Fine Arts Center Named Exemplary School by National Art School Network

Greenville, SC - The Fine Arts Center (FAC) was recently named an Exemplary School by the Arts Schools Network (ASN) Board of Directors. This prestigious achievement is a five-year designation, awarded 2023-2028. ASN, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, awards their Exemplary School designations to members that follow a specific guide to evaluate the school's achievements. Through ‘A Guide to Assessing Your Arts School’, The FAC was evaluated based on the school’s purpose, operations and education programs. The FAC will be presented this award during the ASN 2023 Annual Conference, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC), established in 1974 as the first specialized arts school in SC, serves as a model for arts education. The FAC is part of the Greenville County Schools (GCS), which was established in 1952 and is the largest school district in South Carolina, serving approximately 77,500 students. The FAC’s mission is to prepare dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community. As an arts-centered program, the Fine Arts Center introduces students to the possibilities of a life in the arts, and gives them the tools to pursue it.

“The Fine Arts Center is thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to excellence by being named an Exemplary School by the Arts School Network,” said Vee Popat, FAC Director. “The FAC is thankful for ASN’s leadership in art education, and we look forward to continued collaboration through the network they provide.”

The first arts school in South Carolina, the Fine Arts Center has been preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative learning environments for nearly 50 years. Learn more by visiting

Dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education, Arts School Network is a non-profit that provides arts school leaders, innovative partners and members of arts education institutions with quality resources, support and networking opportunities. Visit to learn more.

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