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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Volunteer to Keep Arts Education Strong in the ICSD

Help the Fine Arts Booster Group - volunteer for jobs large and small! Contact

Below are some of the areas where help is need. Communications — a few jobs that can be shared, including disseminating press releases, and posting events, news, facebook help and calendars to the FABG website.

Graphics and Layout person — tasks include arranging the pieces provided to create the secondary schools’ performing arts programs

Ad Coordinator — tasks include soliciting advertisers and working with graphic designers and district personnel on ad section of secondary school choir, band, orchestra, and drama performance programs.

Grant Committee - help us decide about grant giving

Want to Donate a Used Musical Instrument? Click on the Give -Time, Donations, Instruments tab above for More Information

Find information on how to donate your used musical instrument in the “Give - Time, Donations, Instruments” tab above or just email We have changed some of our procedures due to COVID-9 restrictions to help keep our volunteers, donors, instrument repair staff, and Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff safe during the entire donation process.

Saltonstall Teacher Retreat - Teachers Chosen

Thanks to Saltonstall for this great partnership. Teachers have been chosen for the retreats during the 2022 school breaks!

Feb 19-23: Aurora Rojer (humanities teacher, LACS) Jessica Stratton (artist, Lansing H.S.) RJ Malabanan (Spanish teacher, BOCES) Amy Dawson (math teacher, Trumansburg Mid. school) Abigail Bokaer (writer, Fall Creek) Sarah Locke (art teacher, Belle Sherman Elementary School)

April 9-13: Esmé Saccuccimorano (art teacher, Northeast Elementary School) Justin DiMatteo (STEAM collaborator, Trumansburg Elementary) Rebecca Czajkowski (English teacher, Trumansburg H.S.) Jennifer Gibson (instructor / artist, TST BOCES) Michelle Harty (art teacher, Fall Creek / Enfield) Sara Apker (art teacher, Trumansburg Elementary)

Cayuga Heights Elementary Mural Project

From Cayuga Heights Elementary School PTA President Leah Yonker

“Our school has been chosen by the Ithaca Murals Initiative to have a mural painted on the side wall of our school (above where the rock garden lives). This group has been responsible for many of the beautiful murals that brighten our town. Our principal Lisa Sahasrabudhe and our art teacher Marlena Doerr have both been instrumental in bringing this program to CHES.

Our fifth graders have been brainstorming themes and proposals are currently being accepted from artists. Once proposals are submitted (Jan 22 is the deadline) the entire school will be able to vote for the winning proposal....(read more)

Congrats Middle School Band Students

The DeWitt Middle School and Boynton Middle Band Programs are proud to announce that 13 students have been selected as participants or alternates for the 2022 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band. The participating students will rehearse and perform with the other members of the statewide band at the NYSBDA Symposium on March 4 - 5, 2022, in Liverpool, NY.

The alternates include, Alasdair Smith (tuba), Roxanne Nelson (trumpet), Jona Yamaguchi (trumpet) and Julia Howe (flute)....(read more)

IHS Fall Drama Nov 19, 20, 21

Nov 19, 20 and 21 IHS Drama Club presents: She Kills Monsters by QUI NGUYEN

She Kills Monsters is a drama-comedy play by Qui Nguyen that tells the story of Agnes Evans, a woman who loses her parents and little sister, Tilly, in a car accident. Having been very distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks on an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Ticket sale prices are $8 for students and $10 for adults if purchased online any day before the show’s opening date. On Friday, November 19th, tickets will change to $10 for students and $12 for adults.

Paper tickets are required for entrance. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at will call located in Kulp Lounge on Friday, November 19th, from 9:00 a.m....(read more)

ICSD adjusts protocols from 6 feet to 3 feet for Band, Choir and Theater

November 3, 2021 Greetings,

We have been grateful for the tremendous work of our students and staff who have closely followed our health and safety measures. After closely monitoring the protocols and COVID-19 mitigation methods in our school district, along with maintaining ongoing communication with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) and our regional school districts, we have embraced another change to our COVID-19 protocols.

Starting on Monday, November 8, 2021, band, choir, and theatre will move from 6 feet to 3 feet of physical distancing. A number of factors have contributed to this change....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Deadline December 12, 2021

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

The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks, Saturday to Wednesday, February 19-23, 2022 and Saturday to Wednesday, April 9-13, 2022.

The residency is designed to provide 5 day, 4 night retreats for local teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Teachers are selected through a lottery system....(read more)

Ad Sponsor Campaign Raises Money For School Grants


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertising sponsors for its 2021-22 performance program booklets for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) secondary schools’ events including concerts, dramas, and musicals of Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Display ad space in programs is available for sponsors who would like to support FABG activities throughout the ICSD. Contact the boosters at or go to Performance program ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Grants for teachers that fund enhanced arts experiences for students....(read more)

Apply for FABG Grants Now Oct 15 Deadline


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) announces grant deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year to support Ithaca City School District students’ arts learning. FABG Grants application deadlines are October 15, 2021 and February 1, 2022. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

“Teachers and students have met the challenges of the past year and continued their arts education in creative and unusual ways. We look forward to a new year and our continued support of the Ithaca City School District. Deadlines are announced now to give teachers time to dream and plan,” notes FABG Grants Chair Caitlin Kline....(read more)

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