FAC Weekly Update

November 18, 2022

Good Morning, FAC Family

We hope that you had a wonderful week! As we approach the Thanksgiving Break, our students are continuing to work hard and push themselves to new levels of artistic achievement. We've enjoyed fantastic performances from the FAC Theatre and Theatre D & P students in their production of Queen Pericles, and have seen our 1:30 p.m. Jazz Studio students gain confidence in their improvisational skills at last Wednesday evening's concert. Thanksgiving Break kicks off in style, as our FAC Percussionists take the stage in Sutherlin Recital Hall next Tuesday evening. Remember, if you can't make it out to one of our performances in the Recital Hall, join us via Livestream on our YouTube page!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


A common obstacle to success is the desire to cut corners and take the short road to success. But shortcuts never pay off in the long run. Most people tend to underestimate the time it takes to achieve something of value, but to be successful you have to be willing to pay your dues. Cutting corners is a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline. If you continue to give in to your moods or impulses, then you need to change your approach to doing things. The best method is to set standards for yourself that require accountability. Suffering a consequence for not following through helps you to stay on track. Once you have your new standards in place, work according to them...not your moods.

Self-discipline is a quality that is won through practice. Psychologist Joseph Mancusi noted, "Truly successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally. Real success lies in experiencing fear or aversion and acting in spite of it."

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 352 (November 18)

Congratulations to Karis King!

Karis King's (Senior, Visual Arts) piece "Open the Mind" was selected for High Point University's 2022 Emerging Artist Invitational. Her piece was one of 50 selected from over 300 submissions from high school students in North and South Carolina. The exhibition and reception was held on November 5th at the High Point University Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery. Congrats, Karis!

Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Smith!

FAC Architecture Instructor Dr. Catherine Smith has been selected as the Fine Arts Center Teacher of the Year for 2023-2034! In the words of her students...

"Dr. Smith is the definition of energy and positivity. She cares so much about our success and about us personally. Through all four years that I have been in the architecture program, she has always taken time to thoroughly discuss projects and be specifically vague so we could learn the most out of the process. She’s an outstanding teacher and I'm so lucky to learn form her."

"Dr. Smith stands out from all other teachers because:

  • Dr. Smith checks in with us every day to see how our day is going.
  • She always tries to make our day better.
  • She's a great listener and you can tell that she genuinely cares about what you are saying.
  • She really cares about our futures, and aides in our college application process in any way she can.
  • The work that she assigns is meaningful, and develops skills that we will need as architects.
  • She is never too busy to make time to help you with a problem, whether it involves school or not.
  • She is honest in a way that will help us to improve our craft.
  • She is supportive of any ideas we come up with for a project, and always tells us to "try it!"
  • She always makes an effort to attend our extracurricular events.
  • She wants to know all of us as individuals, and really makes an effort to get to know us well.
  • Dr. Smith always greets you with a smile."

From the FAC Parent Guild

Teacher/Staff Holiday Gift Collection

This may seem a bit early – but Winter Break is right around the corner. The Parent Guild is collecting funds to give our wonderful teachers and staff a combined parent gift and luncheon.

If you’d like to contribute, please click the Sign Up Genius Link below. By pulling our holiday gifts together, we can show our amazing faculty and staff just how incredible we think they are! All donations will be accepted through Venmo (@FACParentGuild – the business account – put “holiday gift” in the note area), or you can drop off a check in the office made out to FAC Parent Guild and note “Holiday Gift” in the memo line so we can make sure it is used for our December events, and any future teacher appreciation activities.

Thank you in advance for your support – please email FACParentGuild@gmail.com, or kathy.hennessy@att.net with any question!

Kathy Hennessy – Parent Guild Finances

Sign up Genius - FAC Volunteers: FAC Staff Holiday Gifts (signupgenius.com)

Venmo - @FACParentGuild (business account)

Parent Guild: What Have We Done This Year? What Will We Do?

We fund ourselves through membership (a voluntary donation - recommended $25), and through direct asks to parents (2-3 donation drives for Holiday and end-of-year teacher/staff appreciation) to fund gifts and food for the staff.

So far this year, we have collected $2500 in membership, and used those funds to:

  • have a teacher breakfast, courtesy of Fried Green Tomatoes Restaurant
  • donated an umbrella and stand to the FAC for the tables out front ($1,000)
  • funded merchandise purchases
  • gifted Mr. Popat a family gift card to Top Golf for Principal Appreciation Day

To date, you, as a Guild, have volunteered at multiple Merchandise Sales (thank you all who have already been able to do this!), and sold tickets and merchandise at evening performances in several disciplines. We have an upcoming Student Holiday Sale where we will need the help of many – we’ll ask you soon for volunteers in several shifts throughout the day.

Our next big event is in December we’ll have our first major Staff Appreciation funded by holiday gift donations - a Luncheon and we’ll divide money donated among the faculty and staff and send them off with our collective thanks and gift cards to a well-deserved winter break.

Upcoming FAC Events

FAC Jazz All Stars - December 7

Tickets are nearly sold out for the next Jazz All Stars show at Genevieve's! Get yours now by clicking on the following link - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/fac-jazz-all-stars-2.


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.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative 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: November 2022

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family), good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships Opens: December 1, 2022

PSSCA Scholarship

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association awards multiple scholarships to high school seniors of up to $1,000.00. This is a non-renewable scholarship to assist with post-secondary education costs. Students must be a high school senior, must be a permanent resident of the state of South Carolina, and must plan to attend a post-secondary institution during the 2022-2023 school year. https://www.psschoolcounselor.org/News/12958698 Deadline: December 2, 2022

SC Teaching Fellows Program

Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community and a desire to teach in South Carolina. $6000 a year for four years to complete a degree leading to initial certification. A fellow agrees to teach one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship. Details at www.cerra.org. Deadline: December 7, 2022

Lyceum Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for students who will be entering Clemson University in Fall 2023. Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to the Lyceum Scholars Program and separately to Clemson University. All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University. https://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/capitalism/lyceum/scholars.html Deadline: December 11, 2022

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is a $1000 award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. https://www.derricklawfirm.com/library/scholarship.cfm Deadline: December 15, 2022

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars earn a $10,000 renewable scholarship - up to $40,000 total - for tuition, school fees, books, supplies, and on-campus room and board. They also attend an exclusive, all-expenses-paid Scholars Retreat in California. Candidates must

  • Demonstrate the attributes of leadership, integrity, drive, and citizenship within their communities, schools, and workplaces
  • Display strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent)
  • Be citizens of the United States of America
  • Be current high school seniors attending high school within the United States, (including any U.S. territories or commonwealths), and graduating in winter 2022 or spring 2023. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible.
  • Plan to enroll in a full‑time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four‑year college or university in the United States for the entire 2023-2024 academic school year https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
  • Deadline 1/5/23

Kitty Moss Fairey Trust Fund Scholarship – Must attend SC college or university. GPA 3.0. Based on financial need. Income not to exceed $40,000. https://www.csascholars.org/incapp/indexcss_std.php# Deadline: January 9, 2023

RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM Amount: $10,000/year, renewable. Requirements: African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need, must plan to attend a 4-year University. https://ronbrown.org/about/about-rbsp/ Deadline: January 9, 2023

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.https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/vsa-international-young-musicians/ Deadline: January 18, 2023

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

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

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Harvey - TRHS Theatre

Travelers Rest HS Theatre will be performing Harvey at TRHS Auditorium on December 10, 2022 at 2PM & 7PM. The cast is led by FAC Voice student Lucas Bowers, and includes FAC Art student Aiden Tribble whose artwork and acting skills will be on display. For more information check out this link: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/trtheatre/auditions-performances/harvey

Mauldin Cultural Center - A Christmas Carol

Come out and support Samuel Hendricks (Grade 10, FAC Dance) as he performs in A Christmas Carol at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Shows run from December 2 through December 11. For tickets - https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/mauldin-cultural-center/a-christmas-carol-85382.

Carolina Ballet Theatre - The Nutcracker

The Carolina Ballet Theatre's annual ballet The Nutcracker: Once upon a time in Greenville will be performed at the Peace Center Concert Hall on December 2-4.

The show times are:

  • Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 & 7:00pm
  • and the final show is
  • Sunday, December 4 at 2:00pm

The link to purchase tickets is: https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/cbt-nutcracker-22

International Ballet - The Nutcracker

The beloved holiday classic returns to the Peace Concert Hall featuring principal guest artists accompanied by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

  • December 9, 2022 | 7:30PM
  • December 10, 2022 | 7:30PM
  • December 11, 2022 | 3:00PM
  • Peace Concert Hall - BUY TICKETS

Greenville Ballet - The Nutcracker

Andrew Kuharsky's annual production of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic has been a mainstay of the community for over 30 years. Guest dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem join local dancers and children in this beautiful production.

  • Friday, December 16, 2022; 7:00 p.m. – McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
  • Tickets are $31 and are sold through Greenville Ballet School

GSO Student-Teacher Ticket Program

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra has a special ticket rate that is available for Masterworks and Chamber Concerts. $10 Teacher and GCS Staff Tickets and $5 Student Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the concert with your ID. For the schedule of performances, please click here - https://www.greenvillesymphony.org/gso_event/.

Subject to availability. Not eligible for Harry Potter, Nutcracker, or Holiday at Peace. Box Office opens 90 minutes before the concert starts.

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!

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can help support the Fine Arts Center Partners with your Amazon.com purchases? The Amazon Smile program allows you to select the Fine Arts Center Partners as your charity of choice, with 0.5% of qualified purchases going to the organization. There are no fees and no extra cost to you. Please click on the following link to learn more - https://smile.amazon.com/charity?orig=%2F - or scan the QR code to the right to access the Amazon Smile page on your cell phone.

Remember, the FAC Partners serve to support our students through funding...

  • Class Fees and Field Trip expenses for Pupils in Poverty
  • Guest Artist experiences
  • Scholarships to summer intensive programs
  • College scholarships for graduating FAC seniors
  • Equipment needs for FAC programs



  • November 18 and 19 - FAC Theatre presents Pericles; 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theater
  • Tuesday, November 22 - FAC Percussion Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Wednesday-Friday, 11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Recess
  • Thursday, December 1 - FAC Voice Concert; FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Monday, December 5 - Fall Theatre Presentations; 7:00 p.m.. FAC Black Box Theatre
  • Wednesday, December 7 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's (Peace Center); 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 15 - FAC Winter Showcases; during school classes, for students only

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