FAC Weekly Update

November 5, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a wonderful week! We would like to start this Weekly Update by congratulating our Percussion students on a phenomenal concert last Tuesday. Their individual and group progress has been tremendous, and we thank both the students and Mr. Strasser for their hard work and commitment.

Speaking of concerts, be sure to take a look at the Important Dates/Upcoming Events section below. We have some great events coming up that you do not want to miss!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Do For Others What They Can't Do For Themselves

"Ambassador and poet Henry Van Dyke observed, 'There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.' What a great perspective! Doing for others what they can't do for themselves is really a matter of attitude. I believe that whatever I've been given is to be shared with others. And because I have an abundance mindset, I never worry about running out myself. The more I give away, the more I seem to get to give away.

Few things are of greater value to a prepared person than an opportunity. Why? Because opportunities increase our potential. Demosthenes, the great orator of ancient Greece, said, 'Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.' An opportunity seized is often a source of success. Help people win by giving them opportunities, and you will win with them."

John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 251.

M. Judson Booksellers - Fine Arts Center Fundraiser

Do you love books? Gifts? Baked goods? Coffee? Shopping local? Supporting the Fine Arts Center?

Now is your opportunity for any and all of the above!

The Fine Arts Center is working in partnership with Greenville's own M. Judson Booksellers. When patrons shopping in the downtown bookstore between Friday, November 5 and Friday, November 12 mention the FAC while checking out, M. Judson shares a portion of the proceeds with us.

Please consider shopping at M. Judson this week and contributing to the Fine Arts Center PARTners.


Come see the FAC Theatre Department's Fall Production - FASHIONISTAS - directed by FAC Theatre Instructor David Schwingle. We are employing reserved seating in order to ensure social distancing. Please click on the following link to buy your tickets!


FAC "Jazz All-Stars" at the Peace Center

The Peace Center is proud to present the Fine Arts Center Jazz All-Stars concerts in Genevieve’s. Now in its fourth year, the Fine Arts Center concert series prepares student musicians for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by giving them a resume-building, professional opportunity to perform in paid settings.

Please click on the following link for ticket information:

Panharmonia Concert - November 11

You are warmly invited to a concert at FAC on Thursday, November 11, 7 PM featuring pianist John Crawley and flutist Kate Steinbeck of PAN HARMONIA, an Asheville chamber music company.

This evocative program, Spirit Flight, includes works likely not heard in Greenville before by modern, lyrical American composers Jennifer Higdon, Philip Glass, Florence Price, Katherine Hoover and Paul Schoenfield.

Admission is free for FAC students, teachers and parents, but we ask that you please reserve in advance by noon on November 11 in order to plan for spacious seating. Please go to the link below, choose "no donation," number of seats and proceed.



Scholarship Opportunities

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.


Alchemy Comedy Club

Don't miss Finnegan Garity, an 11th-grade student in the Creative Writing program, who performs monthly at Alchemy Comedy Club (Coffee Underground) with his improv team, “Irene”. The next performance with Irene is Thursday, November 18, at 9:00 p.m. Check it out!

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/.

CBT's 'The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville'

Don't miss Carolina Ballet Theatre's production of, "The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville." The cast features many students from the FAC Dance Program! Showtimes are as follows:

Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2021, at 2:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-15.

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 5 - Posting of Audition Requirements on all FAC Studio Websites
  • November 9 - Winds Chamber Music Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • November 10 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-jazz-all-stars-1
  • November 11 - Panharmonia Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • November 12, 13, 19, 20 - Theatre Fall Production at FAC, 7:00 p.m.*
  • November 17 - 2:25 Jazz Studio Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2 - Voice Studio Recital at FAC*

*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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