The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Ithaca (New York) City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. FABG is an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

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Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Deadline for Applicatio

The Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a five-day, four-night retreat for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers during the school break weeks of February 18-22, 2017 and April 15-19, 2017. New this year is the choice of weeks and the opportunity to experience the retreat with teachers from other districts. This residency is designed to provide a residency-type retreat for local ICSD teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Hearty vegetarian dinners will be prepared each night. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory....(read more)

ICSD RECIPIENT OF 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATION AWARD FOR MUSIC

The Ithaca City School District is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Citation Award for music. ICSD is one of two school districts honored with this distinguished award this year.

The NYSSMA® Presidential Citation Award is given to districts that act as models for music education programs in New York State and provide a well-rounded music program at all levels. ICSD has been building the music program over the last five years. Student participation is up over 120 percent.

“There has been an increase in the outreach to our community,” said David Brown, ICSD Chief Administration Officer and Director of Fine & Performing Arts. “Music education is available to everyone. Anyone who can’t afford a musical instrument is provided one by the district....(read more)

Play it Again, Ithaca” – Used Musical Instruments Needed

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) through its “Play it Again, Ithaca” program collects used musical instruments to be distributed for student use across the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). These donated instruments become part of the ICSD collection of instruments available for free use to students in the district.

FABG strives to provide ICSD students who might not otherwise have access to instruments an opportunity to participate in band or orchestra. The ICSD arts program allows students to take free instrumental lessons during school hours and participate in the school musical groups....(read more)

ARTS MINI-GRANT DEADLINE: October 15, 2016

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The Fall 2016 deadline is October 15, and Spring 2017 is February 1 for electronic submission. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive , by phone 256-4734, or email president@fabgithaca.org.

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation, and for equity in the arts programs....(read more)

Check out IPEI and FABG Grant Deadlines.... Get Resources and Experiences for Students!

Be sure and check out the calendar for grant deadlines. Teachers and staff, please apply! Ask for help or feedback if you need it.

In addition to the grants listed here, also check out www.artspartner.org for their Nov 10 deadline for Arts in Education Grants.

2016-2017 Ad Campaign Begins!

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP SEEKS SUPPORT FOR MINI-GRANTS: LAUNCHES AD SPONSOR CAMPAIGN

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertising sponsors for its 2016-2017 performance program booklets for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) secondary schools’ events including concerts, dramas, and musicals at Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Display ad space is available for sponsors who would like to support FABG activities throughout the ICSD. Contact the boosters at ads@fabgithaca.org.

Performance program ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Mini-Grants for teachers that fund enhanced arts experiences for students....(read more)

Maddie Carroll named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

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Maddie Carroll was named as the recipient of the 2016 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Maddie accepted the award at the Ithaca High School’s Underclassmen Awards Night, June 7, 2016 in Ithaca High School’s Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an Ithaca High School student who has not only participated in the performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.

The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an Ithaca High School student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006....(read more)

Visit the Watershed Wall mural during the Ithaca Festival and Thank an art teacher!

The Watershed Wall is a clay tile mural created in 2010 by students of the Ithaca City School District as a result of a public art collaboration between the City of Ithaca and the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) art teachers. This project was facilitated by the Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), and supported by many community organizations. The mural has new signs including legends that indicate the sections made by each school. Thank you, City of Ithaca, Brooks Hendrix, Duane Ross and his team for installing the updated signs.

Visit the mural during the Ithaca Festival and tweet your thanks to visual art teacher....(read more)

Boynton Middle School Music Department Announces Music Showcase Festival Results

The student members of the Boynton Middle School 7 – 8 String Orchestra, 7 – 8 Chorus and Concert Band gave outstanding performances at the Music Showcase Festival in Harrisburg, PA, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Congratulations to all of the student participants and special thanks to the many parents and teachers who helped by chaperoning and moving equipment....(read more)

Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund Awards Grant

The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), will award summer music scholarships through the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund. Established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD),the fund will provide more than seven music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program. The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) and the IYB. Contact president@fabgithaca.org for more information.

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