FAC Weekly Update

March 17, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We have arrived - Spring Break is here, and it is time for us to recharge our batteries for what promises to be a very busy end of the school year. As of today, we are thinking of the number 43. There are 43 days left in the school year for our FAC students...42 days for our seniors. Are we counting because we want the year to end?


We are counting the opportunities we have to continue our artistic journey. Let's all take the time to rest and reflect over the coming week. And then, let's return with a renewed fervor to pursue our art with more dedication and passion than ever before. Let's meet goals and surpass them, do things we have never thought possible, and take advantage of every opportunity that we encounter!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Forget Your Mistakes, But Remember What They Taught You

"Learn from the mistakes of others; you can never live long enough to make them all yourself."

- Unknown

To impress others, tell them about your successes and how you achieved them. But to IMPACT others, tell them about your mistakes and how you fixed them.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Podcast

SC NATS Regional Competition - Classical Voice

The Fine Arts Center Voice Studio had nine students participate in the SCNATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, South Carolina Chapter) Classical Voice Preliminaries. All nine students advanced to the regional stage of the competitions with high scores in their categories. Three of our students were Category Winners. Here are the results:

Hayley Glenn, Category Winner

Claire Shirley, Category Winner

Charles Sanderson, Category Winner

Regional Qualifiers:

Norah Bailey

Kelsie Barrineau

Alana Brezenski

Hayley Glenn

Lexi Howard

Mills Howell

Charles Sanderson

Claire Shirley

Sarah Poinsette

Congratulations to all of these wonderful musicians!

Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars

Congratulations to the following Fine Arts Center students who were named "Rising Stars" and were selected to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston:

  • Chloe Arnold and Ali Jennings, cello and double bass duo
  • Jasmine Council, theatre
  • Both FAC Jazz Combos - Leah Rutherford, Carson Moore, Blake Slaughter, Miles Jernigan, Patrick Lane; Ava Ramsay, Isaac Lucas, Henry Delaney, Dalton Hix, Ethan Ropp, Allwyn Edwards.
  • Isabella Lawrence, theatre
  • Claire Shirley, voice
  • Lily Tran, visual arts
  • Michele West, cello

Greenville Tech Upstate Art Awards

Congratulations to the following FAC Visual Arts students on receiving an award at the Upstate Art Awards! The title of each student's work is listed next to their name in italics.

  • Jordyn Abtahi - Letting it Overtake
  • Gabriel Brown - Self
  • Jen Daniels - Stop
  • Megan Edwards - Comfort Food
  • Corina Hall - Beautifully Healing
  • Jane Kihne - Big Al
  • Maddi Lehde - Scream
  • Mary Mays - Self-Portrait
  • Brianna Nicoloff - Spiraling

Furman Presidential Music Scholarship

Congratulations to FAC seniors Hayley Glenn (voice), Ethan Ropp (Jazz Studies), and Charlie Sanderson (Chamber Strings, Voice) on earning the Presidental Music Scholarship to Furman University!

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.

Workshop for FAC Parents - March 30, 2022 - Please RSVP!

On Wednesday, March 30, Mr. Popat will present a workshop for parents titled, "Mind Games: How Boys and Girls Learn, and How Knowing This Helps You as a Parent." The workshop will be held in the FAC Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP using the following link - https://forms.gle/ShP6EvLSPZcQssSj8.

NAACP ACT-SO Scholarship Competition

Fine Arts Center students are encouraged to enter student work in the NAACP’s ACT-SO scholarship competition. This competition is open to students of all grade levels and of all backgrounds. Students can win between $250 and $3,000 locally as well as advance to the national competition for work in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Dance: Ballet
  • Dance: Contemporary
  • Dance: Modern
  • Dance: Traditional
  • Dramatics
  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Instrumental Music: Classical
  • Instrumental Music: Contemporary
  • Music Composition
  • Oratory
  • Original Essay
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry (Written)
  • Poetry (Performance)
  • Sculpture
  • Short Story
  • Vocal Music: Classical
  • Vocal Music: Contemporary

For more information, please visit the ACT-SO website: https://naacp.org/our-work/youth-programs/act-so-achievement-program.

The competition application can be found here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ha1Gch3v1olS8E21_RCdNQQHiyiZIWoy/view?usp=sharing

Don't Miss the Architecture Juried Show Reception

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Pan Harmonia Concert

On Thursday, March 31, Kate Steinbeck and Steve Newbrough will present an evening of music featuring flute and acoustic guitar. The concert will take place in the FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Please reserve your seat at the following link - https://panharmonia.org/product/march-31/.

"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.

Please RSVP to the concert by completing this form - https://forms.gle/f9asUpycrqwb1g1y5


Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Regions "Riding Foward" Scholarship Contest

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who live in states with Regions Bank full-service branches and will attend an accredited college during the 2022-2023 academic school year. (15 scholarships will be awarded for Written Essay submissions and 15 scholarships will be awarded for Video Essay submissions.). https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-and-inclusion/supporting-our-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline - March 31, 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/


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

  • March 29 - Architecture Gallery Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery
  • March 30 - Parent Presentation on Adolescent Brain Development, 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 31 - Panharmonia Concert; Flute and Guitar, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 5 - FAC Dance Concert, Gunther Theatre (Peace Center), 7:00 p.m.
  • April 5 - Percussion Studio Recital, 7:00 p.m. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 6 - The Lost Melody Jazz Trio, 7:00 p.m. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 7 - FAC Winds Studio Recital, 7:00 p.m. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 13 - FAC AM Jazz Studio Recital, 7:00 p.m. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 14 - FAC PM Jazz Studio Recital, 7:00 p.m. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 15 and 18 - No School, Easter Holiday


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

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.

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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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.

FAC Class Rings

Class Ring order forms were shared with all FAC Juniors, and are to be turned in next Thursday - March 10. Herff-Jones will be in the FAC lobby next Thursday before each class session to collect forms and answer questions.