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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Ithaca High Announces Musical 2021

IHS Student Show Selection Committee selects A Killer Party by Kait Kerrigan for the spring 2021 musical.

A Killer Party is a murder mystery musical created by Broadway artists during quarantine 2020. This catchy pop-rock score was described by the New York Times as “a goofy lark featuring jaunting tunes” reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The musical was written exclusively for a virtual performance and includes inclusive language pronouns and interchangeable gender identities for flexible casting.

In the spring 2020, IHS students were surveyed to find out what stories they wanted to produce for the IHS play and musical. From this data, the production team vetted shows to match student interest and presented the ideas to the IHS Student Show Selection Committee before voting....(read more)

Ithaca College Collaborates with ICSD Music Teachers to Design Virtual Music Projects

Eleven ICSD music teachers are partnering with 22 Ithaca College preservice music teachers to design virtual music projects using an online collaborative sound recording program, Soundtrap.

The music teachers participated in professional development workshops this fall, after the district procured subscriptions for students to access the online recording software. Beginning in February, ICSD music students will participate in songwriting activities, chamber music projects, and large virtual ensembles in cloud-based musical collaborations with their peers. Ithaca College students have been using Soundtrap since moving to fully-remote instruction in March 2020, producing both large-scale productions and smaller projects....(read more)

Ithaca High School Choir Collaboration with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee SIngers

Ithaca HS Choirs will engage in a 4-month community collaboration with the Dr. Baruch Whitehead and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers.

This will include 2 Virtual Choir Project “singles”, including Glory by John Legend and Common, plus 2 virtual choir projects for the March 12 IHS Virtual Theme Concert “Lost and Found”: Great Day by Moses Hogan and Amazing Grace, arrangement by Michael Stern, ‘14.

In addition, there will be monthly in-class community development sessions with lessons about the African American Spiritual, Gospel Music and discussions surrounding representation, anti-racism, bias and allyship.

From Daphne Shululu, ICSD Fine and Performing Arts Director

Dewitt and Boynton Middle School Band members selected for Statewide Honor Band

Press Release

The Ithaca City School District is proud to announce that sixteen (16) middle school band members, from DeWitt Middle School and Boynton Middle School, have been selected to participate in the 2021 New York State Band Directors Association Statewide Middle School Honor Band. Congratulations to all of the participants for this outstanding and noteworthy accomplishment....(read more)

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Fine Arts Boosters Group yahoogroup listserv is switching to

Dear Fine Arts Booster Group listserv members,

After twenty years of this listserv under yahoogroups, we are transferring to There is nothing you have to do. The new address is If you have a yahoo mail address, that email address will not be affected by yahoogroups ending, you can keep the yahoo email address. This first message will be followed up by other information to let you know when the listserv has transferred. Reply to with any questions.

Our list is 242 members strong. The listserv represented our first foray into the web world, and now FABG is also on twitter and facebook, in addition to our webpage....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Deadline December 13, 2020

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, February 13-17, 2021 and April 3-7, 2021.

The program is designed to provide 5 day, 4 night 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)

DeWitt Middle School Variety Show - Virtual

You are invited to “attend” the virtual performance of the

DeWitt Middle School Variety Show

Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 30th , 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

via youtube access below

Thanks to the DeWitt Community and Director Buddie Woodridge for finding a way to share student talents!

Links are here for the shows: Open only during the show window 6:40-9:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 29, 7:00pm

Friday, Oct 30, 7:00pm

Ithaca City School District Continues Performing Arts Events...Virtually in 2020-2021

With a note from ICSD Director of Fine and Performing Arts Daphne Shululu

While it is our great hope to adhere to the performance calendar for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year, circumstances require mutual flexibility in the delivery of the type of performance due to temporary closures, delays and measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID 19. Please know that, to the best of our ability, we plan to offer culminating events that will celebrate and honor the work of our students. Details pertaining to the performance calendar will be released on an ongoing basis. Staff members will keep caregivers informed.

Fine Arts Booster Group Ad Campaign 2020

The Fine Arts Booster Group is launching the fall ad campaign, with a twist! As secondary school performances go virtual, so will FABG. An ad sponsor list will be created in virtual performance programs. A donation of any size is welcomed. This support funds FABG grants to all the schools. Check out purchase for more information.

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