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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FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP PROMOTES COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION WITH ARTS LISTSERV

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, promotes communication about arts education through its listserv. This announcement-only listserv encourages members to share information and resources of interest to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students, teachers, families, arts supporters and the community.

Arts education news and announcements related to the fine and performing arts in the ICSD are posted. Join this list by emailing FineArtsBoosters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Or visit www.fabgithaca.org for more information.

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....(read more)

FABG Impact in Numbers

Your help has meant great impact on our students… thank you! Our numbers since 2001.

• Grants for Teachers… 324 projects funded $195,000 donated for grants and other needs

• Donated Instruments Repaired… 150 instruments repaired and given to schools

• Advocacy… Giving a voice to the arts through passion and presence

• Improve Arts Learning for All… Community resources connected to schools

• Visibility to the arts… Performance booklets printed for secondary schools, 10,000 booklets annually

• Listserv of over 200 members

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF TEACHER MINI-GRANTS

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertisting sponsors for its 2014-15 concert/play/musical event program booklets for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) secondary schools: Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Display ad space is available for sponsors who would like to support FABG activities throughout the ICSD. Contact the boosters at ads@fabgithaca.org.

Performance program display ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Mini-Grants for teachers that fund enhanced arts experiences for students....(read more)

Ithaca High Art Students Exhibit at Tompkins County Public Library until August 30, 2014

Don’t let the summer go by with out visiting

Visual Culture

the annual Ithaca High School Student Art Show

at the Tompkins County Public Library

on exhibit until August 30, 2014

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF TEACHER MINI-GRANTS

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has begun the 2014 - 2015 ad sales campaign. Ad space is now available in the concert/play/musical booklets for the Ithaca City School District secondary schools: Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Contact the boosters at ads@fabgithaca.org.

Ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Mini-Grant Program, teacher grants for student arts experiences. Ads are year round, in over 30 different programs covering over 50 days and in a print run of 10,000.

The FABG Ad Campaign has funded mini-grants for visiting artists, a student art garden, theater supplies, a mural and a pre-school dance residency, for example....(read more)

Consider Volunteering in 2014-2015

Fine Arts Booster Group ——— Consider Volunteering! Volunteer Needs 2014-15 Contact us at president@fabgithaca.org

FABG Volunteer jobs are meant to be “lighter”, something that can be done while you are also active with your student’s choir, drama, band, orchestra, dance or art class, or fitting into your other community volunteering!...(read more)

Join us in Celebrating State of the Art Gallery and their 25 years with a Raffle! Get Your Tickets Now before Nov. 7!

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, State of the Art Gallery will partner with Ithaca’s Fine Arts Booster Group in a fundraising raffle! Tickets will be available at the Gallery, at the Ithaca High Open House in the cafeteria on Oct 16, at the joint Ithaca High Concert Oct 29, and at the State Gallery night on November 7, when the drawing occurs.

State of the Art member artists will donate original artwork for the raffle, and 20% of the money raised will go to the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) to support arts in the schools. FABG is an affiliate of IPEI.

The gallery has a history of educational efforts in the arts, and this year, in particular, wants to reach out to the community....(read more)

Thanks for a Great 2013-2014 School Year!

A hearty thanks to all volunteers, community members, parents, staff, teachers and champions of the arts! The school district budget passed. And the arts continue to be alive and well in the Ithaca City School District. Check back soon for our year end report.

Use the summer to refresh and experience the arts. Consider helping your school apply for an FABG or IPEI grant in the 2014-2015 year. Consider volunteering. Consider giving. Consider the role the arts play in a balanced education.

Have a wonderful summer.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE:

Students (and others) who are 18 and older and would like to vote in the upcoming May 20 election for the budget and Board of Education representatives can register to vote tomorrow, Thursday, May 8, from 9 am - 1 pm in the District Clerk’s Office at 400 Lake Street (the Board of Education building near the library and K building) with District Clerk Danielle DeSilva. (274-2102)

In order to be able to eligible to register, a person needs to be

  • a US citizen
  • 18 years old (or older)
  • a legal resident of the district for 30 days before the election

(See this document on the ICSD website, which gives that information.)

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JEMM AWARD GRANTS ACCESS TO ELEMENTARY MUSIC

The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund recently supported over 100 elementary students’ instrument rentals for the 2013-14 school year. JEMM annually supports music education needs with priority for elementary student instrument rental scholarships and secondary student music group trip scholarships. The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Fund administers the JEMM fund with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an IPEI affiliate....(read more)

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