FAC Weekly Update

March 19, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

We are continuing to see progress every day, in many ways. It is very exciting to see in-person performances on our calendar...a sign of a return to a more normal experience. We are also very thankful to GCS for running yesterday's vaccine clinic, which is another positive indication that things are headed in the right direction. I hope you enjoy reading some more good news in the update below!

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

Congratulations to our National Art and Writing Medalists!

Please join me in congratulating three of our FAC Visual Artists for earning National Gold Key or Silver Key Medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!

  • Ana Pelham, 12th grade, Photography – National Silver Key Award
  • Myles Thompson, 10th grade, Drawing & Painting – National Gold Key Award
  • Addisen Yarrow, 9th grade, Design – National Silver Key Award

MOA - Clemson University

We are pleased to announce that our Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Clemson University has been renewed for another 5-year period! The agreement is designed to:

  • Encourage students to pursue a postsecondary education,
  • Reduce repetition of mastered competencies between secondary and postsecondary programs of study,
  • Provide a smooth transition from secondary to postsecondary, and
  • Reduce the cost of higher education for students and the State of South Carolina.

The agreement enables FAC students who successfully demonstrate the academic and technical competencies required, by passing of a challenge exam, to receive credit hours for certain courses in the following programs at Clemson.

  • B.A. in Architecture
  • B.A. in Performing Arts (Music, Theatre or Audio Technology)
  • B.F.A. in Visual Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Photography)
  • B.A. in Art (Digital Art & Design Media, Studio Art, Art History)

We have a similar agreement in place with the Coastal Carolina University Department of Visual Arts and are in the process of expanding to other departments at CCU. In addition, discussions are underway with other South Carolina public universities to bring a similar agreement to their institution of higher learning. Stay tuned for more good news in the future, and please reach out to Mr. Popat with any questions!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"As individuals, we often attribute the success of others to luck or circumstances and make excuses for our own failures and the failures of the team. We blame our own poor performance on bad luck, circumstances beyond our control, or poorly performing subordinates - anyone but ourselves. Total responsibility for failure is a difficult thing to accept, and taking ownership when things go wrong requires extraordinary humility and courage. But doing just that is an absolute necessity to learning, growing as a leader, and improving a team's performance.

Extreme Ownership requires leaders to look at an organization's problems through the objective lens of reality, without emotional attachments to agendas or plans. It mandates that a leader set ego aside, accept responsibility for failures, attack weaknesses, and consistently work to build a better and more effective team.

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win," pgs. 30-31


  • 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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Attention Seniors!

Class of 2021 Lawn Signs

Herff Jones is offering the FAC Class of 2021 the opportunity to purchase a lawn sign to celebrate our amazing Seniors! Please click on the following link to access the ordering website - https://classofyardsigns.com/product/the-fine-arts-center/.

If you need the official names of our programs for your lawn sign, here is the list:

  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Music
    • Jazz Studies
    • Percussion
    • Recording Arts
    • Strings Chamber Music
    • Voice
    • Winds Chamber Music
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Theatre Performance
  • Visual Arts

Please contact Herff Jones directly with any questions - (864) 244-0110,


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


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)

An email went out to students and parents on Monday with instructions on how to sign up for these courses for next year. If you have any questions, 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.

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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  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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