FAC Weekly Update

February 24, 2023

Good Morning, FAC Family

We hope that you had a wonderful week!

As the weather starts to turn towards Spring, we are turning out a lot of exciting projects at the FAC. Our PM Architecture, Theatre Performance, and Theatre Design students are collaborating on a project that will bring together elements of all three disciplines. The students of the Tri-M Music Honor Society presented a fantastic recital on Wednesday evening. Ceramic Artist Jen Graff spent Thursday with our Visual Arts students, sharing her artistic processes and showcasing her work.

Our DOUBLE IT matching donation campaign is off and running. See below for our progress so far. Please spread the word about this opportunity so that we can maximize your child's opportunities and experiences at the FAC. The campaign closes on Friday, March 17, so donate now!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

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Elevate Sponsorships Available

Please email vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us for more information.

Crashtest Magazine

The new issue of Crashtest - the biannual online magazine founded and run by the creative writing students at the Fine Arts Center - is finally up! Featuring work by young writers from Interlochen, Michigan, to Bettendorf, Iowa, to Yenagoa, Nigeria and beyond, as well as art from the FAC's very own Mary Mays, Kaylen Jones, Lillian Michaels, Erica Cooper, Sariah Caldwell, Brianna Nicoloff, Karis King, Rosalind Clark, Hettie Brazier, Isabelle Niswonger, Hannah Brewer and Lucy Hall. We hope you enjoy and, if you are looking for a good place to do some good, there is a link on the yellow house poets page to their website where you can donate to their cause. They recently lost their physical location due to flooding and are looking to rebuild.

Click on the following like to view - https://readymag.com/u21126619/4117328/.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

How Leaders Find Common Ground

Successful leaders CONNECT rather than DIRECT.

  • Connecting is collaborative, while directing is authoritative
  • Connecting is listening, while directing is talking
  • Connecting is side-by-side, while directing is top-down
  • Connecting is empowering people, while directing is enlisting people
  • Connecting involves more understanding, while directing involves more assuming
  • Connecting asks questions, while directing gives answers
  • Connecting prioritizes others' agendas, while directing prioritizes your own agenda
  • Connecting involves standing on others' ground, while directing involves standing on your own ground

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Leadership Podcast

Guest Artist - Professor Hal Grossman

The Fine Arts Center Strings Chamber Music Studio is excited to welcome Professor Hal Grossman to the FAC next week as an Artist-in-Residence! Professor Grossman's residency is funded through our partnership with the Peace Center. He will be working with our Strings Chamber Music students throughout the week, providing masterclasses and coaching sessions, along with his program that addresses musician health and performance concerns called The Grossman Method. The residency concludes with a concert on Friday night in the Sutherlin Recital Hall.

About Hal Grossman

Violinist Hal Grossman has been hailed by critics for his "tremendous virtuosic technique" and "outstanding artistic sense". As concerto soloist, he has appeared with American, European and Canadian orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, Polish Sinfonietta, the Illinois, Lima, Guelph and Battle Creek symphonies. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana and his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago.

Mr. Grossman is the founder and creator of The Grossman Method©, a course of study addressing musician’s health issues. The Method is a unique teaching system that addresses musicians’ health and performance issues within the applied lesson structure. Including a confluence of Yoga, Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique, The Grossman Method has an international presence and has been used by leading performing artists. The Grossman Method was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in String Pedagogy by the American String Teachers Association in 2018.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - SC Children's Theatre

Come out and support FAC Theatre students Tesia Hennessey (Grade 10) and Claire Quackenbush (Grade 9), who are part of the cast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the South Carolina Children's Theatre! The production runs from March 3-12. For information, please go to - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-show/.

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!

Upcoming FAC Performances

NAACP ACT-SO Competition

Fine Arts Center students are encouraged to enter their work in the NAACP’s ACT-SO scholarship competition. Students can win between $250 and $3,000 locally as well as advance to the national competition for work in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing - Original Essay, Poetry, Short Story
  • Dance - Ballet, Contemporary
  • Dramatics
  • Filmmaking
  • Instrumental Music: Classical, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional
  • Music Composition
  • Oratory
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts - Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
  • Vocal Music: Classical, Contemporary

Please note: students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information -


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

The Rotary Club of Greenville awards the Service Above Self Scholarship that is funded through Rotary Charities Inc., the 501(c)(3) affiliated with the club. This prestigious award is a renewable grant of up to $5,000 per year for 4 years for a total potential award of $20,000. The scholarship will be awarded to a Greenville County graduating high school senior with exceptional community service and academic performance. The recipient will be a student who exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” through his or her contributions to the community and future potential to continue to further the Rotary mission. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.https://greenvillerotary.org/project/service-self-scholarship/ Deadline: March 1, 2023

Greenville County Schools Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament - 2023

The Greenville County Schools Scholarship Golf Tournament proceeds provide district seniors with financial assistance for their freshman year of college. Application deadline: March 1, 2023. Click below for application and eligibility requirements.


AHAM - The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2023 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following: https://www.ahamsc.org/scholarship. Deadline: March 15, 2023

Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville or Spartanburg counties. More details and application available at https://musicclubgreenville.org Deadline March 24, 2023

Regions Black History Scholarship Essay Contest | Regions https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-equity-inclusion/supporting-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline: March 31, 2023

J E Sirrine Scholarship: Students may apply for a $2,000 Sirrine Scholarship by visiting the Sirrine Scholarship Application website. Renewable for a maximum of three (3) years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her program of studies. Deadline: April 15, 2023

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. Details at www.stuckatprom.com March 29-June 7


  • Saturday, February 25 - FAC Audition Day #1
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
  • Saturday, March 4 - FAC Audition Day #2
  • Thursday, March 9 - The Next Generation: A Concert of Creative Minds; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
  • Tuesday, March 14 - Strings Chamber Music Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
  • Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 26 - Spring Break


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