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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Key Arts Deadlines for 2019 2020

2019 2020 Key Arts Deadlines for Grants and Teacher Residency FABG, IPEI, CAP, Saltonstall Arts Colony

Please consider applying for these grants and opportunities, and coming to meetings.

Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grant Deadlines – Oct 15, 2019 and February 1, 2020 Opportunity Grant Deadlines – ongoing outside of above deadlines for art, music, drama teachers FABG General Meetings: Oct 16 at 5:30 and March 11 at 5:30 at IHS Performing Arts Center lobby

Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Red and Gold Grants Teacher Grants Connecting Classroom Grants – October 9, January 8, March 18 for all categories

Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Arts Education Grant – November 8, 2019 for Spring 2020 more)

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

Fall Grants and Next Grant Deadline


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,093 in grants to ten Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 956 students. Awarded grants reach students from Pre-K through high school. A storytelling workshop by Jay Leeming will benefit Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) students. ICSD students will perform in the Cayuga Chamber Youth Orchestra Festival Chorus event. Pre-K students will extend their Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca visit to Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art with art and artifact posters....(read more)

Frozen to be done at DeWitt, Order tickets now.

Order your Frozen tickets now.

December 12, 13, 14 at 7:00pm and December 14 and 15 at 2:00pm DeWitt Middle School Theatre at 560 Warren Rd, Ithaca NY 14850

Tickets are $8 for students/seniors under 18yrs/over 65yrs and $10 for adults Tickets are available for purchase at lunchtime during the week of the show or through a ticket form

Tickets can also be purchased, if available, at the door, or secured in advance by e-mailing

DeWitt Chorus opens Advocacy Center Event

Dear DeWitt Community,

Join us on Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm at Kulp Theater!.

The DeWitt 6th Grade Chorus Students will be opening the evening with a concert to bring awareness and support to the Ithaca Advocacy Center of Ithaca. Our hearty and plucky students will be singing powerful songs to set the tone for an evening of community support, awareness and togetherness. We should be very proud of our DeWitt 6th Grade Chorus Students.

Please Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, November 15th at Kulp. There is a $10 suggested donation but no person will be turned away from entry. Please email me directly with any questions.

Buddie Woodridge 6th Grade Chorus Teacher

Teachers Apply Dec 15 for Saltonstall Residency

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) teachers and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and March school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type 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)

Donate those used musical instruments now!

“Play it Again, Ithaca” – Puts Musical Instruments into the Hands of Children

(Ithaca) A record number of musical instruments were put into the hands of children in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) this past year through the “Play it Again, Ithaca” instrument-recycling program. “It was an amazing response,” said Coordinator Suzanne Snedeker. “We reached out to the community, and the number of our donations tripled in 2018-19.”

A program of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), this instrument-recycling program urged community members to dust off and donate their unused instruments so that they could literally be played again....(read more)

Little Apple Fall Follies Oct 5


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, welcomes all to attend the Little Apple Fall Follies (LAFF), a variety show produced by the Rotary and Savage Clubs to support the arts, on October 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High Performing Arts Center, 1405 N. Cayuga Street. This family friendly event features talented Ithacans as well as Ithaca High School students. The concession stand will be brimming with homemade baked goods. The talent of your neighbors will surprise you. All proceeds support the arts....(read more)

Mini-Grant Deadline Oct 15, 2019


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 2019 deadline is October 15, 2019. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff, teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically....(read more)

Audition for DeWitt Musical

Dear DeWitt Students,

Auditions for Frozen are this week. You can audition by yourself, with a friend or even as a trio - whatever makes you comfortable. Prepare to sing a 20-30 second vocal piece that best showcases you. Your song does not have to be from Frozen. Also, be prepared to tell a short story of a memorable moment at school. Sign up outside of Mr. Woodridge’s room for a 5 minute time slot.

Auditions for Frozen are: Tuesday 24th 3:30-5:30 (No Bus) Wednesday 25th 2:30-5:00pm (Bus available at 5:00pm) Thursday 26th 3:30-5:53pm (No Bus) Friday 27th 3:30-5:00pm(Bus available at 5:00pm)

Everything will be done in room E201 and Music Office unless a needed change happens.

FIRST FULL CAST MEETINGs/Rehearsals WILL BE OCTOBER 1st and 3rd from 3:30-4:30pm.

Mr....(read more)

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