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

The Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a five-day, four-night retreat for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers February 12-16, 2016. This residency is designed to provide a residency-type retreat for local ICSD teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Five ICSD teachers were selected through a lottery system....(read more)

IPEI’s Adult Spelling Bee is Sunday, March 6

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual IPEI Adult Spelling Bee, a family-friendly community event with 28 spelling bee teams - three team members each - as well as an official pronouncer, timekeeper, and judges. The Bee is the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)’s signature fundraising event raising funds for IPEI grants for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers. Last year over $90,000 in grants was awarded for projects that enhance the education of ICSD students.

Scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Wellness Center Gym, this fun-filled gathering draws a large crowd of all ages eager to watch the teams of spellers representing local businesses, schools, and community groups....(read more)

ARTS BOOSTER MINI-GRANT DEADLINE: February 1, 2016

ARTS BOOSTER MINI-GRANT DEADLINE: February 1, 2016

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. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. The Spring 2016 deadline is February 1 for electronic submission. Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive or by calling (607)256-4734 or emailing president@fabgithaca.org. An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation, and for equity in the arts programs....(read more)

Saltonstall Arts Colony Teacher Residency extends deadline to Jan 15

Saltonstall Arts Colony Teacher Residency has been extended to January 15 from January 8 to give teachers a bit more time to apply post break.

Check the Saltsonstall website for the simple application form.

Women's Works Young Composer Competition

Women’s Works of Ithaca is pleased to announce a Young Composers Competition. Women’s Works is dedicated to performing and promoting music written by women. This competition encourages the development of emerging female composers by providing a professional performance and monetary prize of $100 for the grand prize entry. The selection committee will meet in February 2015 to award the grand prize along with winners for categories for 1) under 19 and 2) 19 – 22 years old. Winning compositions under 5 minutes will be performed and recorded in March 2015 by Women’s Works.

Guidelines:

  • Composers must be female, and no older than age 22 by January 1, 2016.

  • Submissions of short works will be accepted until January 31, 2016....(read more)

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

The Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a five-day, four-night retreat for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers February 12-16, 2016. This residency is designed to provide a residency-type retreat for local ICSD teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Hearty vegetarian dinners will be prepared each night. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. Five teachers will be selected through a lottery system. The deadline for the simiple online application is January 8, 2016....(read more)

FABG Funds Grants for Teachers and Drama Programs

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $5,330 in mini-grants to 13 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) projects that will reach 2,095 students. Funded projects include support for DeWitt, Boynton, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School drama programs grants; Enfield Band Mentors Program; technical theater hand tools; a dance residency in pre-K classrooms; Maori sticks for Beverly J. Martin and Caroline Elementary schools; artist visits following a Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca Johnson Museum field trip; Boynton Middle School music sight reading assistance; Beauty and the Beast; and Ithaca High visual arts tools for ceramics....(read more)

Retired Teacher Supports Music in Schools: Check IPEI grant deadlines

A retired teacher has made a gift to IPEI designated for “Grants”. She wants to facilitate additional creative integration of music into elementary curricula. In 2015-16, IPEI can fund one Teacher Grant, totaling up to $1,500; and one Red and Gold Grant, up to $500, for projects that do this. Examples include students composing songs related to subject matter, use of instruments, creating instruments from found objects, and writing poetry to music.

Young Artists Show Off Their Self-Portraits

Some of ICSD’s young artists show off their beautiful self-portraits!

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FABG To meet Tuesday, October 13

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center lobby. The public is invited to hear arts updates from interim Fine Arts Director Steve Beamish and arts teachers Callie Bryant and Jenna Jordan, as well as information about FABG goals. The boosters serve all the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). The public is invited. Food will be provided.

For more information about the booster group, contact Co-Presidents Vanessa Wagner and Alice Wu at president@fabgithaca.org or (607)256-4734....(read more)

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