FAC Weekly Update

October 8, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! It is truly a joy to spend time in the FAC Studios, watching our students throughout the 1st Quarter of the school year as they begin a year of artistic growth at the FAC. We've also been busy with some important facility improvements. Did you know...

  • Our Recital Hall lighting system received a full upgrade from the Greenville County Schools. We now have a state-of-the-art LED light configuration for our student techs to train on, and the look of our performances in the hall will meet the highest professional standards.
  • We also are replacing the projection screen and projector in the Recital Hall with top-end professional-grade equipment. Professional live streaming equipment will soon be ordered for the space, allowing us to broadcast all performances across the globe!
  • The Dance Studio is receiving an overhaul of the lighting system, with new LED lights being installed later this month. The space will also get a projector and screen which will be used to review performance footage.

We are grateful to the Greenville County School District for their financial support of these upgrades, which have also been made possible through a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Life's Not Fair - Drive On!

If you want to change the world...get over being a sugar cookie* and move forward.

*Sugar cookie refers to a punishment that Navy SEALS get in training. In full uniform, they dive into the ocean and then are made to roll in the sand, covering every inch of their body with it. They remain a "sugar cookie" for the duration of the day.

"It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you. It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future. Nothing could be further from the truth. The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life's unfairness: Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie. Don't complain. Don't blame it on your misfortune. Stand tall, look to the future, and drive on!"

Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) - Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World; pages 37-42.

Congratulations to Carley Hitzelberger!

Digital Filmmaking student, Carley Hitzelberger, recently won the class’s viral video contest with 7800 views for a PSA she made about the dangers of texting and driving. Her PSA will be airing on WYFF next week.

It Only Takes a Second - Texting and Driving PSA


Oocyte, an artwork by Metals faculty Katy Cassell, was selected for exhibition in Goldsmith '20 - a show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), a professional organization for smiths. The exhibition was hosted by InLiquid Gallery in Philadelphia, PA in conjunction with the recent SNAG conference, and can be viewed online. The work is available for purchase on artsy.net.

The Regions • Genevieve’s • Friday, October 29 • Tickets: $45

Fine Arts Center instructor and Peace Center friend Steve Watson is returning to the Genevieve's stage this month with a brand new project. Like many others, the jazz musician took the last year to reconnect with people near and far. The outcome? The Regions, a new group formed by old friends and classmates (all are University of Miami Frost Music School graduates). Their first release features original compositions from Ron Miller, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at University of Miami, in a reimagined format. Don't miss this evening of new arrangements, musicianship, creativity and groove with The Regions, who will be joined by Vee Popat (another UM graduate)!

This performance is part of the Peace Center's partnership with the Fine Arts Center. Prior to the show, The Regions will participate in a weeklong residency at the school, providing instruction and mentorship to students.



Scholarship Opportunities

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - achievement-based scholarship for graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve as well as their commitment to having an impact on their school and community. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. More information at www.coca-cola scholars.org . Deadline October 31, 2021.

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist junior students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need, good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

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/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: November 18, 2021


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grades 5-12. Details at www.prudential.com/spirit


Dance Arts Greenville and Carolina Ballet Theatre

Dance Arts Greenville and the Carolina Ballet Theatre will be presenting "Ghosts" at the Peace Center. Shows are 10/22 and 10/23 and feature a number of FAC Dance Students. For more information, please visit https://secure.peacecenter.org/overview/7823.

Carolina Youth Symphony

A number of our students participate in the Carolina Youth Symphony - a musical organization that has three orchestras and serves over 250 student musicians. Please take a moment to visit their website for the concert performance schedule - https://carolinayouthsymphony.org/ The fall concert is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Furman University's McAlister Auditorium.

The Greer Children's Theatre presents, "Descendants"

Don't miss FAC Theatre students Shamiah Brown, Lauren Bennett, Nala Fisher, Ellie Hambrook, Karlee John, Erin Poinsette, and Ben Turner in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "Descendants." For more information, please click on the following link - https://www.greerculturalarts.com/greer-childrens-theatre.html#/

South Carolina Children's Theatre

Don't miss the South Carolina Children's Theatre performances of Spookley the Square Pumpkin - The Musical, running from October 22-31! The cast features FAC 9th Graders Bella Majarais and Ashley Smith, members of the Theatre Program.

"Annie" at SCCT

Congratulations to the following FAC students for earning a role in the South Carolina Children's Theatre production of "Annie."

  • 9th Graders Harper Bright (Architecture), Bella Majarais (Theatre), and Ayden Woo (Voice)
  • 10th Grader Claire Shirley (Voice)
  • 11th Grader Lexi Howard (Voice)

For tickets and showtimes, please click here - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/annie/.

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

  • October 11-16 - Dance Guest Artist in Residence: Christopher L. Huggins
  • October 25-29 - Chamber Strings Guest Artists in Residence: The Callisto Quartet
  • October 25-29 - Jazz Guest Artists in Residence: The Regions
  • October 28 - Callisto Quartet Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 29 - The Regions at Genevieve’s, 8:00 p.m.
  • November 2 - Percussion Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 5 - Posting of Audition Requirements on your Website
  • November 9 - Winds Chamber Music Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 12, 13, 19, 20 - Theatre Fall Production at FAC, 7:00 p.m.

"Pink Martini" at the Peace Center

Our friends at the Peace Center would like to make our FAC Families aware of a fabulous concert opportunity - Pink Martini featuring China Forbes is coming to the Peace Center on Monday, November 1.

Part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe, and all fun, Pink Martini is the energetic and enthusiastic "little orchestra." Taking inspiration from cultures around the world, the group easily jumps between old-fashioned pop, jazz (mainly swing) and classical to establish its own unique blend of music. With a dozen musicians, a multilingual repertoire and an enthusiastic cult following, this is one eclectic sound you don't want to miss. But you don't have to take our word for it.

Check out what a few of their fans have to say:

"This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. And it seems to speak to just about everybody... from grade-schoolers to grandmothers to the young and hip and beautiful." - The Washington Post

"Pink Martini's live show conjures a fantasy of ageless glamour. This is formal play, baroque and zany, ritzy but also childlike." - JazzTimes

"Jam-packed with unlikely excavations, inspired collaborations, obscure covers, and lyrics in languages ranging from Japanese to Neapolitan, [Pink Martini] is a gift to music magpies the world over." - Interview Magazine

Get tickets today at peacecenter.org!

The FAC Parent Guild Wants YOU

The FAC Parent Guild is looking for volunteers who want to support the FAC in a variety of ways. Please click on the following link to view our informational handout.


If you have any questions, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

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