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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Congratulations to the DeWitt Middle Schoolers!

Not only did they put on a wonderful musical, but their efforts also raised money for a school in Haiti. Because a portion of the ticket price was designated for donation, $1,150 went to The New Victoria School in Haiti! Bravo arts and service!

IHS Musical - The Wiz Performances 4/7-4/9

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Photos: Mary C. Hunt, Costume Designer

Director Notes from Lorraine Tino

Welcome to our first musical in the new Performing Arts Center! I am especially pleased that this first musical is The Wiz! The Wiz retells L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic novel in an African American context. An important part of American theatrical history, the original production was pivotal in bringing about mainstream acceptance of works with an all black cast. The show won nine Tony Awards when it opened in 1975, including Best Musical and Best Score....(read more)

ITHACA HIGH JUNIOR SELECTED TO PERFORM IN PRESTIGIOUS ALL-EASTERN HONORS CHORUS

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Ithaca High School Junior, Haley Evanoski, was selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Chorus Ensemble as a Soprano 1. Ms. Evanoski’s application competed against top All-State Junior and Senior High School music students throughout New York State for this prestigious vocalist position. With assistance from her music teacher, Mr. Arthur Loomis, and her vocal coach, Ms. Brenda Dawe, this exceptional student has prepared remarkably challenging music. Ms. Evanoski will perform under the leadership of the prominent conductor Constantina Tsolainou from Columbia State University in Columbia, Georgia....(read more)

Blowin' in the Wind Quilt Supports the Arts in ICSD

Blowin' in the Wind Quilt  Supports the Arts in ICSD

Exquisite quilt designed, pieced, and machine quilted by Marcie Wyant of CottonPatchQuilts. Size: 82” square, 100% cotton. Your ticket will support the costumes for plays and musicals at DeWitt Middle School, Boynton Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Funding for costumes are raised each year through ticket sales. The quilt drawing donations will help secondary schools and honors the wonderful fabric work of our quilt donor, Marcie Wyant, retired ICSD teacher.

Purchase your quilt drawing ticket(s) with the Donate! box below (in the read more section)—one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5.
Or email president@fabgithaca.org and send your check to FABG, 101 East State Street, #182, Ithaca, NY 14850....(read more)

Fine Arts Booster Group Survey Highlights

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96 Respondents
Of the respondents who were not parents of current ICSD students, 58% identified as a community member and 42% as teachers/administrators. A larger chunk of respondents had children in grades 4-8, than grades 1 through 12. This is probably due to the survey “launch” at a middle school concert.

We received a tremendous response to this survey with lots of excellent feedback. 
Further, thoughtful digestion of the comments is warranted....(read more)

Record Number of ICSD Musicians Earn All-State Band Honors

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The New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) has announced that thirteen Ithaca City School District Musicians have earned positions in the 2011 Statewide Middle School Honor Band, the largest number of students from any school district in the state. Two additional students have been accepted as alternates. Fairport (9), Williamsville (8), Niskayuna (7) and Great Neck (6) round out the top five....(read more)

Booster Meeting to Evaluate Goals - All Invited to this Retreat

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a “retreat” to evaluate goals and think creatively about the booster’s future. The public is invited to attend the meeting on March 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Boynton Middle School Library, 1601 N. Cayuga Street. Holly Adams, STARR Network Coordinator of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), will facilitate the discussion. Interested parents and community members are invited to attend. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

TAKE ARTS BOOSTER SURVEY: SHAPE FUTURE GOALS

(ITHACA) The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, invites community members to take an online survey here. This survey will provide the boosters will information to shape future goals in a tough economic time. Interested parents and community members are encouraged to take the five minute survey. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

Formed in 2001, the Fine Arts Booster Group is evaluating its goals for the future and assessing current arts needs in the Ithaca City School District. For more information about the booster group, contact Martha Frommelt at president@fabgithaca.org or 277-4631....(read more)

Honoring Frank Mazurek, former Ithaca High School Orchestra Director

We mark, with sadness, the passing of Frank Mazurek on December 31.

Mr. Mazurek was the former Ithaca High Orchestra director, remembered for his excellent leadership and many years of service to so many students. Mr. Myers, current IHS Orchestra teacher, recalls, Frank was such “a wonderful, giving man who gave a big part of his life to the orchestra. I’m sure there are many alumni and other supporters of the arts in Ithaca whose lives were touched by him, and would want to know of his passing. …. He brought a deep devotion and commitment to the orchestra.”

Upon his retirement from Ithaca High, a scholarship was established in his name called the Frank Mazurek String Award. His impact is still felt at Ithaca High. The boosters are pleased that Mr....(read more)

Upcoming Dates - Jan. 13 Meeting and Feb 1 Minigrant Deadline

The general meeting that had been cancelled due to flooding is now rescheduled for January 13, Thursday, 6-7:00 p.m. at Ithaca High School Activities Room. We will get your feedback about our current programs to help us evaluate the direction for the future.

Feb 1 is our next mini-grant deadline. Check our Receive section for forms.

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