
  • Government and Economics (Yearlong, 1 semester each)
  • English 3 (1 semester)
  • Fundamentals of Computing (1 semester)
  • Physical Education (1 semester)

Look for an email from Ms. Rhyne in the next few weeks to sign up for these courses for next year. If you have any questions before then, please email krhyne@greenville.k12.sc.us.

Summer Intensive Programs - Request for Financial Support

The FAC Partners have earmarked $10,000 to support students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due April 23, 2021, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wunVFjRdEX72bob69.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

Congratulations to Lillian Mozie!

Congratulations to 9th Grader Lillian Mozie (Dance) on being accepted into the prestigious Julliard Dance Online Experience! This summer program features instruction from world-class dance instructors, offered this year through a virtual learning environment. Way to go, Lilly!
Parent Engagement Committee - thank you to all who attended our Zoom meeting on February 2, 2021. 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.



COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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