FAC Weekly Update

October 29, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We had a wonderful week, with a number of guest artists in the building providing some amazing experiences to our students. Thank you to...

  • The Peace Center and the FAC Partners for funding these residencies and visitations.
  • The Callisto Quartet for sharing your talent, expertise, and experience with our Chamber Strings students.
  • The Regions for enriching our Jazz and Percussion students with your world-class musicianship.
  • Mark Batory for your work with our Ceramics students.

It is a privilege to be able to give our students these opportunities. If you are interested in helping us bring more guest artists to the FAC, please visit the FAC Partners website to learn how you can help - www.FACPartners.org

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Ask Why, Not Who

"The next time you experience a failure, think about why you failed instead of who was at fault. Try to look at it objectively so that you can do better next time. My friend Bobb Biehl suggests a list of questions to help you analyze any failure.

  • What lessons have I learned?
  • Am I grateful for this experience?
  • How can I turn the failure into success?
  • Practically speaking, where do I go from here?
  • Who else has failed in this way before, and how can that person help me?
  • How can my experience help others someday to keep from failing?
  • Did I fail, or did I fall short of an unrealistically high standard?
  • Where did I succeed as well as fail?

People who blame others for their failures never overcome them. They move from problem to problem, and as a result, they never experience success. To reach your potential, you must continually improve yourself, and you can't do that if you don't take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes."

John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 97.

FAC SEL Program - AM FAC Students

Our SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) session that was previously scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Tuesday, November 2.

This is for our AM students only - PM students receive their SEL program from their home-base GCS high school.


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

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Our friends at Centre Stage want to let you know about their upcoming show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Centre Stage is excited to be presenting this fun, comedic show to upstate audiences from Oct 21st-Nov. 7th. Because they are performing all of Shakespeare's plays in one evening, they asked me to reach out to you and let you know about some deals that we currently have running. They are offering a $15 ticket to all students and educators using the discount code - "Shakespeare." Go to http://www.centrestage.org for more info.

Please note that one of our Theatre Performance students, Chaz Haines (grade 12), is serving as Assistant Director for this production. Please consider supporting his efforts by going to see the show!

"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

  • November 2 - Percussion Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • November 5 - Posting of Audition Requirements on all FAC Studio Websites
  • 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.*

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

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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