FAC Weekly Update

February 11, 2022

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

We had another wonderful week at the FAC! This week was Arts Advocacy Week, and our students in the afternoon Digital Filmmaking Studio put together a video for the event that you can watch below. Please take a look and share it with others. We also had Full Sail University at the FAC on Thursday, speaking to our Media Tech, Theatre Design & Production, Digital Filmmaking, and Recording Arts students about the opportunities that are available at Full Sail. You can learn more about their programs at https://www.fullsail.edu/.

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

Arts Advocacy Week - Fine Arts Center

Why arts education is important.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

When to Make Decisions

"Many people make decisions when things aren't going well. They look for relief in the despair of the valley instead of waiting for the clarity that comes from being on the mountaintop. Why? Because it takes a lot of effort to get to the mountaintop. And when you're experiencing the darkness of the valley, it's always tempting to make changes that you hope will relieve the discomfort. When you are on top of the proverbial mountain, that is the time to make decisions. Here's why:

  • You can see your situation more clearly.
  • You are moving to something, not just from something.
  • You leave those around you in a better position.
  • You make decisions using positive data, not negative.
  • You are more likely to move from peak to peak instead of valley to valley.

On the other hand, when you're in the valley, the most important thing you can do is persevere. If you keep fighting, you're likely to get your second wind, just as distance runners do. And it is said that only when runners are exhausted enough to reach that place do they find out what they can truly accomplish. If you keep persevering while you are in the valley, not only will you likely make it to higher ground where you can make better decisions, but you will also have developed character, which will serve you well throughout life."

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader - February 14. pg. 50

Results from the 2022 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Each year, students from the FAC Visual Arts and Creative Writing program submit their work for adjudication in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. We are proud to share that our students earned 136 awards this year! Please click on the below link to view the full list of awards.

FAC - Results from Scholastic Art and Writing

Green Artists Club

Are you interested in helping to make Greenville a better, cleaner, more beautiful place? Would you like to spend some quality time outdoors, earning volunteer credit hours, and making new friends? Fine Arts Center’s Green Artists Club is an extracurricular environmental awareness / conservation group, dedicated to improving and beautifying our surroundings.

Current projects include our Adopt-A-Highway program, as well as afternoon trips to Conestee Nature Preserve, where the Green Artists eradicates invasive plants (such as kudzu) that choke out our native plant species. The group would also like to seek partnerships with local environmental groups, such as Friends of the Reedy River.

Our first meeting of the semester will be after school (around 3:30) Tuesday, February 15 in Room 214 (Samuel Hunter’s Music Theory classroom). Hope to see you there!

For more information about the group, please contact Richard Young rwyoung@greenvilleschools.us or Matthew Revilla mrevil3236@greenvilleschools.us

Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.

Workshop for Parents

Recently, Greenville County Schools brought in award-winning author Mark C. Perna to speak to administrators and guidance counselors about understanding and motivating our students. Mr. Perna is offering a webinar for parents of Gen-Z students that aims to help attendees get the most out of their child's education and career achievement. For more information, please click on the following link - https://www.markcperna.com/webinars/.

FAC Jazz All-Stars Return to the Peace Center

Don't miss the first of two jazz concerts at the Peace Center this semester - Wednesday, March 16 at Genevieve's Lounge. This performance will feature Leah Rutherford, Blake Slaughter, Carson Moore, Miles Jernigan, and Patrick Lane. For tickets, click the link below.


Please come out and support these wonderful student musicians!


Scholarship Opportunities

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program

Since 1997 the South Carolina State Fair has awarded scholarships to students across the state of South Carolina. The 2022 scholarship application and eligibility requirements are now available at www.scstatefair.org. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

AHAM Scholarship

The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following ahamsc.org/scholarship. The deadline is March 19, 2022.

School Links has a comprehensive scholarship list. Log into your student account. Click on Finances and Scholarship Matching.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


"Arabian Nights" - Carolina Ballet Theatre

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Arabian Nights - featuring a number of students from our FAC Dance Studio. Performance dates and ticket information are as follows:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 12 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-14

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 18, 21 - No School for Students and Teachers - Presidents' Day
  • February 24 - Jazz Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs
  • March 7-11 - Callisto Quartet Residency, FAC Chamber Strings Program
  • March 15 - Chamber Strings Recital; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • March 16 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center; Genevieve's Lounge

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

Crashtest Magazine - Latest Edition

Volume 11, issue 2 of Crashtest is now available at https://readymag.com/u21126619/3360199/. Crashtest is a biannual online magazine founded and run by the creative writing students at the Fine Arts Center.

Crashtest is "a place to publish work that tests limits, asks questions, rejects the easy answers, risks obliteration, believes in failure, is suspicious of scripted success."


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to 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 Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

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

Returning Students: FAC 2022-2023 School Year

Thank you to our FAC students who re-applied for the 2022-2023 school year! Please note the following information to lock in your spot.

  • Remember to maintain good attendance, a strong work ethic, and timely submission of assignments. At the FAC, excellence is not a single act, but a daily expectation.
  • If you are auditioning to move to a different program, pay close attention to your email and the audition timeline (posted on our website).
  • ALL students will need to accept their offer to attend the FAC, which will be pushed out through your student Backpack account on Monday, March 28. The deadline to accept your offer will be Monday, April 4. If you do not accept the offer, you do not get your spot.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. https://forms.gle/zgmpDdyW2a7iPmVY8

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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