FAC Weekly Update

April 16, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

It is great to be back with the students. Time is short and the next few weeks are packed, so we have "hit the ground running" after a restful Spring Break. Be sure to check the "Upcoming Events" section below - we will share live stream links for those who cannot attend events in-person and hope to have a supportive home audience from our FAC Community.

Seniors - keep checking your email and communicating with both us and your parents. Lots of responsibilities lie ahead in the final month of your FAC career!

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

Change to Attendance Plan?

As of the sending of this newsletter, we are still operating on the 75% attendance plan. However, as you may know, the SC Legislature is close to passing a law that will allow parents the option to send their child back 5 days a week.

The latest information on this change can be found by clicking on this link - https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/News/main.asp?titleid=2104hs. Please note that the plexiglass dividers in our classrooms will remain, as we can accommodate all of our students in the current setup. If there are any specifics that need to be communicated regarding your child's program, we will reach out to you next week via email.

Please check your email regularly for updates on this situation. Both GCS and the FAC will communicate with you in a thorough and timely manner.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

The Obsession with Self

"The ego is the greatest opponent you'll ever face because it limits you to your own five senses and the knowledge derived only from your personal experiences. This narrow focus excludes the ideas, opportunities, and connections that are possible with broader vision. When your vision is restricted by your own needs and wants, your main pursuit becomes self-serving. Life moves from learning and growing, giving and receiving, to self-preserving, hoarding and grasping."

Jim Murphy, "Inner Excellence: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible Life," pgs. 27-28.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week - From Lisa Lyvers

Dear FAC Families and Friends,

Hello! I am sending this message on behalf of the FAC Parent Engagement Committee.

We are honoring our wonderful Fine Arts Center Faculty & Staff May 3 - May 7. The plan is to organize a breakfast, lunch, snacks and extra goodies during this week. To accomplish this plan, we need your help. Please click on the following link and select the button to pitch in by April 30.


Don't hesitate to contact Lisa Lyvers if you have any questions- momlyvers@aol.com.

Thanks so much! Your continued support of our FAC faculty and staff is appreciated!

Stay well! Lisa Lyvers


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • FAC Dance Concerts at the Gunter Theatre - 1:30 p.m. Class = May 7, 7:00 p.m.; 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. classes = May 8, 12:00 p.m.

  • 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!


  • April 16 - eLearning for all students - Vaccination Day #2 for Staff
  • May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week AND FAC Spirit Week
  • May 14 - Last day for Seniors
  • May 17 - FAC Commencement -- 7:00 p.m., Greer HS
  • May 28 - Last Day for Underclassmen


Roy S. Fluhrer Scholarship - Due May 5

Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer served as the Director of Greenville County School District’s Fine Arts Center from 1989 to 2017. Upon his retirement, a scholarship in his name was established and will be awarded to a graduating Senior on an annual basis. This needs-based scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate artistic excellence along with the intent to study the arts at the collegiate/university/conservatory level.

Students may apply via this Google Form - https://forms.gle/JKzR1fyesh9Rj7fD7 - with a deadline of Wednesday, May 5, 2021, to electronically submit the form. A committee will review all applications and the winner will be announced at the Fine Arts Center Commencement on Monday, May 17, 2021.

All applications should include two letters of recommendation - one from a teacher and one from a community member who is familiar with your artistic growth and drive for excellence. Please either email or submit a hard copy of the letters to Mr. Popat by the May 5 deadline.

FAC Commencement - ADA Seating Requests

PARENTS OF SENIORS - please email Mr. Popat if you require ADA seating for anyone attending the FAC Commencement. We need this information by April 30 at the very latest. Thank you!

Honor Cords

Seniors - we have created a link for you to purchase Honor Cords for your high school graduation ceremony. Before purchasing...

  1. Remember that we do not wear a cap and gown for our ceremony. We dress professionally, but have no graduation regalia since we do not give you a diploma - just a certificate.
  2. Ask your high school if they allow you to wear honor cords at your graduation. If they say yes, then purchase the cords.
  3. Place your order by 3:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021.

Here is the link - https://fineartscenter.net/Disclaim.aspx?URL=https://tinyurl.com/paucm2f8. When you get to this page, click the button that says, "CONTINUE TO DONATION OR PURCHASE."


Scholarship Opportunities

  • NEW - Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award - https://www.daphnemlee.com/scholarship

    Founded in 2019, the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award was established out of the lack of scholarships to women of color pursuing performing arts majors in colleges and universities. As an arts advocate, Lee seeks to have more of a balance in the world of performing arts creatives, believing that the world can heal more through arts. The mission of this scholarship to not only help alleviate the high costs of education but to encourage more people to pursue the arts leading to full-time careers.

  • 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

  • Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. . Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Participants can submit their entry beginning at 12:00 PM EDT on March 31, 2021, through 11:59 PM EDT on June 9, 2021. Final winners will be announced on about July 21, 2021. Details at www.stuckatprom.com

  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to A&F by email at scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

    Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Deadline - June 12, 2021.

  • Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    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


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.

FAC Parent Guild

If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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