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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IPEI Fifteen and Forward Celebration

The current IPEI Board of Directors gather at the Fifteen and Forward 15th Anniversary Celebration, 10/5/2011. Left to right: Mary Grainger, Julie Langenbacker, Deborah O’Connor, Martha Frommelt, David Shoemaker, David Lee, Pat Tempesta, Kevin Brew, Kat Anderson, Terry Byrnes, Ann Caren, Judy Stewart, Jennifer Engel. Board members absent from photo: Susan Piliero and Fran Kozen.

Because IPEI believes the education of every student in the ICSD is enhanced through community connections and support, the Fine Arts Booster Group exists. Thank you.

Donate instruments to students in Binghamton/Owego Flood Areas


As you may have heard the Southern Tier of New York recently experienced record breaking flooding and has been declared a major disaster area by the governor of NY. The City of Binghamton as well as the small town of Owego, New York was among the hardest hit areas leaving local families and businesses devastated. Even the schools were affected.

The SAVE THE MUSIC campaign seeks to help two elementary school music departments rebuild by collecting donations of playable concert instruments and/or checks to replace hundreds of instruments.

Please check your attic and rescue some long neglected instrument by placing it in the hands of a young music student....(read more)

Art Workshop for Teachers and Community Artists 10/24

The Cornell Center for Transformative Action, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and TST BOCES Enrichment Services present an Art Workshop for: Teachers and Community Artists, ART, TRANSFORMATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE: With Lily Yeh, celebrated artist, Monday, October 24, 2011. See brochure. Anyone can attend. Non-teachers apply using ‘other district’ on mylearningplan.

In addition the boosters have funded a presentation by Lily Yeh at IHS on Tuesday, October 25. Art students from across the region are invited to hear Lily talk about her work with young people at Kulp auditorium, 10:30 AM.


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The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has teacher Mini-grants available for support and/or projects in dance, drama, music and arts. The 2011-2012 fall deadline is October 30, 2011. ICSD teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at Receive tab, by calling 277-4631 or emailing

Past mini-grants have included K—12 support for visiting artists, a student art exhibit, theater supplies, and a mural and pre-school dance residency, for example....(read more)

First meeting of the school year- Monday, 9/26 at noon, upstairs at Wegmans

We will hold our first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 26 at noon upstairs at Wegmans. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear about our new committee structure and on-line committee work. We will also be planning how we will help with Area All State at IHS in November. We would love to see some new people who are excited about supporting the arts in ICSD. Tina Mollenkamp, President

Support the Arts and Join the Advertising Campaign Underway Now

Become a Fine Arts Booster Group advertiser!

Support the arts by becoming a Fine Arts Booster Group Advertiser. The 2011-12 Advertising Campaign has begun. Ad revenue supports arts grants, enabling over 4,000 Ithaca City School District students to participate in curriculum enhancing activities. Ads are placed in the performance booklets for all secondary schools, reaching the Ithaca Community at over thirty middle and high school plays, concerts and musicals. Our print run for these Boynton, DeWitt, Lehman Alternative and Ithaca High School events is 9,000, reaching many friends and families of students....(read more)

Boynton Orchestra Wins Sweepstakes Award

Ithaca City School District Music Coordinator, Michael W. Allen, has announced that the Boynton Middle School String Orchestra is the winner of the 2011 Showcase Music Festival Sweepstakes Award. This award is presented to the instrumental music ensemble, which earned the highest score out of all participating schools during the 4 week Showcase Evaluation competitions in Harrisburgh, PA. Of the 55 instrumental groups (concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras) that performed between May 7, 2011, and May 27, 2011, the Boynton Middle Orchestra topped the rankings with a score of 96.5....(read more)

Salty Dog Reunion Supports The Community

School of Rock at Fall Creek Elementary will receive a designated grant from Salty Dog Reunion. Photo: Lauren Comly

The Salty Dog Reunion shared their fun with the community through donations to three local groups. Donations were made to the Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative; the Cancer Resource Center; and the Friends of Stewart Park/Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “So many people came together to make this happen, we wanted to honor them and benefit our community,” said Hoyt Benjamin, former Salty Dog owner and one of the reunion organizers....(read more)

Mini Grant: Photography/Book Making Project & Charles R. Smith, Jr. Visit

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Report from grant recipient, Paula Long, Teacher-Librarian, BJM Elementary School

The month spent with students taking photographs and creating individual pages to go into class books excited and empowered students to new modes of expression and helped them be thoughtful and astute participants in the author, [Charles R....(read more)

ANNUAL STUDENT Art EXHIBIT Opens at Public Library on 5/31/11

The work of some of Ithaca High School’s most talented artists will be available for public viewing beginning May 31, as the Tompkins County Public Library opens its latest exhibit, Visual Culture at I.H.S.

An annual favorite among Library patrons, Visual Culture at I.H.S is curated by art faculty for the Ithaca City School District and includes the finest student works created during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The images presented in this exhibit are personal portraits and perspectives of students and their environments— their friends, their lives and their imaginations. The exhibit represents a visual dialogue of these young artists’ lives....(read more)

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