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. The application deadline is December 12, 2021, and the application will be available at Teachers may choose which session to attend. COVID 19 protocols are in place and described on the website.

Saltonstall offers a quiet studio, a beautiful setting and time for inspiration in Ellis Hollow. The Saltonstall Foundation and FABG support teachers in their creative work inside and outside the classroom. Saltonstall includes an accessible studio and kitchen.

Lesley Williamson, executive director of the Saltonstall Foundation, is committed to providing a safe and restorative retreat. “It’s hard for me to imagine how difficult and stress-filled life has been for teachers during this time,” she says. “It’s really our pleasure to offer these short retreats and provide time and space for a little self-care.”

Jon Raimon, teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School, captured how he benefited from this residency, “Walking in the woods, spending time with a book of poetry, and then writing late into the night reminded me why I teach…Spending time at Saltonstall rejunvenates me and, I hope, makes me a better teacher”.

Ongoing FABG initiatives include grants to teachers, student scholarships, producing the performance booklets for ICSD secondary schools’ concerts and drama productions; strengthening community connections; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca (collection of used musical instruments for use in the schools); Saltonstall Foundation retreat for teachers; and various efforts in support of arts in the schools.

For more information about the booster group and how you can help, contact Co-Presidents Alice Wu and Julie Hughes at or (607)256-4734. If you want to stay informed about what is happening with the fine and performing arts in the ICSD, consider following @fabgithaca on Twitter and Facebook or join the listserv by emailing

FABG is open to all K-12 staff, parents, students and community members and is concerned with all arts areas. Join the group and volunteer to work on goals – communication, grant giving, development, community connections, and instrument recycling.

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation in arts programs. The boosters believe the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education. Visit

IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Visit