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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NYSSMA Canceled for 2020

The New York State Schools Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival scheduled for May has been canceled due to the virus concerns.


The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund, an endowed fund of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), recently announced the 2019-20 award of $1,000. JEMM annually supports music education needs with priority for elementary student instrument rental scholarships and secondary student instrumental music group trip scholarships. IPEI administers JEMM with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG). JEMM celebrates the late Josh Endo’s love of music and his music education in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).

Update March 13: Ithaca City School District closed through April 12

Find out about closure and plan to feed children on the district homepage.

From the district re; COVID-19 and events March 12 - April 17

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all ICSD performing arts concerts, performances and trips that fall within the window of March 12 to April 17th are currently cancelled.

All other concerts, performances and trips after April 17th are NOT cancelled at this time.

Performing arts after school rehearsals are not cancelled and may continue as scheduled at this time.

ICSD strives to provide excellent communication during this rapidly changing situation. For the latest up to date information please go to the ICSD website.

As this threat accelerates, we have little control over the way the health recommendations will impact our upcoming concerts, trips and performances.
However, we do have control over the creativity and innovation used to overcome this challenge....(read more)

Come to FABG General Meeting for Spring 2020

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium Lounge, 1401 N. Cayuga Street. The Fine Arts Booster Group supports all the arts in the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).The meeting is open to parents/caregivers, staff, students, and community members.

The public is invited to hear presentations from the ICSD Fine Arts and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu regarding arts initiatives. The boosters will also discuss upcoming goals. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting. Essential updates will conclude at 6:30 p.m. for Ithaca Wind Ensemble concert attenders....(read more)

Come to the IPEI Spelling Bee March 1

Mark your calendar now for the IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on March 1 at 2:00 at IHS. This annual event is family friendly and fun to watch. This fun raises money for grants to our schools.

Cheer on the Fine Arts Booster Group’s team, the Fine Arts “Word” Boosters. Martha Frommelt, Daphne Shululu and Elisa Sciscioli Keeler will represent FABG and collectively hope to make it through the first round!

Consider coming to nosh, cheer, play or sign up for your own team!

ICSD Grad Camille Chew's artwork is featured on new USPS Lunar New Year stamp

Camille Chew, a Belle Sherman and LACS grad, has a new 2020 stamp based on her artwork, celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Arts are alive in the ICSD and beyond! Check out the USPS info at:

Saltonstall Teacher Residency -Teachers Announced 2020

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Teachers 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 April school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free for teachers selected through a lottery system....(read more)

Volunteer for District Wide Arts Event - Contact district (607)220-9167 9-10:15 a.m. on Jan 13 is of particular need for volunteers


The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) hosts a culminating gallery event for the Soul of the Earth Art Project involving third graders across the district. The third graders will visit Ithaca High School’s Performing Art Center where student work will be displayed in the lobby area. On January 13, 2020, students will get a chance to view their work and enjoy a concert by the Honey Child Soul Quintet. The group will perform songs that inspired the art work.

Teaching Artist Elisa S. Keeler began visiting third grade art classes in Fall 2019. Using a flute inspired by the Anasazi and Hopi people, Mrs....(read more)

More Grants Funded


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), has awarded $2,200 in grants to 6 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach over 500 students. Drama Program Grants, Trip Scholarship Grant and the Saltonstall Foundation Teacher Residency will support students and teachers in enhancing the arts curriculum.
All secondary schools received Drama Program Grants, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High. These grants support the co-curricular work of drama and musical productions. Secondary school arts trips will be supported by scholarship assistance....(read more)

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