FAC Weekly Update

December 18, 2020

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a terrific week.

As we close for the Holiday Break and usher out what has certainly been a most challenging year, I think it is appropriate for us to recognize what our students, parents, faculty, and staff have accomplished since March. Each of us, in our own role that we play within the FAC Family, have reinvented ourselves multiple times this year. Along this long and winding road that COVID has taken us on, we have adapted and persevered in a manner that can at the very least be described as remarkable. Though these times have been tough, we have proven to be tougher. We continue to dedicate ourselves to our art form, feeding and nourishing our souls, creating even though it has been harder than ever to do so.

Moving into 2021, we are more ready than ever to emerge from the challenge of 2020. To create art with more dedication, passion, and tenacity than ever before. The promise of the coming year is bright, and we can't wait to see our students after this well-deserved break!

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

Thank you for all of your donations and words of encouragement!

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Email re: Increase to 75% Attendance

Yesterday afternoon, I sent an email to parents about the announced plan for increased in-person attendance at all GCS High Schools. If you have not already done so, please take a look at that email and refer to the following page for full details on the schedule change - https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/News/main.asp?titleid=2012highschools. Be sure to attend the Zoom meeting I have set up for your child's area of study. I look forward to having the opportunity to answer your questions.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Confidence - "You must earn the right to be confident"

“There is perhaps no stronger steel than well-founded self-belief: the knowledge that your preparation is complete, that you have done all things possible to ready yourself and your organization for the competition, whatever form it comes in. Confidence cannot be grafted on artificially. Real abiding confidence, like poise, is earned only by tenaciously pursuing and attaining those assets that allow you to reach your own level of competency - the potential you have within.

Confidence must be monitored so that it does not spoil or rot and turn into arrogance. Arrogance, or elitism, is the feeling of superiority that fosters the assumption that past success will be repeated without the same hard effort that brought it about in the first place. Thus, I have never gone into a game assuming victory. All opponents have been respected, none feared.”

John Wooden (with Steve Jamison), Wooden on Leadership, p. 51-22


Scholarship Opportunities

  • J E Sirrine Scholarship: Students may apply for a $2,000 Sirrine Scholarship by visiting the Sirrine Scholarship Application website. Renewable for a maximum of three (3) years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her program of studies. The site will be available in January.

  • Case Western Theater Scholarship -

    Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the full-tuition awards, the student must declare theater as a major by the end of their freshman year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://theater.case.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-scholarships/ Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • 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. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The 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. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - 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 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 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. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.

Updated DHEC Regulations - Return to School Procedures

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Arts in Basic Curriculum

The Fine Arts Center received great news yesterday - we have named an ABC Certified School by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (https://www.abcprojectsc.com/). This honor will offer our school the opportunity to serve as a model educational institution to schools across South Carolina and will allow us access to grant funding that is only available to ABC Certified Schools. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to being part of this prestigious group!

National YoungArts Winners!

This year, the FAC sent the highest amount of submissions in our school's history to the National YoungArts Competition. We are so proud of all of our students who went through the rigorous application process. The following Fine Arts Center Students were among the 659 students nationwide selected as National YoungArts Winners!

  • Thomas Hicks - Grade 12; Honorable Mention Award, Photography
  • Philip Rawlinson - Grade 12; Merit Award, Classical Music (Viola)

Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. 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.



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