FAC Weekly Update

February 17, 2022

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

It is hard to believe, but we are now 2/3 of the way through the 2021-2022 school year. Our Seniors have only 60 days left with us...our Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors have 61. Why are we counting? Not because we want the time to pass; quite the opposite. We're not counting the days...we're making them count. We love being with our students and want to enjoy every minute we have with them. Let's all enjoy a restful long weekend, and pick up again next Tuesday with an unmatched gratitude, passion and dedication for being in a place where we get to do what we love!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

“An amateur lets the negative opinion of others unman him. He takes external criticism to heart, allowing it to trump his own belief in himself and his work….

…With four holes to go on the final day of the 2001 Masters (which Tiger [Woods] went on to win, completing the all-four-majors-at-one-time Slam), some chucklehead in the gallery snapped a camera shutter at the top of Tiger’s backswing. Incredibly, Tiger was able to pull up in mid-swing and back off the shot. But that wasn’t the amazing part. After looking daggers at the malefactor, Tiger recomposed himself, stepped back to the ball, and striped it 310 down the middle.

That’s a professional… The professional cannot allow the actions of others to define his reality.”

The War of Art

Steven Pressfield

Congratulations to Ms. Dauscha!

FAC Fiber Arts Instructor, April Dauscha, has her work as part of an exhibit at the Lee Gallery at Clemson University. Gallery hours are as follows:

Jan. 24–Mar. 9

M-TH, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ms. Dauscha will also be giving an Artist Talk on March 3 from 6-7 p.m.

Please click on the following link for more information - https://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/cva/lee-gallery/exhibitions/auspicious-behavior1.html. Congratulations, Ms. Dauscha!

Callisto Quartet at the Peace Center

On Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., the String Quartet in Residence at the FAC - The Callisto Quartet - will host a special performance at Genevieve's. Please take advantage of this opportunity to see one of the world's finest string quartets in concert performance. Ticket information can be found here - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-callisto-quartet.

Praised for their “intensity and bravado” and the "cohesion and intonation one might expect from an ensemble twice their age," the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music and a desire for excellence. Since their formation in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has quickly garnered top prizes in nearly every major international chamber music competition and praise from audiences across North America and Europe. Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize Winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Callisto Quartet has also taken home prizes from the Bordeaux (2019), Melbourne (2018) and Wigmore Hall (2018) competitions.

FAC Jazz All-Stars Return to the Peace Center

Don't miss the first of two jazz concerts at the Peace Center this semester - Wednesday, March 16 at Genevieve's Lounge. This performance will feature Leah Rutherford, Blake Slaughter, Carson Moore, Miles Jernigan, and Patrick Lane. For tickets, click the link below.


Please come out and support these wonderful student musicians!

"The Lost Melody" at the Fine Arts Center

Don't miss the chance to see a world-class jazz trio perform at our very own Sutherlin Recital Hall. Originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, "The Lost Melody" is finally coming to Greenville to share its music with our community. They will perform a FREE concert on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and will spend Thursday, April 7 in the Jazz Studio working with our AM and PM students.

Keep an eye on the Weekly Update for information on how to reserve your seat for the performance.

The Lost Melody - New Songs for Old Souls EPK

FAC Green Artists Club

FAC Green Artists will have our year's first Adopt-a-Highway project after school on Thursday, Feb. 24 (weather permitting). We will meet up in the Music Library after school, and head out around 4:00 after traffic dies down a little. Our road clean-ups usually last around an hour or so and are good for volunteer credit hours. We will provide you with gloves, orange vests, and trash bags. Come help us beautify Pine Knoll Rd, and bring some friends!

For more information about the group, please contact Richard Young rwyoung@greenvilleschools.us or Matthew Revilla mrevil3236@greenvilleschools.us

FAC Class Rings

On Thursday, March 3, Herff Jones will hold brief informational meetings about FAC Class Rings at the start of the AM and PM class sessions. The meetings will be open to Juniors, but the information will also be available to Seniors who missed the opportunity last year to purchase a ring. Students will be given the option to order a custom FAC Ring, or a Class Ring from their home-base high school that has FAC information on it.

Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.


Scholarship Opportunities

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 deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program

Since 1997 the South Carolina State Fair has awarded scholarships to students across the state of South Carolina. The 2022 scholarship application and eligibility requirements are now available at www.scstatefair.org. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

AHAM Scholarship

The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following ahamsc.org/scholarship. The deadline is March 19, 2022.

School Links has a comprehensive scholarship list. Log into your student account. Click on Finances and Scholarship Matching.

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 Little Mermaid" - Greer Children's Theatre

Come see FAC students Shamaiah Brown (Theater), Erin Poinsette (Design and Production), Vittoria Swalm (Theater), Ellie Hambrook (Design and Production), Sarah Poinsette (Voice), and Ben Turner (Theater) in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "The Little Mermaid."

Performances are March 4-5 and 11-13.

Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61215.

"Arabian Nights" - Carolina Ballet Theatre

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Arabian Nights - featuring a number of students from our FAC Dance Studio. Performance dates and ticket information are as follows:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 12 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm.

Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-cbt-14

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

  • February 18, 21 - No School for Students and Teachers - Presidents' Day
  • February 24 - Jazz Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs
  • March 7-11 - Callisto Quartet Residency, FAC Chamber Strings Program
  • March 15 - Chamber Strings Recital; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • March 16 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center; Genevieve's Lounge

*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.


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to 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 Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. https://forms.gle/zgmpDdyW2a7iPmVY8

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

Why arts education is important.

Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools

Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.

Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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